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Stage 2a: Wide-area deployment emerging indoor location technologies

The 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed LLC (“Test Bed LLC”) invites vendors of new or emerging location technologies to participate in the 9-1-1 Location Technologies indoor Test Bed Stage 2a testing. Vendors are invited to test new or emerging location technologies that can enable wireless providers to meet the FCC’s indoor 9-1-1 location accuracy requirements through horizontal and vertical location technologies.

Stage 2a testing is specifically intended for emerging wide-area deployment indoor wireless location technologies. These are new technologies that are not currently deployed by the nationwide wireless carriers and are not limited in coverage to a specific, limited set of buildings.


It is estimated that Stage 2a testing may commence by early September 2017, once all applications have been reviewed by the Test Bed LLC’s Program Manager and Technical Advisory Committee. This timing is tentative and dependent on the number of vendors and complexity of technologies to be tested.

Schedule Planned Date
Application instructions made available June 23rd 2017
Application questions due July 7th 2017
Response to application questions July 14th 2017
Application due date (Extended) July 28th 2017
Estimated field test start date September 6th, 2017

Application instructions and questions

If you are interested in the Stage 2a testing application instructions, please send an email to the contact person listed below from your company's email account.

All questions regarding the application instructions, the application or the Stage 2a program should be sent by email to the contact person before July 7, 2017. Please note that all questions and answers will be posted on this site by July 14, 2017.


The scope and nature of testing to be performed will closely follow the assumptions listed below:


All inquiries should be directed to the contact person listed below:

Mr. Oskar S. Magnusson
Email: omagnusson@911locationtestbed.org
Telephone: 202.736.2987
9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed, LLC
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20036

Test Bed LLC – background:

In 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that require the nationwide wireless providers to establish an independently administered and transparent indoor test bed to test and verify that location technologies are capable of meeting the Commission’s new location accuracy requirements for wireless calls to 9-1-1 emergency services. (See paragraphs 121 to 132 of the FCC’s Order). In accordance with the FCC’s Order, the test bed must also be available to vendors of new or emerging location technologies that can demonstrate how those technologies might enable wireless providers to meet the new enhanced location accuracy requirements through improved horizontal location technologies or providing accurate vertical information (e.g., z axis).

At the direction of its member companies, CTIA® established the 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed, LLC (“Test Bed LLC”) as an independent company to administer and operate the indoor Test Bed consistent with the FCC’s rules. The Test Bed LLC selected the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (“ATIS”) as the Test Bed program manager. The Test Bed LLC selected a vendor to administer and execute the Test Bed. The Test Bed LLC and Test Bed are modeled on the FCC’s CSRIC III and IV methodologies and recommendations and is established consistent with the Commission’s Order.

Test Bed LLC has also directed the Program Manager and Administrator/Executor to implement the Test Bed consistent with the recommendations of ATIS’ Emergency Services Interconnection Forum (“ESIF”) Emergency Services & Methodologies (“ESM”) Subcommittee which has and continues to develop requisite test plans through a collaborative multi-stakeholder process.

Wireless providers and vendors of indoor location technologies are encouraged to participate in the Test Bed by periodically visiting this website for important announcements, or by contacting the contact person below to obtain information regarding upcoming events.