Update about FCC Indoor Location Mandate

Mar 20, 2014

Source: GPS Business News

Update about FCC Indoor Location Mandate

In February the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pushed forward its goal to establish a mandate requiring U.S. wireless operators to provide precise indoor location of calls to 911.

The FCC published a “Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking“ where it seeked comments from the wireless industry on the following rules: - Wireless carriers would be required to provide horizontal location (x- and y-axis) information within 50 meters of the caller for 67 percent of 911 calls placed from indoor environments within two years of the effective date of adoption of rules, and for 80 percent of indoor calls within five years. - They would also be required to provide vertical location (z-axis) information within 3 meters of the caller for 67 percent of indoor 911 calls within three years of the adoption of rules, and for 80 percent of calls within five years.

While the horizontal accuracy seems feasible, the vertical accuracy (floor discrimination) seems a bit of a challenge for network-based location technologies.
GPS Business News discussed this upcoming mandate and the industry challenges around it with Bhavin Shah, vice president of marketing and business development at Polaris Wireless, a well known supplier of location services to wireless operators.
Bhavin Shah has been closely working with the FCC for the last couple of years on that particular topic and Polaris Wireless has already participated into an indoor location benchtest organized by the Commission.

Listen to our Podcast with Bhavin Shah:

bhavin_shah_polaris_wireless.mp3Bhavin Shah Polaris Wireless.mp3 (14.11 MB)

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