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FCC Order Enables NextNav to Commence Commercial Operations
Jun 06, 2013 (02:06 PM EDT)
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the FCC, following a unanimous vote of the Commission, issued an Order enabling NextNav, LLC ("NextNav") to begin commercial operation of its advanced positioning network, which is designed to support 9-1-1 emergency first responders. NextNav is deploying its nationwide network using Part 90 Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service ("M-LMS") licenses that are held by its affiliate, Progeny LMS, LLC. NextNav has been operating a fully-deployed location network for trial, testing and other non-commercial purposes in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than three years.
"We are pleased that the Commission has unanimously approved our ability to enter into commercial service," said Gary Parsons, CEO of NextNav. "The Commission conducted an extremely thoughtful review of the technical characteristics of our innovative system, and this Order will allow us to offer location services that have the potential to significantly enhance 9-1-1 and public safety applications."
NextNav's high-performance terrestrial positioning network is designed to complement GPS in urban areas and inside structures, places where GPS is significantly degraded or denied due to blockage of the fainter, satellite-based GPS signal. The FCC-chartered Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council ("CSRIC") Working Group III found that NextNav's system delivered 90% smaller search rings then existing technologies in challenging indoor urban environments, and was the only technology tested capable of providing floor-level height accuracy.
The operation of this system is significantly enhanced by its use of Part 90 M-LMS spectrum licenses, which are designated for the location of mobile devices. The spectrum licenses used by NextNav cover nearly all major U.S. urban centers and over 93% of the U.S. population.
NextNav is deploying a revolutionary positioning technology to allow mobile phones and other devices to reliably determine their location in indoor and urban environments where GPS signals are difficult to receive. NextNav's technology combines accurate horizontal positioning with floor-level height precision. Delivered over a managed network with carrier-grade dependability and metropolitan-wide coverage, NextNav's positioning services are designed for E911, public safety and emergency response as well as the multitude of consumer and commercial applications that require precise indoor location accuracy. Based in Sunnyvale, CA and McLean, VA, NextNav is working with the Public Safety community and major technology partners to embed its capability into new GPS chipsets and mobile phones.
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