SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NextNav, a leader in next-generation GPS, today announced it is partnering with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, to Pinnacle 911 from NextNav enable z-axis software and network-based services for use with the Qualcomm Location Suite. This effort makes it easy for device suppliers and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manufacturers to integrate z-axis capabilities into existing carrier infrastructure for 911 purposes.
“Qualcomm Technologies is a global leader in location technology with more than 10 billion devices shipped to date using our positioning solutions. Our partnership with NextNav is an important step in helping first responders determine the vertical location of an emergency caller indoors and in multi-storey environments,” said Francesco Grilli, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. work with innovative technology providers, vendors, manufacturers and telecommunications companies to make these solutions available to consumers everywhere.”
The agreement covers multiple mobile platforms not served by iOS and Android operating systems, including feature phones based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), KaiOS and other Linux-based devices such as wearables or 5G Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)- hotspots requiring voice capability – all of which must meet the FCC’s z-axis requirements for E911. As part of the partnership, NextNav Pinnacle 911, a proven solution capable of meeting the Federal Communication Commission’s z-axis requirements for E911, is expected to be available on commercial devices by 2022.
“We are excited to partner with Qualcomm Technologies to bring z-axis capabilities to mass-market feature phones, wearables and other commercial devices,” said Ganesh Pattabiraman, founder and CEO of NextNav. “Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in the cell phone industry, combined with our nationwide z-axis capabilities, is poised to help carriers and device manufacturers provide a seamless way to save lives and protect communities across the United States.”
NextNav Pinnacle 911 provides floor-level height measurements that enable public safety response points (PSAPs) to more accurately locate E911 callers in multi-storey indoor environments. In an independent assessment by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) commissioned by the FCC, Pinnacle 911 was able to deliver ±3 million 94% of the time, consistently exceeding the FCC’s 80% benchmark. NextNav’s Pinnacle service covers more than 4,400 cities and towns, as well as 90% of buildings over three stories in the United States, exceeding the FCC requirement for carriers to offer z-axis at the top 25 of US markets by April 2022.
The partnership builds on NextNav’s extensive partnerships in public safety. FirstNet, built with AT&T, recently selected NextNav Pinnacle to provide first responders with highly accurate elevation capabilities. Others, including Intrepid Networks, 3AM Innovations and TRX Systems, have also integrated the solution into their applications and platforms to deliver high-precision vertical location capabilities to improve situational awareness for first responders across the country.
In June 2021, NextNav entered into a definitive merger agreement with Spartacus Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTS, TMTSW and TMTSU) (“Spartacus”) in a transaction that would result in NextNav’s listing on the Nasdaq. The transaction is expected to close late in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
NextNav offers next-generation GPS. NextNav Pinnacle uses highly accurate vertical positioning to transform location services so that they reflect the 3D world around us. Our revolutionary TerraPoiNT system keeps critical infrastructure resilient with reliable position, navigation and timing services in the absence of GPS. With carrier-grade reliability and a rapidly growing service footprint nationwide, NextNav is driving an entirely new ecosystem for geolocation applications and services.
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