WCA Events

WCA LBS SIG presents: Next-Gen E911 : Challenges and Opportunities in the FCC’s New Rules

March 25th 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Panel from 6:30pm to 7:30pm)
Venue: Detati Digital Marketing, 265 Caspian Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (Directions/Map)
Cost: $20 through March 15th, $30 afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.

On January 29th, 2015 the FCC voted to implement new rules for Wireless E911 which mandate that mobile operators must provide increased location accuracy for the location of wireless emergency calls. These strict new requirements will be phased-in starting as soon as two years. Also for the first time since the inception of E911; new mandates have been created which require that information on the caller’s height above ground must also be provided. These new rules are in response to numerous requests from public safety and first responders to make Wireless E911 information available to them more useful, accurate and timely.

When the first E911 rules were enacted 19 years ago, the majority of emergency calls came from landline phones. Today, more calls for emergency services come from mobile phones than landlines. Public safety and first responder leaders have pointed out that improving the location data from Wireless E911 calls can save lives, and asked the FCC to act in order to ensure the public good.

The FCC’s next-generation E911 mandates create challenges for mobile operators, network equipment vendors, and handset manufacturers. It also creates opportunities for Silicon Valley companies to provide innovative technologies which can meet the FCC’s performance metrics. Join us on March 25th when we'll review the FCC ruling and bring you a panel of experts that will outline the challenges - and opportunities - in the next-generation E911 rules.

Register now at e911ruling.eventbrite.com - Discount registration will end on March 15th - Act now! We look forward to seeing you.

E911 Ruling Overview:
-- Richard Fuller, Head of R&D, OmniTrail Technologies

-- Hugh Fletcher, Principal, Fletcher Group Consulting

-- Shah Ullah, CEO, OmniTrail Technologies
-- Bhavin Shah, VP Marketing and Business Development, Polaris Wireless
-- Christian Gates, VP of Strategy & Development, NextNav
-- Tristian Lacroix, Managing Director, IndoorLBS
-- Qualcomm (invited)
-- Samsung (invited)

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Industry Partner Events

March 31st 2015, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
JVSV: 4th Annual Wireless & Broadband Symposium
Wireless Infrastructure Aesthetics and Legal Update Roundtable
Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino CA

Joint Venture Silicon Valley will be presenting representatives from local governments and equipment manufacturers to show examples of how wireless infrastructure in the public rights-of-way may be better concealed with reduced visual impact. We will also have an update on the new Federal Communications Commission Report & Order 14-153 regarding collocation (Section 6409), which goes into effect April 8, 2015.

Register now for JVSV's 4th Annual Wireless & Broadband Symposium.

March 31st 2015, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
JVSV/CalWA: Silicon Valley Cities Social
J. Lohr Winery, 1000 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose CA

Joint Venture Silicon Valley and CalWA invite everyone to a social and short discussion of the new federal laws.

Register now for the JVSV/CalWA Silicon Valley Cities Social.


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Founded in 1993, the Wireless Communications Alliance (aka "WCA") is a Silicon Valley-based, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for education, connection, and community in the wireless industry. The WCA accomplishes these goals by hosting seminars/panels; providing networking opportunities; encouraging and supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs; and helping to build and maintain bridges between business and academia. Supporting academia and technical education is a primary goal of the WCA. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the WCA is near several world-class universities, colleges, and think tanks. Despite the meteoric rise in mobile technology, research has shown that only 5% of incoming college freshmen identify wireless as a career goal. To help ensure a strong talent pool in the coming decade the WCA invites college students to attend our events at no charge in the hopes that exposure to the wireless industry will encourage the them to shift their major and course focus towards wireless.