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For Immediate Release: January 9, 2015


: Marcella Wolfe
Manager, Public Relations &
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ATIS Launches Emergency Location Task Force
to Improve Wireless 9-1-1 Location Accuracy

ATIS announced today that it has established a new Emergency Location Task Force (ELOC) to provide the solutions needed to improve the location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 calls. The ELOC was formed to support standards development goals established in the roadmap contained in the voluntary agreement signed on November 14 by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

The ELOC will advance the improvement of North American emergency location capabilities and services, and will focus initially on the standards needed to support the commitments defined in the roadmap.  In addition, the ELOC will collaborate and liaise with other organizations to seek broader implementation and adoption of solutions, including with the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to progress global solutions.


Submitted in response to an FCC initiative, the roadmap addresses the public's growing use of mobile phones to make 9-1-1 calls. It is estimated that 70% of all 911 calls are placed from mobile phones, and 50% of those calls originate from indoor locations.  The roadmap focuses on using indoor technologies to deliver a more specific "dispatchable location," providing first responders with not only the calling party's civic address, but also critical information identifying a floor, suite or apartment.


"ATIS is proud to contribute the standards and solutions that will help emergency providers pinpoint the location of those in need of assistance," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. "As a leader in developing emergency communications standards, ATIS is well-positioned to deliver the consensus and fast-tracked action needed to improve wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy."


ATIS' previously completed work identifying six geographic test regions will be used as the basis for the collection and reporting of data for live wireless 9-1-1 calls.  In support of the ELOC, ATIS will continue to identify recommendations for establishing wide-scale indoor location performance, similar to work it had previously undertaken in support of the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).   

About ATIS
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry's most pressing business priorities.
ATIS' nearly 200 member companies are currently working to address the All-IP transition, network functions virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle - from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit