Nokia Cell Phone with "Mayday" Emergency Transceiver

Description
This equipment, originally built by NAVSYS of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the basis of a federal experimental emergency response system from 1995. Tested in Colorado, the system relied on GPS data and map databases to provide the location of emergency cellular calls. Based on this testing, the Federal Communications Commission established regulations which required the caller's location to be provided to first responders for all mobile E-911 calls. Commercial services—Ford’s Rescu, General Motors OnStar—superseded this test system.
Object Name
cellular telephone
radio transceiver
date made
ca 1996
maker
Nokia Inc.
NAVSYS Corporation
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
metal (part: material)
plastic (part: material)
Measurements
.01: cell phone: 7 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 19.05 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.445 cm
.02: transceiver: 7 in x 6 in x 1 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 15.24 cm x 3.175 cm
.03: control unit: 5 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 13.0175 cm x 19.05 cm x 6.985 cm
.04: user interface: 4 in x 3 in x 2 in; 10.16 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.08 cm
.05: battery: 7 in x 3 in x 1 1/8 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.8575 cm
.06: computer chips: 1 1/2 in x 5/8 in x 3/8 in; 3.81 cm x 1.5875 cm x .9525 cm
.07: case: 7 in x 4 in x 9 in; 17.78 cm x 10.16 cm x 22.86 cm
.08: antenna: 2 in x 2 in x 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.905 cm
.09: data interface: 3 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 7.62 cm x 7.3025 cm x 2.8575 cm
.10: handset cable: 39 in x 1/2 in; 99.06 cm x 1.27 cm
.11: gray modular cable: 83 in x 1/4 in; 210.82 cm x .635 cm
.12: gray adapter cable: 196 in x 1 in; 497.84 cm x 2.54 cm
.13: control unit cable: 12 in x 1/8 in; 30.48 cm x .3175 cm
.14: microphone: 1 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 2.8575 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
2010.0119.01
accession number
2010.0119
catalog number
2010.0119.01
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Time and Navigation
Exhibition
Time and Navigation, National Air and Space Museum
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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