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Mapping and Public Safety: Multi-Dimensional Building Maps and Z-Axis

Rob Clark  (Senior Director, Public Safety, NextNav, LLC)

Pass Type: All Access

Track: In-building Wireless, 911 and Dispatch

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

This panel will discuss how vertical location technology works and how PSAPs can leverage the mapping/positioning tools. More than 80% of 911 calls are made on mobile phones and the average citizen spends 80% of their life indoors. GPS has been key in delivering the latitude and longitude (x/y) location information for 911 callers, but with more of the population living in urban areas and multistory buildings, x/y is not enough – and floor-level is needed to find someone quickly especially for locating E911 callers and first responders indoors. With the FCC requirement for carriers to provide vertical z-axis location, what's next? How will this new information be made actionable by PSAPs to help find emergency callers faster and save more lives?

Indoor mapping and visualization of building data is the next challenge to be solved to support our nation's E911 dispatchers and emergency responders. Mapping partners have begun to meet this challenge with tactical caller and/or first responder visualization tools with 3D building data and utilizing the vertical location data from NextNav with precise floor level vertical accuracy (altitude +/- 3m). NextNav's precise floor level vertical accuracy is utilized for surveying and mapping buildings in the 3rd dimension.

Mapping solutions implemented at PSAPs with vertical location data for first responders and E911 callers will lead to faster response times and lives saved. 3 take aways attendees will learn:
1. Why vertical location floor level accuracy is mission critical
2. What is next in mapping including 3D building visualization
3. How map visualization and 3D positioning technologies can be leveraged by PSAPs