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The Implications of Z Axis for PSAPs and Emergency Response

Adam Eldert  (Director, Public Safety Division, Fairfax County Government)

Gillian Smith  (Chief Marketing Officer, NextNav LLC)

Steve McMurrer  (911 System Administrator, Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications)

Jeffrey Wobbleton  (System Administrator, Arlington 911)

Location: W230D

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Track: 911 & Alerts, In-Building Wireless

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, NextGen 911, Situational Awareness

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

The first z-axis enabled devices are now on the market, so what does this mean for PSAPs and first responders? Hear about the data on emergency calls coming from a floor above ground level – based on tens of thousands of 911 calls that are enabled with vertical location.

In densely populated areas, a substantial percentage of E911 calls come from multi-story buildings which present unique challenges for emergency responders. Specifically:
*Vertical Location: In multi-story buildings, it can be challenging to determine not only the address but also the specific floor or unit from which a call is made – which is needed for a timely response.
*Situational Awareness: Having accurate location information helps emergency personnel navigate the quickest and safest route for response as well as know where their colleagues are within a multi-story building.

Attendee takeaways from this session:
1. Why vertical location floor level accuracy is mission critical – including brand new data presented for E911 calls from multi-story buildings, and the latest information on FCC requirements for dispatchable location (including vertical)
2. E911 caller location implementation challenges for the PSAP and responders
3. Device vertical location accuracy and E911 ecosystem integration factors and best practices