The ability to summon emergency assistance by using a phone to call 9-1-1 has been ingrained in our society for more than 40 years. For a successful emergency response, it is critical that the responders receive accurate location information. Traditional wired-line telephony is able to use the location of the physical wires as a source of information for caller location, whereas wireless technologies require more exotic mechanisms to locate a 9-1-1 caller.
Current trends expose risks in the emergency response system as we know it:
More and more 9-1-1 calls being made with mobile devices that are not mapped to a physical phone tied to a physical location in a venue.
Limited GPS location capability indoors can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of a 9-1-1 caller in a multistory building.
Accurate caller location within a building is vital for a timely response to an emergency. With more people using cell phones while indoors, the delays that can occur when emergency responders must rely on outdoor location technologies used inside a building are becoming all too common. This challenge can be compounded in large buildings with many floors and many rooms on each floor.
TCS and Cisco meet this challenge by using the Wi-Fi network to make emergency response faster and more efficient with:
Seamlessly connection of the cellular and Wi-Fi location control planes, providing results within a few meters of accuracy
Visibility for accurate mobile 9-1-1 caller location with wireless location mapping specific to the venue
TeleCommunication Systems’ (TCS) OS-IRIS offering has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract program, allowing Department of Defense agencies and all other federal agencies to leverage the world’s only operating Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed satellite services.
“Now, via the addition to the FCSA contract program, TCS provides agencies in the federal government with easier access to the world’s most advanced routed COMSATCOM solution,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. “This contract also gives these agencies the ability to purchase TCS OS-IRIS services at a very competitive price.”
TCS OS-IRIS is the world’s first commercial service offering of Cisco enabled Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed network services. The combination of Cisco IRIS satellite architecture, in addition to TCS global network implementation and support capabilities, brings a new era of true IP end-to-end communications to the satellite industry.
Earlier this year, Frost & Sullivan presented Cisco’s Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) with its 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award for unrivaled accomplishments in the satellite industry.
Cisco IRIS allows space and satellite communications to take full advantage of the value and capability of networking. It extends the benefits of the Internet Protocol (IP) to satellite communications, which have traditionally used proprietary protocols that are difficult to operate within conventional IP-based wireline and wireless networks.
Watch below as Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group,Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.
After the jump, check out Tony Jeffs, Cisco director of marketing, accepting the award and discussing the program during the March 2012 Frost & Sullivan award ceremony in Coronado, California.
Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group, Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.
Frost & Sullivan presents Tony Jeffs, director of marketing, Cisco with the 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award.
Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS), the first solution to bring the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space, is continuing to transform the satellite communication industry.
The testing and deployment of IRIS has been full of industry firsts. In the most recent milestone, TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), Cisco’s partner in deploying IRIS services, this week announced that it has completed production integration testing and roll-out of a software upgrade to OS-IRIS, adding enhanced encryption and additional IPv6 support to the platform.
According to Michael Bristol, general manager and senior vice president of government solutions for TCS, “Cisco IRIS technology is transforming how government agencies and commercial organizations use IP-based network services to accomplish their objectives. This is another milestone in the long-term satellite industry collaboration between TCS and Cisco, and we look forward to increasing opportunities for both government and commercial markets to deploy more flexible and cost-efficient solutions.”
TCS OS-IRIS allows organizations to directly connect sites on multiple continents without the need for double satellite hops or the traditional connection to a commercial teleport. This converged solution enables voice, data and video traffic over a single IP network to increase efficiency and flexibility, compared with more fragmented, traditional satellite communication networks. Customers benefit from increased bandwidth availability, reduced latency, optimization tools and application flexibility delivered by TCS through an end-to-end Cisco secure IP network.
Over the last decade, commercial satellite technology has evolved to consistently provide communications for emergency response, disaster recovery, military and commercial applications.
Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) solution is revolutionizing the satellite communication industry by bringing the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space.
Based on growth, innovation and market leadership, Frost & Sullivan has presented the 2012 Global Technology Innovation Award in the Global Satellite Transponder Market to Cisco. The Technology Innovation Award is a prestigious recognition of Cisco’s accomplishments in the satellite industry.
According to Frost & Sullivan, “Cisco’s IRIS solution allows satellite operators to better compete in the greater communications industry landscape by offering standardized IP protocols to the satellite market.”
While Cisco offers Advanced Services to assist customers with network planning, optimization and operations, Cisco is not a service provider that provisions communication services for end users. Cisco has transitioned operations for production service of the IRIS capabilities on board the Intelsat IS-14 satellite to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. TCS provides OS-IRIS managed satellite services for government and commercial customer use, allowing organizations to reach multiple continents from a single connection to TCS’ network infrastructure.