ATLANTA, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LaaSer Critical Communications (http://laaser911.com/), has received notice that its proprietary caller location determination technology has earned a United States patent. The patent, number 9,402,159, will safeguard the intellectual property behind LaaSer's systems and methods.
The patent covers the systems and methods of LaaSer's location determination and emergency call routing technology which assists services providers in determining the location of an individual who is in need of help, including interfaces, data repositories, communication methods, and other components. It covers determination of a dispatchable location and that location being communicated to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
"We're pleased to be recognized as the creator of a useful and novel solution to a real-world problem," says LaaSer cofounder and Chief Architect Michael Self, who is listed as first inventor on the patent. "This is an important step forward in ensuring that anyone needing assistance from emergency services providers will have access to this solution. For all of us on the LaaSer team, this patent is a testament to the hard work and passion we've invested in this technology."
Self brings three decades of experience in telephony and telecom innovation to LaaSer. Together with CEO and cofounder Fred White, he realized that 911 technology was not keeping pace with the rapid advances in telecommunications – namely the proliferation of mobile devices and the capabilities of those devices. Today, three out of four 911 calls are placed using mobile phones, and that ratio will only increase. The problem is that the entire 911 system was designed for landlines, but the sun is rapidly setting on that era. Nearly half of American households no longer have a functional landline.
The consequence of not keeping pace with mobile technology is a system that's failing those it's designed to protect. Public safety experts conclude that thousands of lives are lost each year because 911 calls from mobile phones get routed to inappropriate jurisdictions and/or operators see inaccurate or missing location data. Minutes matter in an emergency. To illustrate this point, research commissioned by the FCC estimated that trimming response times by even one minute could save over 10,000 lives each year.
"LaaSer is quite literally a life-saving invention," adds White. "Our mission is to bridge the technology gap between mobile telecom and PSAPs, without adding any new layers of complexity. Emergencies can happen anywhere. If your phone can tell you exactly where you are with the push of a button, it stands to reason that 911 operators should be able to reap the benefits of those same capabilities. LaaSer makes that possible, right now."
Taking advantage of the best of existing hardware and services is what makes LaaSer so versatile and effortless to deploy. The system runs in the cloud and on any mobile device. Therefore, device manufacturers, wireless carriers and call centers don't have to make changes to their hardware or software systems. Nearly every mobile phone today has tools like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC/RFID and a compass, among others; LaaSer automatically pulls data from these tools to give operators instant and accurate location data, resulting in faster emergency response times, which the FCC has estimated could save over 10,000 lives each year.
Local news stations across the country have aired segments on how LaaSer has solved the problems facing 911 systems. Now, with a U.S. patent in hand, the company is now recognized as an innovative leader in 911 location technology.
About LaaSer Critical Communications, LLC
LaaSer Critical Communications is dedicated to solving the problems associated with calling 911 from mobile devices. LaaSer has created patented technology that pinpoints a 911 caller's location, using any mobile device, efficiently routes them to the appropriate 911 call center, and provides the 911 operator with precise location information. LaaSer's technology requires no upgrades on the part of 911 call centers or network operators.
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