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Thursday, 9 October, 2014 11:41 AM

Accurate Cell Phone Locations for 9-11 Calls in Michigan Could Save More Than 300 Lives Per Year

Personal Stories from Michigan 9-1-1 Operators Highlight Urgency of FCC’s Proposed Rule to Improve Indoor Location Accuracy

Photo credit: Find Me 911 Coalition

Find Me 911 is an effort supported by more than 200,000 individuals, as well as national and local organizations.

 

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WASHINGTON – October 8, 2014 –Based on information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a national public safety coalition estimates that more than 300 lives could be saved each year in Michigan if cell phone carriers had to quickly share accurate location data for 9-1-1 callers with emergency responders. The FCC is considering a rule that would close a loophole and require cell phone carriers to implement technology to help find most indoor callers within the next two years.

“Lost time searching for 9-1-1 callers means lost lives,” said Jamie Barnett, Director of the Find Me 911 Coalition and former Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. “Based upon FCC estimates, we calculate that emergency responders could save more than three hundred lives each year in Michigan. The FCC should move quickly to adopt the indoor location standards it proposed this spring and require cell phone carriers to recognize their responsibility to protect their customers and address this critical issue.”

Data released by the Michigan State 911 Committee shows that wireless calls made up more than sixty percent of total statewide calls to 911.

Based upon statements by the FCC, the Find Me 911 Coalition, a coalition supported by more than 200,000 emergency responders and other safety advocates, estimates that scores of lives in metropolitan areas across Michigan could be saved if 9-1-1 operators are given the timely and accurate location data needed to find callers in crisis.

Metropolitan Area
Lives Saved Per Year
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA
137
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA
33
Lansing-East Lansing MSA
15
Flint MSA
13
Ann Arbor MSA
11
Kalamazaoo-Portage MSA
11
South Bend-Mishawka MSA
10
Saginaw MSA
6
Muskegon MSA
5
Jackson MSA
5
Niles-Benton Harbor MSA
5
Monroe MSA
5
Battle Creek MSA
4
Bay City MSA
3
Midland MSA
3



In a survey released earlier this year, Michigan 9-1-1 managers and operators shared personal stories about the challenges they face in accurately locating 9-1-1 callers on cell phones. Among those stories:

Michigan 9-1-1 Operator A: “We had one this past weekend. Six year old boy - unable to read, father was in a diabetic emergency and the child was on a cell phone. We were unable to locate him quickly. It took the dispatcher 45 minutes to find them before first responders could be sent.”

"Carriers often cannot provide accurate location data with the 911 call because GPS takes upwards of 30 seconds to work," continued Barnett. "Worse, even after 30 seconds, the carriers' GPS-based technology cannot reliably locate callers who are indoors, as the satellite signals may be blocked by the structure. The technology exists to address both issues while providing fast and accurate locations and the FCC's proposed rule would make sure the carriers use it."

Methodology

The estimates contained in this press release are derived from information and statements provided by the FCC’s rulemaking on wireless indoor location accuracy (FCC Proceeding 07-114). Based on a study of mortality rates with improved 9-1-1 response times in Salt Lake City, the proposed rule stated, “If we assume that this outcome is reasonably reflective of the country as a whole, we estimate that the location accuracy improvements we propose could save approximately 10,120 lives annually, for an annual benefit of approximately $92 billion.” Using 2013 census estimates, the Find Me 911 Coalition extrapolated from those national estimates using state and metropolitan (MSA) population data to estimate the potential impact of the FCC’s proposed rule.

About the Find Me 911 Coalition

Find Me 911 is an effort supported by more than 200,000 individuals, as well as national and local organizations. The individuals and organizations represent a broad range of 911 operators and first responders – emergency medical services personnel, fire fighters and police. Find Me 911 seeks to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) move forward quickly to establish a reasonable, measurable level of location accuracy for emergency calls made indoors, enabling first responders to locate emergency calls from wireless phones from all locations rapidly and efficiently.

Source: Find Me 911 Coalition

 

 

Graphic credit: Michigan State 911 Committee

View the Michigan State 911 Committee report (PDF)

 

 

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