July 11, 2014

Washington Post quotes Jamie Barnett on wireless 911 tracking in DC

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Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett was quoted in a July 10, 2014 Washington Post article on wireless 911 tracking in Washington, DC. Over a six month period in 2013, data on wireless 911 calls in Washington, DC shows they were easily narrowed down to a general are covered by a cell tower, but nearly 90% lacked the latitude-longitude data required by federal regulations to pinpoint an exact location.

While waiting for a better signal can provide a more accurate location, Admiral Barnett said the time it takes is a luxury first responders do not have. “When you talk to those folks, you can really tell that they are upset about this,” he added. “They are having people die on the phone because they can't find them.”