Public Safety

Altitude data takes first responder safety and
situational awareness to new heights

Track first
responders with floor-level

EMS responding to victims in a parking garage.
Law enforcement responding to an active shooter in a high rise.
Firefighters in a smoke-filled building.

When every second counts, precision matters. NextNav’s Pinnacle vertical positioning technology provides situational awareness, designed for first responder and blue force tracking. Pinnacle provides reliable, accurate floor-level location data that helps incident commanders keep first responders safe—and find victims faster.

Faster response
times save lives

  • 70%


    70% of first responders report that the maps and navigation databases they use have missing or inaccurate information

  • 80%


    More than 80% of 911 callers are on cell phones

Vertical position data delivers 3D situational awareness for incident commanders

First responders often work in indoor or multi-story locations where GPS location is unavailable or inaccurate. Incident commanders who rely on GPS tracking devices to monitor first responders can find themselves “going in blind” in dangerous, complex situations.

Voice communications and “man down” detection are insufficient solutions for real-time situational awareness which allows incident commanders to understand the physical context of the scene through visualizations.

NextNav’s Pinnacle gets geolocation data from a dedicated terrestrial network designed for reliable operation in urban environments. By adding altitude information to latitude and longitude coordinates, incident commanders can track first responders right down to the floor they are on, allowing more informed, real-time decisions that help keep first responders safe even in dangerous or hostile locations.

Orchestrate more effective response strategies

Orchestrate more effective response strategies

The ability to monitor first responders as they move across floors also helps you coordinate actions to:

  • Direct safest avenues of approach
  • Get to victims faster
  • Know where fire hydrants and exit doors are

Track on-scene responders
in three dimensions

Traditional geolocation services only show movement in two dimensions, making it difficult to understand if first responders are on the same floor or spread throughout the building.

Pinnacle adds z-axis data to your tracking capabilities so you can visualize the scene in three dimensions and track first responders with floor-level precision.

Pinnacle features

Z‑axis data with +/- 3 meter accuracy

Add altitude awareness to latitude and longitude data for more precise tracking of people and assets

Dedicated altitude network

Precisely surveyed, high density network that delivers “floor level”, real time altitude data nationwide

Network maintained by NextNav

Altitude data provided by a proprietary network built for public safety and operated and maintained by NextNav for high availability

Metro-wide coverage

Consistent z‑axis geolocation capabilities available throughout large urban markets; no need for building‑specific infrastructure

Works with most existing and new devices

Available through a simple software upgrade to devices with barometric pressure sensors

Simple SDK integration

Easy‑to‑use SDK makes it easy to integrate 3D geolocation technology into existing applications

Firefighter/field responder

If I get hurt or lost in a big building and say ‘Come help me,’ and they ask ‘Where are you?’ and I respond ‘I have no idea.’ They can’t find me with my current equipment.

Firefighter/field responder
NIST first responders survey

Get started
with Pinnacle

Learn more about NextNav’s Pinnacle and how we’re delivering this life-saving technology.

NextNav Pinnacle service for vertical location now available in sixteen major US markets

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