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Polaris Wireless Announces Participation In CSRIC Indoor Technology Market Trial

  Polaris Wireless Announces Participation In CSRIC Indoor Technology Market
  Trial

  Polaris Wireless Location Signatures^TM is the Only Network-Based Location
                   Technology Tested in Indoor Environments

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- November 27, 2012

Polaris Wireless, the global leader in high-accuracy, software-based wireless
location solutions, announced today that it is participating in a
groundbreaking indoor location technology market trial organized by the
Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) advisory committee, the
Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). The
trial is taking place from November 15 through December 31, 2012 in urban,
suburban, and rural communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Polaris
Wireless is the only network-based location technology provider that is being
tested in indoor environments, as other network-based location technology
providers withdrew from participation in the CSRIC trials.

“We are very enthusiastic to participate in the CSRIC trial for indoor
location,” said Manlio Allegra, Polaris Wireless CEO and Co-founder. “This
vote of confidence reflects our leading-edge location technology performance,
especially in indoor environments, through deployments all over the world.”

The trial involves the simultaneous testing of indoor location technologies
from four leading companies: Polaris Wireless, Qualcomm, Boeing, and NextNav.
The trial includes Polaris Wireless Location Signatures (Polaris WLS^TM), a
software- based RF Pattern Matching approach to the high-accuracy location
determination problem, requiring no changes in the wireless device or in the
wireless service provider’s base stations. CSRIC’s goal is to identify
technologies that can be deployed to enable PSAPs (Public Safety Answering
Points) to quickly and accurately locate emergency callers. One of the leading
challenges for today’s public safety responder is how to accurately locate an
emergency caller indoors. This challenge will only grow as mobile subscribers
increasingly come to rely upon their mobile devices for the vast majority of
calls, both indoors and outdoors. The percentage of 911 calls placed from
mobile devices indoors is increasing. While PSAPs do not track this statistic,
the FCC states that 70 percent of all 911 calls are made from a mobile device,
thus a significant amount of those calls are assumed to originate from mobile
devices indoors. According to a J.D. Power survey, approximately 60 percent of
calls originate from indoor environments and this statistic continues to grow
every year.

“ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) welcomes Polaris
Wireless’ participation in the testing,” said Susan Miller, President and CEO
of ATIS, the organization that has developed many of the standards and
methodologies used in the testing. “Polaris Wireless’ contributions in ATIS
and CSRIC, and its knowledge of the criticality of location accuracy to
emergency services, will play a critical role in understanding the
capabilities of the current location technologies.”

Polaris Wireless has long been involved in CSRIC and ATIS efforts to
standardize and promote location technologies. The company was among the first
to deploy a software-based location solution that meets the FCC e911 mandate
for location accuracy, and a Polaris Wireless executive currently serves as
co-chairman of CSRIC’s efforts on improving indoor location technology.

About Polaris Wireless

Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Polaris Wireless is the global leader
in providing high accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions to
wireless operators, law enforcement/government agencies and location-based
application companies. Since 2003, Polaris Wireless has successfully completed
38 global deployments – 14 for lawful location surveillance in Asia and EMEA,
and 24 to meet FCC E911 Phase II requirements in the US. The company has
offices in Dubai, U.A.E., Bangalore, India, Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile.

Polaris Wireless is the recipient of the prestigious Frost & Sullivan “2011
Enabling Technology of the Year” award and was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000
list of fastest-growing private companies, recognizing the company’s
accomplishments and leadership in developing location solutions. The company
participates in location committees and other groups within the 3GPP and OMA
standards setting bodies, and also participates in regulatory and industry
bodies related to E911, lawful location surveillance, and location-based
services. Polaris Wireless is located at 301 North Whisman Road, Mountain
View, CA 94043 USA. For more information about Polaris Wireless, please visit
http://www.polariswireless.com.

Contact:

Interprose PR for Polaris Wireless
Becky Obbema, +1 408-778-2024
becky[dot]obbema[at]interprosepr.com
 
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