Chairman Powell Visits Alexandria, Virginia 911 Call Center
to View Demonstration of Wireless Enhanced 911 Location Technology
As the FCC continues outreach efforts related to the Wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) Coordination Initiative, on June 20, 2003, FCC Chairman Michael Powell visited a public safety answering point (PSAP) in Alexandria, Virginia, to view first-hand wireless location technologies at work. While deployment is also progressing at other PSAPs, the Alexandria PSAP is one of the first to deploy Phase II wireless E911 technology and the only PSAP in the D.C. metro area to have Phase II technology that uses an automated mapping system.
Marietta Robinson, of the Alexandria Police Department demonstrates for Chairman Powell how the Alexandria PSAP tracks emergency 911 calls made from wireless phones using Phase II wireless E911 technology as David Baker, Alexandria Deputy Chief of Police looks on.
Chairman Powell, Deputy Chief Baker and Marietta Robinson, Day Shift Supervisor of the Emergency Communications Center, discuss the public safety benefits of wireless E911 technology.
Chairman Powell takes questions from the press following the demonstration of Phase II wireless E911 technology at the Alexandria PSAP.