TeleCommunication Systems has announced the deployment of an enhanced emergency 911 Voice-over-Internet Protocol service acoss three US states.
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) hopes that the initiative being undertaken by Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia; and Chester County, Pennsylvania will accelerate the deployment to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) of location-enabled VoIP E911 services in these three states.
TCS said that it will partner with infrastructure operators that can deliver VoIP E911 calls to Public Safety Answering Points serving approximately 190 million people in the US.
Its service is designed for mobility and enables the routing and delivery of the E911 VoIP caller’s registered location information to the PSAP nearest to the emergency caller’s current location.
John Crabill, 911 coordinator for Montgomery county, stated, Having a full-scale solution in place for the routing and delivery of the caller’s current registered location in the event they place an E911 VoIP call provides our citizens with the added security in knowing that we can find them in the event of an emergency.
In June 2005, the FCC published its E911 Order requiring all interconnected VoIP service providers to automatically provide E911 services to all customers as a standard, mandatory feature without customers having to specifically request this service, and without the ability to opt out.