Why Hybrid Location Technology is Critical to Success for New E911 Requirements
An FCC order released at the end of 2007 (FCC-07-166A1) stated that US Operators must be able to meet E911 requirements at the PSAP level by September 11, 2012. A PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) is a regional call center for handling 911 emergency calls. Although this order was later challenged by industry bodies, it appears that the issue remains a priority for the FCC. While industry negotiations may result in a relaxation of the requirement from PSAP level to the county level, this would still raise the bar significantly in counties with large urban areas. If and when the FCC does put a location accuracy order in place, wireless operators will need to ensure that E911 Phase II requirements can at least be met in every county in the United States.