TeleCommunication Systems and Cisco Demonstrate How Wi-Fi Can Enable First
Responders to Locate Mobile Phone Users in Emergencies
Technology Demonstration at NENA 2014 Conference & Expo on June 16-19 in
ANNAPOLIS, Md. and NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 16, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. and NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/
--TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), today announced that
it is collaborating with Cisco to demonstrate the use of Wi-Fi technology to
complement standard 9-1-1 solutions for the purpose of providing indoor
location information in emergency situations. The demonstration takes place at
the NENA Annual Conference, TCS booth #515, in Nashville's Music City Center,
Using Cisco's Mobility Services Engine (MSE) for Wi-Fi together with TCS'
GEM9-1-1™ information mapping solution, the companies are demonstrating how
the MSE can provide an indoor caller's location information to 9-1-1 call
takers. When a cell phone or other device is used to call or text 9-1-1 from a
Wi-Fi-equipped indoor area (e.g., an office building, a mall, or an airport),
the location of a nearby Wi-Fi access point can be obtained and displayed to
the 9-1-1 call taker. This information is very useful at times when other
location techniques such as GPS lose much of their accuracy.
oAbout 70% of the 500,000 daily 9-1-1 calls nationally are placed from cell
phones. Various location techniques, including GPS, are helpful in
providing location for the caller, but when the caller is indoors, those
techniques lose much of their accuracy. If the caller is unable to
verbally specify his or her location, first responders lose precious time
locating the caller.
oThere are now tens of millions of Wi-Fi access points deployed across the
U.S. with the number growing by millions each year. The TCS/Cisco
demonstration shows how this installed base could contribute to indoor
location accuracy for 9-1-1 and better first response outcomes.
oTo see the Cisco/TCS Wi-Fi demonstration at the NENA annual conference,
visit TCS booth #515.
Cisco Senior Director, Government Affairs, Mary Brown stated: "Every second
counts in an emergency situation, and so we need to find a way to provide
accurate information to 9-1-1 dispatchers, especially when victims request
help from a mobile phone. Cisco is committed to applying our Wi-Fi technology
to save lives. We believe this demonstration shows how our Mobility Services
Engine can dramatically improve indoor location information associated with
emergency calls, reducing the time first responders are able to locate and
assist the caller. We are pleased to be collaborating with TCS, a recognized
pioneer in wireless E9-1-1 and leader in next generation 9-1-1 technology and
TCS Safety & Security Group Vice President Kent Hellebust stated: "TCS has
long been a leader in developing new technology approaches for the Public
Safety community. Cisco is applying their IT knowledge in the pursuit of this
same goal, and together we offer this technical approach as a solution to the
challenge of improved indoor location information in emergency situations."
oTCS Indoor Location Accuracy:
oTCS Public Safety:
Since deploying the first U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998, TCS has been
leading public safety solutions for wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1), NG9-1-1
and E1-1-2. TCS supports half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more
than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. TCS is leading the
enablement of text-to 9-1-1, and TCS also leads the nation in emergency
services IP network (ESInet) deployments. TCS is the only non-carrier TL
9000-certified company that supports E9-1-1 services. Its E9-1-1 and NG9-1-1
solutions ensure that a subscriber's emergency call is routed to the
appropriate PSAP and automatically pinpoints the caller's location
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in
highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure
forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging,
commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the
forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless
applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social
applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS
wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies
utilize TCS' cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly
secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications.
Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales
offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless
technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.
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