Nearly 60% of all wireless calls originate or terminate from indoor locations such as office buildings, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, and sports arenas. For wireless operators and facility owners who want to improve E9-1-1 caller location or implement new location-based services, thats an opportunity and a challenge. Now CommScope provides the solution: GeoLENs Indoor.
In-Building Used to Mean Out of Luck...
It used to be that if you wanted an indoor location solution that was high-yield and fast, you were pretty much out of luck.
Satellite signals do not consistently penetrate the buildings physical structure, so GPS and A-GPS solutions arent reliable, if they work at all.
DAS systems cause mobile power down, which can limit the reliability and accuracy of network-based location solutions.
DAS systems also add signal delay, rendering timing-based location solutions less accurate and reliable.
GeoLENs Indoor solves the problem by taking a new and innovative approach to indoor location.
GeoLENs Indoor is the newest addition to the Andrew Solutions portfolio of GeoLENs location-based products.
As an overlay location solution, GeoLENs Indoor integrates with Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) or wireless repeater systems, or it can use its own dedicated antennas. It provides high-yield, accurate mobile positions and does not require handset modifications. For wireless operators and facility owners, GeoLENs Indoor means better support for public safety (9-1-1) and innovative commercial location-based services.
In short, GeoLENs Indoor improves caller location, provides accurate location in places where it is otherwise lacking, and opens the door to exciting new service possibilities.
Works with In-Place Communications Systems
GeoLENs Indoor integrates with in-building coverage systems that use repeaters or DAS hubs. Alternatively, it can use its own small passive independent antennas that create zones used to provide location determination. GeoLENs Indoor Proximity Detection Units (PDUs) are deployed for each cluster of zones where caller location determination is desired. Each PDU can serve multiple independent zones, frequencies, and air interfaces, so multiple networks can be covered by a single PDU.
GeoLENs Indoor PDUs connect to DAS on-site master units and are controlled by a central GeoLENs Indoor Location Server (ILS). A single ILS can manage up to 3,000 PDUs.
Add More Services and Revenue While Creating a Better User Experience
GeoLENs Indoor opens a new world of potential services and revenues for carriers, facility owners, first responders, and subscribers.
Gives subscribers seamless outdoor to indoor access to their favorite location-based applications or services
Provides enhanced support for the location of emergency calls placed indoors (such as E9-1-1 or 112) and enables operators to improve overall caller location performance.
Enables innovative and previously impossible mobile location services.
How it Works
Location activity is initiated when a wireless network triggers the ILS which, in turn, alerts the appropriate PDUs to notify the ILS if they detect a target mobile. Any PDU that detects a target mobile’s signal, measures the signal, and reports it to the ILS. The ILS then provides the location information for the zone of detection back through the appropriate network connections for delivery to the PSAP or to an application server for commercial LBS applications. The location provided is a set of pre-provisioned location information for the zone determined in the mobile location process.
Fast, High-Yield Results
GeoLENs Indoor does not rely on traditional location methods such as A-GPS or U-TDOA to determine caller locations, so it is immune to the problems that can deteriorate the performance of those methods. Instead, it returns a location based on proximity to DAS antennas, so reliability and accuracy are maintained when other methods fail. In addition to its ability to greatly enhance caller location for E9-1-1, GeoLENs Indoor is ideal for carriers or facility owners wishing to capitalize on the growing variety of commercial services that require high-performance indoor mobile location.
Proximity Location Including Elevation
Locations are defined based on proximity, enabling GeoLENs Indoor to pinpoint a caller’s locations to within a few meters and to a specific floor within a multi-story facility, a capability not possible with traditional location solutions. For public safety personnel and other emergency first responders, this is a critical benefit.
Location accuracy, including floor information, is determined solely by distribution of the (DAS) antennas throughout a facility and the size of the zones covered by those antennas. Additional antennas can also be deployed to supplement the DAS antennas to decrease zone size for even greater accuracy.
We Know Location Inside and Out
There has never been a better time to location-enable your in-building network. With GeoLENs Indoor, there is no reason not to do so now. GeoLENs Indoor gives you all the location accuracy and reliability you rely on to increase the reach of the services offered to your customers. And with CommScope by your side, you know it will be done right. Since 2001, we have been consistently redefining the location-enabled network inside and out. Let us put our location experience, solutions, and resources to work for you.