Heartless …oops Heartland Institute says e911 won’t work

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  1. There are a lot of reasons why VoIP clients can’t originate calls to E-911 centers and pinpoint the location of the caller.

    Intrado’s solution is a bit of a hat trick based on user registration information and a base assumption that the user is at a fixed, predetermined location. Neither of those are really legitimate assumptions in all cases.

    Intrado has call delivery accuracy issues for wireline, wireless and now for VoIP. Do a Google for Intrado and misrouted.

    There will be IP to IP and IP to TDM and IP to analog (CAMA) based e-911 solutions in the next 12 months, and some of them may even get the call on the dispatch lines, not the PSAP’s regular administrative lines.

    I can’t speak to the theory or base assumptions that make up the Heartland Institute’s position paper, but what I read in the closing paragraph is a lot closer to your well stated position regarding the aging TDM network infrastructure than your comments indicate.

  2. “Intrado’s solution is a bit of a hat trick based on user registration information and a base assumption that the user is at a fixed, predetermined location.”

    This is no different than Phase 1 (all you get in more than half the coutry) E-911 for Cellular — it just gives the address for the tower and which antenna face if it is sectored. Not much help if you are in a rural area where towers are 10+ miles apart. E911 for anything other than POTS is many years from living up to the public’s expectations. Sometimes I make the mistake of caring about what the FCC says and then I feel stupid . . .

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