Rhode Island Preparing to Launch E-911
Dec 11, 2001, 5:38 AM by (staff)
Rhode Island says it is poised to become the first state in the nation with technology allowing dispatchers to pinpoint the location of emergency calls from cell phone users. Enhanced 911 uses global positioning technology to pinpoint the cell phone's location. The enhanced system was expected to be up and running next week.
Skype for Windows Phone Adds Location Sharing
Skype today announced an update to its app for Windows Phone devices that introduces location sharing for the first time. Skype version 2.22 is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Lenovo Says Bug Preventing Moto G Plus from Making 911 Calls On Verizon
Lenovo issued a notice this week warning that the Moto G5 Plus may not be able to connect 911 calls via VoLTE on Verizon's wireless network. The company has identified the bug and expects to issue a software patch in the next week or so.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
T-Mobile Phones Hanging Up on 911 in Dallas
Hundreds of hang-up calls hitting Dallas' 911 center are causing backlogs, reports the Wall Street Journal, and T-Mobile handsets are to blame. The issue began last fall and occurs when a T-Mobile customer places a legitimate call to 911.
FCC Sets New E911 Location Rules for Carriers
The FCC today adopted rules it first proposed last year that will eventually help first responders to locate people who call 911 from their cell phones faster. Specifically, the FCC wants first responders to be able to better locate people within buildings.