Category: Safety Services


Category: Safety Services
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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West Corporation

Posted on October 19, 2017 by West Corporation 


6 Questions for VoWiFi 911 User Set-Up and Provisioning

By: Marcus Andronici, Principal Sales Engineer

If you’re a telecommunications service provider (TSP) planning to offer WiFi calling, it’s never too early to start thinking about your support for 911. I always encourage our customers to prepare well in advance to help mitigate delays and frustration down the road.

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West Corporation

Posted on October 9, 2017 by West Corporation 


4 Key Features of a VoWiFi 911 Solution

By: Marcus Andronici, Principal Sales Engineer

Handset technology has evolved to the point that WiFi calling can often be a seamless experience for your users (on WiFi-enabled devices). For competitive carriers, VoWiFi is a means to:

  • Move calls off your networks to alleviate data/network demands.
  • Deliver differentiated services to your subscribers and reduce subscriber churn.
  • Provide coverage when and where wireless calls aren’t possible i.e., indoor environments where coverage can be limited.
  • Expand your carrier footprint while reducing roaming costs, thus eliminating the need to put additional roaming agreements in place.

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West Corporation

Posted on August 17, 2017 by West Corporation 


The Evolution of 911 and PSAP Data

The information that Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) can receive today has come a long way since 911 service first debuted in 1968 (check out nena.org for more information on the origins of 911 service). Back then, the 911 caller was simply connected to the PSAP. This system worked if emergency callers could communicate their emergency and civic address on the phone. However, what happened if the caller in distress could not speak?

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West Corporation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by West Corporation 


Empower your Security Team When an Emergency Strikes

Your security team can play a vital role during an emergency situation; however, they need to be aware that there is an emergency in the enterprise, the nature of the situation, and its precise location. With West’s Desk Alert solution, you’ll empower your security team with tools that help them to be of assistance in ways that were previously impossible.

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West Corporation

Posted on July 6, 2017 by West Corporation 


Overcoming Common GIS Challenges in a Next Generation 9-1-1 System

By Dave Peck, GIS Director

Earlier this month I attended the NENA 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas. As always, it was a great event to see old friends in the industry and meet new people doing extraordinary work in public safety.

Throughout my many conversations, four challenges emerged as the most common areas where PSAPs seem to struggle with GIS and its role in Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) systems.

The common GIS challenges I heard at NENA 2017:

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West Corporation

Posted on June 15, 2017 by West Corporation 


Behind the Scenes at West’s Emergency Call Relay Center (ECRC)

By: Tricia McConnell, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager

On a Friday afternoon in the Emergency Call Relay Center (ECRC) at West, call volume is steady but manageable. A vehicle collides with a bus, which triggers a 9-1-1 call from the car’s telematics system. A registered nurse from a 24-hour hotline reports a caller complaining of chest pains and nausea. The ECRC call takers identify the location and nature of these emergencies then conduct warm transfers by contacting the appropriate public safety answering point (PSAP) and confirming that the dispatcher and caller can communicate before dropping off.

The mood in the room back in October 2012 was significantly more intense. Then, as Hurricane Sandy surged up the east coast, PSAPs in impacted areas struggled to manage the overwhelming 9-1-1 call volume. The ECRC staff and other West employees worked extended shifts and through scheduled days off to help PSAPs respond to incoming 9-1-1 calls.

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West Corporation

Posted on June 13, 2017 by West Corporation 


Using your IoT Investment to Improve Your Enterprise’s Emergency Responses

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is one of today’s hot topics in tech. IoT will change how enterprises are built and operate internally. While the concept of having different types of devices interconnect and communicate wirelessly seem futuristic, many enterprises are already incorporating IoT sensor devices into their buildings’ infrastructures. As enterprises deepen their investment in IoT, though, many aren’t aware that they can also leverage it for 9-1-1 to improve emergency situation outcomes.

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