Dialing 9-1-1 is the most important call you make, and we all share the goal of enhancing the 9-1-1 system. Consumers, public safety officials, and policymakers expect 9-1-1 professionals to provide first responders with accurate location information of a wireless 9-1-1 caller. Wireless calls placed indoors can present additional challenges to public safety, especially where the street address and additional information like the floor, office suite, or apartment number may be needed to locate a wireless 9-1-1 caller.
That's why CTIA created the National Emergency Address Database, also known as the NEAD, in collaboration with public safety community representatives. By leveraging commercially-deployed Wi-Fi Access Points and Bluetooth Beacons—reference points mapped to street addresses and additional location information, the NEAD will help 9-1-1 professionals to locate wireless 9-1-1 callers more quickly and accurately.
To make this effort a success, the NEAD seeks partnerships with reference point owners—cable companies, enterprises, public institutions, and any entity that owns or manages many wireless access points—to contribute this data to the NEAD and enhance our country's 9-1-1 system. You provide your reference points, and the NEAD provides you with everything you'll need to participate —and most importantly, everyone gets an improved 9-1-1 experience.
For more information or to register, contact Matt Gerst at MGerst@911nead.org.