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RedSky: Cloud-Based E9-1-1 Makes Compliance Easy

Author: via RedSky Technologies

Date: 2013-12-04
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Seventeen states currently have E911 legislation requiring enterprises over a certain size, occupying multiple floors of a building or those purchasing a new PBX to implement E911 to protect their employees and visitors. Several additional states are considering their own version of legislation. Military bases have an initiative to be compliant by end of 2014.

It’s great news when a multi-state enterprise implements E911 in a legislated state, but what about employees working for that same company in non-legislated states? They, too, deserve to be protected. OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) dictates that an employer has an absolute obligation to provide a safe workplace and creation of an emergency action plan is a statutory requirement. One might infer that providing E911 services to some employees and not others constitutes a discriminatory practice?

Penalties for non-compliance for either E911 legislation or non-compliance with OSHA rules and regulations can be extreme in some cases including daily fines of between $7,000 and $70,000 for non-compliance with OSHA rules and regulations. (Refer to http://www.redskye911.com/e911-resource-center/e911-legislation for more detailed information.)

Despite this knowledge and with the economic downturn, many organizations have put E911 and emergency response plans on the back burner due to the costs of implementation. But many E911 providers offer low cost, cloud based solutions to mitigate the costs of E911 implementation. RedSky’s solution, E911 Anywhere®, routes a 9-1-1 call, regardless of caller location, to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) anywhere in the USA and Canada. This solution is easy to install, requires no capital expenditure or yearly maintenance, and can be active in as little as 48 hours. With many low cost, cloud-based solutions to choose from, companies can no longer use cost as an excuse not to implement an E911 program.

State E911 legislation is an important component to consider when implementing an overall emergency response plan, but protecting employees and visitors should be the primary mission. If you (or your customer) have a distributed enterprise in a legislated state and are not in compliance, ask us about E911 Anywhere. If you are unsure whether your state requires E911, review the state legislation here.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Redsky E911 Watchblog, 11/19/13)

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