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EFJohnson Radio Integrates Nextnav's MBS for Indoor & Vertical Location

Date: 2015-10-29
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EFJohnson Technologies, Inc., a leader in communications solutions for the public safety community, and NextNav LLC, a leading provider of location services for indoor and urban environments, announce the successful integration of EFJohnson's Viking P25 radio with the indoor location capabilities of NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System ("MBS"), providing the most advanced, public safety grade wide-area indoor and vertical location for the public safety communities. The integrated system is available for demonstration to police, fire, and other public safety professionals. 

MBS provides an innovative "terrestrial constellation," which brings GPS-like performance to indoor and urban environments where satellite-based positioning is either unavailable or significantly degraded. As proven in the FCC-charteredCommunications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council ("CSRIC") trials, NextNav LLC demonstrated the superior performance of its MBS technology in accurately locating users in challenging indoor environments in both the horizontal and the vertical dimensions.

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This demonstration proves Public Safety products can be developed to enable real-time location tracking and monitoring of First Responders over the bandwidth constrained public safety network. The provision of this capability across an entire metropolitan area- in buildings, on multiple floors, and in areas where GPS positioning is severely limited- significantly enhances the overall operational effectiveness of the First Responder community. Given the widespread use of the P25 radio standard in the United States by Public Safety personnel, and the proven reliability accuracy of EFJohnson's Viking LMR P25 radios and of MBS, NextNav and EFJohnson believe the integration to be a significant step in providing the most advanced communications technologies to the front lines of the public safety community.

"It is no secret that the public safety community has long been vocal about the need for technology that provides increased location accuracy, specifically the 'Z' coordinate in indoor, multistory environments," said Tom Wrappe, Vice-President of Ecosystem Development at NextNav. “By partnering with EFJohnson to integrate MBS into their Viking LMR P25 radios, we are able to demonstrate very high precision on the X/Y and demonstrate to the Public Safety Community that wide area 'Z' axis is also possible today for Public Safety applications.”

- Corporate News/ (via EF Johnson, 10/23/15)



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