Motorola Mobility licenses NextNav’s innovative vertical location capabilities to support E911

Sunnyvale, CA – April 1, 2021 – NextNav, the leader in 3D geolocation, today announced that its groundbreaking vertical location technology will be available for 911 emergency services through a new partnership with Motorola Mobility, a leading provider of smartphone solutions.

Drawing on NextNav’s carrier-grade network and innovative software, Motorola Mobility will offer devices capable of delivering vertical location (z-axis) measurements for 911 emergency services.  Using NextNav’s software, first responder applications on Motorola devices will provide precise altitude data with the floor level (± 3m) accuracy mandated by the FCC, precisely locating 911 callers and minimizing response times.  

“We’re proud to offer NextNav’s vertical location solution for E911 through Motorola smartphones,” said Rudi Kalil, VP and general manager, North America at Motorola Mobility. “The implementation of this critical capability in our devices will improve emergency response outcomes and provide our users with a truly invaluable experience.”

NextNav’s Pinnacle solution for vertical location is delivered through a software update to devices in the field and will be incorporated natively in new Motorola devices.  NextNav’s vertical location service requires no alterations to device hardware.  

“Vertical location is a game changer for emergency response,” said Ganesh Pattabiraman, CEO of NextNav.  “Studies show that 3D geolocation reduces search times by over 85%.  Our partnership with Motorola Mobility means faster response times and increased situational awareness that will save lives.  This is the first step toward an ecosystem of 3D geolocation that is long overdue.”

Browse NextNav’s website for more information on the value of vertical location for E911 and public safety applications, as well as details on NextNav Certified program for barometer components.