EENA releases the 'Handset Derived Location for Emergency Calls' NG112 document

Emergency caller location is vital to  Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and first responders. In recent years, emergency caller location information in Europe for mobile phones has been typically cell-id. Often, cell-id is inadequate because the cell radius is too large.

Developments in location technologies and the proliferation of smartphones are leading to improved location information being available in the handset. Making such handset derived location information available to PSAPs during emergency communications in a secure and reliable manner is highly desirable.

This document has a three-fold scope, namely:

  1. The evaluation of the capability of GNSS, WiFi and other handset location technologies for emergency communications. Short term and long term solutions are evaluated and recommended (Refer to EENA Case Study on AML).
  2. To specify if new legislation is needed. Considers Privacy / Data protection and security issues.
  3. To recommend architecture (short/long term) for transporting the handset derived location to the PSAP.

We would like to thank Mr. David Williams and Mr. Andrew Hutton, EENA NG112 Committee Vice-Chairs, for their valuable contributions to this document.

To read the "Handset Derived Location for Emergency Calls " document, please click here.

EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.

The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.