Verizon Wireless and Allen Telecom Successfully Conclude Exhaustive Wireless E911 Caller Location Field Trial
September 25, 2000
Dianne B. McCormick
September 25, 2000, 2000-BEACHWOOD, OHIO -
Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, and Allen Telecom Inc. (NYSE: ALN) announced today the successful completion of a large-scale CDMA field trial of Allen Telecom's Geometrix(TM) E911 Wireless Location Solution. Simultaneously, Allen announced high volume production of Geometrix systems beginning the fourth quarter of 2000 to meet anticipated carrier demand.
Verizon Wireless supervised and conducted the Geometrix trial, utilizing the standardized CDMA Development Group (CDG) wireless E911 verification test plan. Geometrix location system equipment was installed in Verizon Wireless base station cellular sites to cover a land area of over 1,000 square kilometers in and around Lexington, Kentucky. Verizon Wireless conducted more than 4,000 tests in 60 different calling scenarios covering virtually any conceivable emergency calling condition, including inside structures of various composition and moving and stationary vehicles. Trial tests and measurements included urban, suburban, and rural environments. All test calls were made from standard commercially available handsets. The trial area is representative of numerous wireless markets in the United States.
Allen Telecom officials said they were delighted that the positive results of the Verizon Wireless testing were consistent with other trials verifying that the Geometrix system meets FCC Phase II requirements for wireless E911 caller location accuracy.
The Phase II FCC requirements go into effect in 2001, and wireless carriers must inform the FCC as to their location technology choice by November 9 of this year.
Allen Telecom's Grayson Wireless division designs, builds, and markets the Geometrix system, a state-of-the-art, scalable, cost-effective, network overlay solution intended to allow carriers to meet the FCC's stringent requirements for wireless E911 caller location. Geometrix, which works with TDMA, AMPS, and iDEN wireless air interfaces as well as CDMA, supports the vast majority of wireless phones in use in the United States. Geometrix can also provide caller-locating support for a wide variety of location-based value-added services.
Allen Telecom's ( www.allentele.com ) eight divisions provide wireless equipment to the global telecommunications infrastructure market. Grayson Wireless supplies state-of-the-art measurement and signal processing systems for testing the overall performance of a wireless network and providing geolocation services. FOREM supplies sophisticated filters, duplexers, combiners, amplifiers and microwave radios to an array of OEM customers. MIKOM focuses on providing repeaters, in-building systems and other products that enhance both the coverage and the capacity of a wireless system. Tekmar Sistemi provides integrated low power fiber optic and cable distributed antenna systems for indoor coverage systems. Decibel Products and Antenna Specialists manufacture land-based and mobile antennas in frequency bands that cover all of the traditional wireless networks. Comsearch offers engineering and consulting services for wireless operators.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 3.4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp - now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) - and Vodafone (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter
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