October 30, 2015
9-1-1 National Emergency Address Database Announces Request for Proposal for National Platform .
ATIS selected as NEAD project manager.
WASHINGTON – Today, the 9-1-1 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) LLC, an independent entity established by CTIA-The Wireless Association®, announced a request for proposal (RFP) to select a vendor for the NEAD Platform — an important step forward to improve indoor wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy. Separately, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) was chosen as the project manager for the RFP process.
The FCC adopted new rules [PDF] in February requiring wireless service providers to improve indoor 9?1?1 location accuracy when using mobile devices by delivering a dispatchable location that includes street address plus floor, suite, apartment or other location information. The FCC’s rules were based on the Roadmap to Improve 911 Location Accuracy [PDF] adopted last year by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless as well as the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
CTIA established the NEAD LLC to implement a national database of access point (e.g., Wi-Fi hotspots) and beacon (e.g. Bluetooth Low Energy) location information that will enable wireless service providers to deliver a dispatchable location that will help 9-1-1 call centers respond to emergencies.
ATIS will oversee platform implementation to ensure the selected platform vendor produces a platform in accordance with the FCC’s rules, including privacy and security requirements.
“The wireless industry is hard at work to help ensure the country’s emergency 9-1-1 capabilities reflect Americans’ preference for wireless. Through the NEAD platform and by using technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, first responders will see improved indoor location to help save lives. Our partnerships with ATIS and platform providers, along with member companies and public safety stakeholders, will enable dispatchable location in accordance with the FCC’s aggressive timelines,” said NEAD LLC Vice President Thomas Sawanobori.
“Continuing to innovate and advance public safety is in everyone’s best interest and ATIS is excited to play such a critical role in the development of NEAD,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “In collaboration with CTIA, ATIS will leverage its ongoing location technology standards achievements to ensure NEAD’s efficient, accurate, and timely launch.”
The RFP is available at: http://www.911NEAD.org/
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. With members from wireless carriers and their suppliers to providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products, the association brings together a dynamic group of companies that enable consumers to lead a 21st century connected life. CTIA members benefit from its vigorous advocacy at all levels of government for policies that foster the continued innovation, investment and economic impact of America’s competitive and world-leading mobile ecosystem. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives and convenes the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.