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CentralSquare Partners with NextNav to Provide Vertical Location Data to Public Safety Agencies

CentralSquare has partnered with NextNav, integrating the company’s z-axis vertical location capabilities into its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) products and mobile suite of Public Safety software solutions, with the goal of reducing emergency response times and increasing dispatcher safety.

Through this integration, CentralSquare will be able to tap into NextNav’s Pinnacle network to provide public safety agencies with the vertical location data needed to pinpoint the location of civilians when they call for help, according to a news release. The real-time data and situational awareness provided enables responders to find the most efficient route within multi-story building to get to victims faster.

CentralSquare works with more than 75% of public safety agencies nationwide, including first responders, law enforcement, fire departments and EMS, and local governments.

“Together with NextNav, we’re helping public safety agencies meet the needs of today’s dynamic world, particularly in densely populated urban cities,” CentralSquare CEO David Zolet said, according to the release. “Adding z-axis enables our systems to not only derive location (x-axis and y-axis) but height (z-axis). This capability is the next logical step, decreasing emergency response times and ultimately helping to protect our communities and those that serve them.”

CentralSquare will provide z-axis visualization in a 3-dimensional view. Field trials of the technology will begin toward the end of summer with an initial rollout planned for the fall.

NextNav’s Pinnacle network delivers precise vertical location in 4,400 cities and towns, covering more than 90% of buildings greater than three stories in the United States. It powers applications across the public safety community to support stronger situational awareness for first responders.

“Expanding access to the life-saving z-axis capabilities our Pinnacle network provides is a top priority for us. Partnering with CentralSquare allows us to use this technology to positively impact the lives of the majority of public safety workers in the United States,” said Ganesh Pattabiraman, CEO and co-founder of NextNav, according to the release. “CentralSquare is the largest provider for dispatch solutions signed to our ecosystem to date, bringing actionable floor-level insights to a vast number of individuals and scenarios. We’re growing our user base significantly, and along with it bolstering public safety and saving lives.”