Location and communication for emergency response - Here's what happened at the latest Location SIG event

Blog published by CW (Cambridge Wireless), under Location / Positioning

For out last Location SIG event of the year, we treated our attendees to an event with speakers hailing from Innovate UK, O2, What3Words and BT Wholesale and Ventures which was sponsored by the KTN and supported by the RIN.

Kicking off the event with a talk on the criticalness of satellite-derived location was Andy Proctor, Innovation Lead for Satellite Navigation and PNT, Innovate UK (pictured below).

Andy Proctor Location 12.12.17

Andy gave an overview of a recent study conducted by the UK government which investigated the value to the UK economy of the use of location derived by satellite navigation, which also investigated the impact of the loss of GNSS. 

You can view Andy's slides here.


Alastair McMahon, Analytics Director for O2, (pictured below), introduced the work of the O2 data unit and outlined the sources of data used to build location and demographic insights for clients in the second session of the day. Alastair concluded his session with case studies and current innovation activities involved with the O2 data unit.

You can view Alastair's slides here

Alastair McMahon O2 Location 12.12.17


Rounding up the first half of the event, was Will Johnston, Partnerships Manager at what3words, (pictured below), who spoke to us about the 101 for 911. Discussing what3words' global addressing system, which has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and given each square its own unique three-word address, Will discussed how the system works in terms of real-life emergencies.

Will Johnston What3Words Location 12.12.17

You can view Will's slides here.


After some refreshments and networking, the delegates were introduced to John Medland, 999/112 Policy Manager at BT Wholesale and Ventures, via Skype. John, (via a large TV set up in the auditorium), discussed how the UK's emergency service team are benefitting from automated location setting's on one's smartphone, with John describing practical results which backed the use of automated location services.

You can view John's slides here.

Rounding up the speakers of the day, SIG Champion Ben Tarlow (Qualcomm), led a panel session which involved some very interesting questions and observations from the audience. before the event ended.

Leaving with a well-earned mince pie, we left the event armed with new knowledge and contacts which is key to CW’s ethos.


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Written by Sophia Donovan-Spalding, Events & Marketing Assistant - CW


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