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Software Gives Vertical Position within Buildings for Wireless, Emergency Services

A software development kit for vertical positioning within multistory buildings enhances first responder safety, makes decision-making more efficient, and improves situational awareness. NextNav’s Pinnacle product is available through the the FirstNet API Catalog, a curated catalog of public safety relevant Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and software developme nt kits (SDKs). The catalog offers a set of Web-based plugin APIs that developers of Computer Aided Dispatch, Dispatch Consoles and Recording applications may integrate FirstNet PTT calling services into their solutions.

Pinnacle provides applications with highly accurate altitude data for real-time 3D location in multistory buildings. In independent industry testing for E911 services, Pinnacle has consistently delivered performance of ±3m 94% of the time, exceeding the “floor level” metrics set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“NextNav’s Pinnacle service is a turning point for first responders,” said Scott Agnew, Assistant Vice President of Product Marketing, FirstNet Program at AT&T.  “Dependable vertical location has always been a major operational need for first responders.  This service will help save lives while greatly enhancing situational awareness.  By making this SDK available on the FirstNet API Catalog, we are giving the developer community a head-start to develop field-ready apps in parallel with the network build-out.”

Applications can now pair standard horizontal location data with NextNav’s Pinnacle vertical location service to produce the full 3D position for a variety of use cases.  The Pinnacle SDK can output altitude data according to the requirements of an application, as frequently as once per second.  The Pinnacle SDK developer package also comes with a fully functional test evaluation application.

NextNav Metropolitan Beacons System
NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacons System. All images courtesy NextNav

NextNav’s Pinnacle service will operate in 100+ major markets and works with most popular Android and iOS devices with barometric pressure sensors.  Backed by a managed terrestrial network of altitude stations, NextNav’s Pinnacle service is designed for a wide variety of location-based applications.

FirstNet, built with AT&T, features an App Catalog geared to first responders, with more than 150 apps relevant to public safety’s mission. This gives FirstNet subscribers a dedicated location to find meaningful new solutions that have been specifically reviewed to be highly secure and reliable.