What Is RAY BAUM'S Act?

In part two of our Understanding Enterprise E911 series, Josh Burch explains section 506 of RAY BAUM'S Act and how that impacts E911.  


Section 506 of RAY BAUM’S Act states that a dispatchable location must be included when a 911 call is sent to a public safety answering point (PSAP). A dispatchable location means a combination of a valid civic address (i.e., street, city, state, ZIP) in conjunction with additional location information that describes in more detail where that caller is located. Those additional details might include a suite, apartment, or office number.  

A large office building or campus might have a civic address that only gets first responders to the front door or main building. However, with RAY BAUM’S Act, a much more granular location within the building or campus is required. That could be a desk, office, or conference room location. This granularity allows first responders to pinpoint where exactly a call is coming from so that they can respond to an incident quickly and efficiently. And it applies to employees who work remotely as well as in the office.