WIND Mobile announced today it has selected Andrew Solutions, the
CommScope division that is a global leader in wireless communications
systems and products, to provide its advanced network with enhanced
wireless E911 services that will allow Canadian emergency services to
more accurately locate a caller’s position.
“We are committed to creating the best wireless experience for Canadians
which also includes ensuring their safety in times of emergency,” said
Ken Campbell, CEO of WIND. “Enhanced 911 technology helps ensure that
emergency responders are better able to locate the position of a caller.
That way, even if the caller is unable to speak or unsure of where they
are, they can rest assured that help will be on its way.”
There are many ways for wireless operators to locate callers during
times of emergency. One leading location technology, GPS, relies on an
embedded GPS chipset installed in the mobile phone, which delivers a
location thanks to GPS satellites. The Andrew solution includes a
combination of Assisted-GPS, or A-GPS, and hybrid technology that adds
wireless network measurement information to the GPS location, thereby
increasing the accuracy of determination of the caller’s location. Such
network measurement information includes the time the call started, the
power level of the mobile phone, and other routine information conveyed
between the network base station and the phone. The result is an
enhanced, more accurate caller location delivered to emergency personnel
in times of crisis.
“The most rewarding part of Andrew’s GeoLENs™ location-enabling solution
is knowing that we are helping people when they most need it,” said
Andrew’s John Baker, general manager and vice president, Network
Solutions. “Thanks to this deployment, WIND Mobile will be able to meet
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC)
Andrew’s recently launched GeoLENs, its next generation of solutions for
enabling location-capable networks, includes new technologies and
options that help communications carriers stay ahead of customer demand
for location applications. This new generation of Andrew’s geolocation
enabled solutions offers cost efficiencies, capacity and algorithm
enhancements, and greater technology integration in helping carriers
address commercial and regulatory applications (such as information,
security and emergency 911 and 112) in an era of rapidly evolving
networks, devices and customer usage requirements.
WIND Mobile will be one of the first carriers in Canada to rely on E911
technology. All carriers, in order to comply with CRTC regulations, will
be required to offer enhanced E911 technology by February 2010.
About Globalive Wireless Management Corp. and WIND Mobile
Globalive Wireless Management Corp. will provide voice, text and data
services to Canadians under the brand name WIND on a next-generation
wireless network and is committed to offering a level of wireless
service presently not available in Canada. WIND is built on actual
conversations that are happening with Canadians who are passionate about
wireless and creating a better mobile offering nationally. For more
information about WIND Mobile, please visit www.windmobile.ca.
Inc. (NYSE: CTV – www.commscope.com)
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew
Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem
solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is
the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband
cable television networks and one of the leading North
American providers of environmentally secure cabinets
for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and
development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary
technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers
with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications
networks in more than 130 countries around the world.
GeoLENs is a trademark of CommScope, Inc.