Improving Indoor Location Accuracy for Wireless 911

Federal Communications Commission
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Consumers are increasingly relying exclusively on mobile wireless communications, and many wireless calls are now made indoors. Nevertheless, during an emergency, wireless carriers are oftentimes unable to provide a 911 call center with precise location information when the 911 call is placed indoors.

Recognizing this critical public safety concern, the FCC tasked the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) with evaluating the performance and viability of location technologies in their ability to support indoor environments for E911 services. To meet this objective, various members of the CSRIC will conduct testing to evaluate location technologies for improving indoor E911 services.

The FCC’s Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau will host a workshop that will focus on the upcoming CSRIC test bed and issues related to improving indoor location accuracy.

9:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks, David Turetsky, Chief, PSHSB

9:15 a.m.: Panel 1 – How Improving Indoor Location Accuracy Will Assist Public Safety
Moderator: Patrick Donovan, Attorney Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, PSHSB

  • Roger Hixson, National Emergency Number Association
  • Kathy McMahon, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
  • Dorothy Spears-Dean, Virginia Information Technologies Agency
  • Steve Wisely, Co-Chair, CSRIC Working Group 3

10:15 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.: Panel 2 – Discussion with the Test Bed Participants
Moderator: Henning Schulzrinne, CTO, OSP

  • Khaled Dessouky, Ph.D., TechnoCom Corporation
  • Barry Martin, Boeing
  • Gary Parsons, NextNav
  • Norman Shaw, Polaris Wireless
  • Cormac Conroy, Qualcomm

Noon: Lunch

1:00 p.m.: Introductory Remarks for the Afternoon Session: Henning Schulzrinne, CTO, OSP

1:15 p.m.: Panel 3 – Network Infrastructure-Based Technologies and Standards for Location Delivery
Moderator: Henning Schulzrinne, CTO, OSP

  • Richard Barnes, Internet Engineering Task Force
  • Mark Fletcher, Avaya
  • Tim Kenyon, Conveyant Systems, Inc.
  • Marc Linsner, Cisco
  • Ted Morgan, Skyhook Wireless
  • Kelly Springer, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions

2:45 p.m.: Break

3:00 p.m.: Panel 4 – Wireless Carrier Perspectives on Improving Indoor Location Accuracy
Moderator: David Furth, Deputy Bureau Chief, PSHSB

  • Richard Craig, Verizon Wireless
  • Jeanna Green, Sprint
  • Ryan Jensen, T-Mobile
  • Kelly Springer, AT&T