Category: Safety Services


Category: Safety Services
West Corporation

Posted on May 9, 2018 by West Corporation 


West’s 50 Influential People in 911

Mary Boyd, VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs

The first 911 call placed on February 16, 1968 marked a turning point for our country. More importantly, however, the 911 ecosystem that we take for granted would not be possible without the contributions of an extraordinary group of men and woman who have dedicated their careers to saving lives.

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West Corporation

Posted on April 26, 2018 by West Corporation 


Q&A: The Revolution of Wireless 911 Location Technologies

By John Snapp, VP of Technology

Earlier this month, I presented to carriers and PSAPs about new solutions that promise a better location earlier in the 9-1-1 call flow. I also spoke about the methodology and results from West’s location testing and trials with Google’s Android-based ELS (handset-initiated location).

The following addresses the questions I wasn’t able to respond to during the live event.

Q: We received many similar questions around the timing and availability of the wireless 9-1-1 location technologies discussed. Many asked, when will these solutions be made available? How soon will PSAPs start to benefit from the improved location? What are the potential implementation impacts to carriers and PSAPs?

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West Corporation

Posted on April 17, 2018 by West Corporation 


The Top Three E911 Obstacles Facing Enterprises

When we talk to enterprises about 911, we often hear about the E911 obstacles they face to making sure they can provide appropriate support to their users in a crisis. From roadblocks around awareness, to cost concerns, to management burden, the top three obstacles to enterprise 911 arise again and again in our conversations. Fortunately, enterprises can overcome these obstacles.

E911 Obstacle 1: Not Knowing that E911 is Broken

Perhaps the first obstacle enterprises face when it comes to 911, is knowing that they have a problem to begin with. When embarking on a transition to Unified Communications (UC), or implementing softphones, or adding another UC system to the mix, there are literally thousands of factors your IT team is considering. It’s easy to lose 911 in the shuffle.

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West Corporation

Posted on March 1, 2018 by West Corporation 


What is E911 and Why Should My Enterprise Care?

Enhanced 911, or E911, is a technology that allows for the automatic delivery of a 911 caller’s location in addition to their phone number with their 911 call. When a call taker at a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) receives a 911 call, they know where the caller is and where to send help because that caller’s location is displayed right on their screen. This is particularly critical in those emergencies where a caller can’t speak: medical emergencies, emergencies in progress, etc. The question is, do businesses need to pay special attention to how E911 functions in the enterprise?

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West Corporation

Posted on February 16, 2018 by West Corporation 


Kari’s Law now the Law of the Land

West commends Congress for the recent passage of H.R. 582, commonly known as “Kari’s Law Act of 2017.”  The new law, which amends the Communications Act of 1934, is named in honor of Kari Hunt Dunn whose tragic passing in 2013 alerted the nation to the dangers of requiring a dialing prefix to access 911. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of 911 champions like Hank Hunt, Kari’s father, Americans across the land will benefit from easier access to 911 when connecting to the service from certain private phone systems.

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West Corporation

Posted on February 12, 2018 by West Corporation 


The History of 911: A Timeline

Throughout 2018, West is celebrating 50 years of 911. This timeline provides a look back at the history of 911 and emergency communications. It tracks the key legislative events and technological advancements that have helped shape 911 into the system we know today.

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West Corporation

Posted on January 7, 2018 by West Corporation 


VoWiFi 911 and Application of Proximity Check

By: Marcus Andronici, Principal Sales Engineer

In recent blogs, we talked about the key components of a VoWiFi 911 solution, as well as VoWiFi user set-up and provisioning. Now I’m going to explore a specific VoWiFi 911 call feature: proximity check.

Wireless location has historically been derived from the cell tower and VoIP location from the subscriber’s pre-provisioned address. However, because of advancements in location-based technology with today’s mobile handsets, it’s now possible to acquire and utilize latitude/longitude (X/Y) directly from a 911 caller’s device.

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West Corporation

Posted on December 20, 2017 by West Corporation 


Enterprise E911 Regulations Explained

Mary Boyd
VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs

Emergency communications have improved exponentially since the first 911 call nearly 50 years ago. However, some features of our present day enterprise communications technology has placed users of this service at a disadvantage when it comes to 911. The flexible nature of multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) can cross many public safety jurisdictional boundaries. This creates problems during emergency situations calls when valuable accurate caller location information and call back capabilities are not made available to public safety entities.

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West Corporation

Posted on November 20, 2017 by West Corporation 


The Importance of Identifiable E911 Locations for First Responders

Someone in distress, unable to speak, dials 911 from their VoIP system at the office. The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) receives the call with the following E911 location information: 123 Main Street, Marketing department, port 16. The PSAP then transmits the location data to first responders. However, once on-site, the emergency team finds a campus that consists of numerous multi-story buildings. Where is the Marketing department, and where is the location of port 16? First responders spend seconds, if not minutes, trying to pinpoint the precise location of the caller.

PSAPs need to transmit location information in a format that first responders can easily identify and understand. When seconds count and emergency teams need to find a person requiring immediate assistance, they simply don’t have time to figure out the location of a port or department within an enterprise’s facility.
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