July 16, 2008 By News Report
RCC Consultants Inc. has introduced a new tool to benefit the nation's 9-1-1 public safety answering points (PSAP) by providing them the means to independently test and verify the accuracy of wireless 9-1-1 caller location information delivered to 9-1-1 centers by wireless service providers.
When the location information of a wireless 9-1-1 caller is not available or reported to the PSAP inaccurately, the response of emergency services can be delayed with dire consequences.
The ComSite9-1-1e was designed to help the PSAPs assess the accuracy of location information that is delivered to them by any wireless carrier. The testing methodology used by the device is based on nationally recognized standards published by the Federal Communications Commission.
"Using our experience in conducting the Nation's first wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy testing to provide municipalities with the ability to rapidly and accurately verify wireless 9-1-1 location data being delivered to their PSAP is part of RCC's ongoing commitment to the public safety community", said Dr. Joseph Y. Nasser, Senior Vice President of RCC's Public Safety Information Systems Group. "Having a tool to verify the accuracy of wireless location data at the PSAP level is indispensable in helping emergency responders quickly locate wireless 9-1-1 callers in the community."
The ComSite9-1-1e tool provides the ability to perform ad-hoc testing in defined target areas or across the entire service area, inside buildings, and over water. Testing can be performed for only one wireless service provider or for multiple wireless service providers. ComSite9-1-1e can also verify the accuracy of wireless calls made on Next Generation 9-1-1 systems. ComSite9-1-1e is fully upgradable as local requirements change.
The product will be officially unveiled at the Associated Public Safety Communications Official - International 74thAnnual Conference and Expo, August 3-7, 2008, in Kansas City, M.O.
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