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RapidSOS and GeoComm Partner to Provide Accurate Location and Enhanced Data to 9-1-1 Centers

Date: 2017-01-19
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GeoComm and RapidSOS announced a strategic partnership in August of 2016 to provide public safety agencies that use GeoComm 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) mapping systems with accurate location and additional data from the RapidSOS Clearinghouse. This has enabled GeoComm 9-1-1 PSAP mapping systems to display and utilize enhanced caller locations and other additional data from RapidSOS systems, even when a call is placed through a native 9-1-1 dial without using a smartphone app. This collaboration resulted in a successful pilot project deployment in North Central Texas that was completed with extensive testing in December 2016.

The comparative location testing conducted in Texas showed that device-based hybrid location transmitted through RapidSOS systems into the GeoComm mapping system was highly accurate - with an average distance to ground truth of 16 meters and a median distance to ground truth of only 10 meters. For calls placed outdoors, the location accuracy was comparable to Wireless Phase 2 using Assisted GPS (aGPS), but indoors the device-based hybrid was the clear winner in terms of timeliness, consistency and especially accuracy. The majority of test calls were placed from indoor environments and for more than 90% of indoor calls, a dispatchable location was correctly obtained through RapidSOS and displayed on GeoComm’s 9-1-1 PSAP mapping system.

“My first reaction when I saw the demonstration was ‘Wow,’” said Christy Williams, Director 9-1-1, North Central Texas Council of Governments. “To see a dot show up on the map with the exact location of the emergency, literally showing to the left or right of a staircase, was truly amazing. I’ve never seen anything like this before for mobile calls - this is huge for telecommunicators who are trying to save lives.”

For more information about GeoComm, please visit www.geo-comm.com

For more information about RapidSOS, please visit www.RapidSOS.com 

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via GeoComm, 1/17/17)

 

 

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