Black Hawk County, Iowa, First to Accept 911 Texts
The 911 emergency call center in Waterloo, Iowa, is the first in the U.S. to accept text messages in place of phone calls during an emergency. Residents who are enrolled with i wireless, a T-Mobile affiliate, can make use of the service. Other area residents who aren't enrolled will receive a text response from 911 instructing them to call 911 instead. Black Hawk County officials are working with the other carriers in the region so that all residents are served by the program. Because text messages don't carry location information, users are prompted to enter their zip codes before being connected to the 911 text services. If they are in an area not served, they are instructed to call 911. In the future, Black Hawk County also expects to be able to receive picture and video messages as part of 911 emergency services.
If theres a frinkin emergency...
I'm obviously very anti-txt msg'g.
Great idea in fringe coverage areas
They were also potentially dangerous, and it would be difficult to quickly request help. My main solution was to use twitter and a contact back in town to ask for help if trouble arrived. Sometimes iridium is difficult to use under certain terrain conditions. I'd imagine it could really help SAR.
Carriers do have the rough positioning information available, and the handsets do have AGPS on board. Its already set up to pass location data out of band. In the future, something similar could be used when texting 911.
Not to mention that if you were under the bed hiding d...
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