AT&T today Launch announced A new location-based routing system for emergency calls in the United States, with a system designed to broadcast wireless 911 calls to appropriate 911 call centers based on the device’s GPS location.
According to AT&T, this is the first nationwide location-based routing initiative, being launched in partnership with Intrado. AT&T says the “Detect Before Root” feature will allow AT&T to identify where 911 calls are coming from within 50 meters of the device’s location.
GPS-based routing is an improvement over previous 911 call routing that relies on the location of cell towers, which can cover a radius of up to 10 miles, resulting in slower emergency response times. By calling the appropriate 911 call centers, first responders can get to the right location more quickly.
AT&T is leading the way in creating a secure community and is the only provider to provide the most accurate solutions for reducing wireless call forwarding to the 9-1-1 that the FCC currently requires providers to do. This is especially important in emergencies when lives are at stake.
AT&T has begun to implement GPS-based routing systems and is available in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Available in Dakota. South and Guam. It will be rolling out to additional regions over the next few weeks, with a nationwide rollout scheduled to be completed by the end of June.