Intrado announced that it is offering carriers a hosted emergency location solution called Emergency Assist in the United States that would enable law enforcement to find mobile-phone subscribers who are in potentially life-threatening situations, even if the cell phone is not being used.
Leveraging the respective strengths of two traditional mobile location solutions could improve the accuracy of location information associated with emergency 911 calls from cellular phones, according to TruePosition, a provider of location technology.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently submitted recommendations to the National Fire Protection Association regarding radio-frequency interference to personal alert safety systems from external systems like radio-frequency identification communications, often used to automate warehouse operations.
Location technology that can let first responders know what floor a mobile wireless caller is on in a multistory building should be available within 18 months, according to Polaris Wireless CEO Manlio Allegra.
The battle over LightSquared’s proposed wholesale network offering is as critical as it is contentious. Increased competition in the commercial wireless sector and the ability of GPS devices to function properly hang in the balance — as do the billions of dollars that have been invested in LightSquared thus far. But it also could be the lynchpin that forces a thorough and long-overdue examination of the federal government’s approach to spectrum policy.
It would be one thing to wander aimlessly in search of a restaurant should the navigation application on my smartphone fail, and quite another if I were to develop Alzheimer’s and my alert/locator device fail because the GPS wasn’t working.