You Don’t Know Where I am? Understanding E9-1-1 Location Accuracy

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The ability for 9-1-1 telecommnuicators to locate a wireless caller is perhaps one of the most misunderstood functions of emergency communications.  In future posts, we’ll investigate the technologies involved, but the infographic below outlines the FCC’s current E9-1-1 location accuracy requirements.  This isn’t necessarily what the wireless carriers deliver to today, instead it is what is minimally required.  It’s important to note that over the next few years the standards become more stringent.  But for now, hope this helps explain a complex standard that is highly dependent on the technology employed by your carrier/handset and where you are located.

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Written by Todd Piett

Todd Piett joined Rave in 2005 and today runs the global organization that has its technology deployed at thousands of colleges, universities, businesses and communities. Prior to joining Rave, Todd was responsible for launching new products for Unica Corporation where he helped drive their successful IPO. Previously, Todd was VP of Product and Marketing for iBelong, a portal provider targeting affinity organizations and a Program Manager at Dell Computer where he launched Dell’s branded ISP. Todd graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. After graduation from West Point he served 7 years in the US Army as an aviation officer.

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