The objective of the indoor E9-1-1 location test bed is to provide a platform to test the accuracy and dependability of location technologies in the indoor environment across as many building types and neighborhood descriptions (e.g. dense urban, suburban, etc.) as possible. While there are differing goals among the WG 3 members, a primary goal of this testing will be to provide the FCC with verified data for the capabilities of indoor location technologies on which to base their decisions as regards the strategic direction of public safety services in this environment. Another goal will be to establish a benchmark upon which emerging technologies can be compared to determine their relative promise in improving the capabilities (both in terms of accuracy and/or consistency) that are currently available.
It is anticipated that this report will provide a clearer picture of the indoor performance of location technologies available today or potentially in the near future. It is believed that the report will present the most current picture of the ability to present "actionable locations” to public safety responders. The various providers of public safety response, 9-1-1 Communications, Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS all have the same basic needs and desires concerning location of those in need of assistance. The results of the Test Bed will enable public safety associations to better educate Public Safety personnel on the current capabilities of location technology in the indoor environment, as well as provide some insights into the future.