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Verizon Targets 2013 for 911 SMS Alert System

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May 4, 2012, 4:43 PM
This is great. Hopefully other carriers will expedite this functionality into their networks. And a BIG hopefully that the PSAPs will receive the necessary funding to make sure their systems are upgraded to take the SMS messages.

May 6, 2012, 9:51 AM
Why is this so great?
Maybe im missing something, but if I need to call 911 id rather talk to a person to know they have received my messege.
The only people I could see this benefit are folks who for some reason or another are mute, as in cant speak.

May 6, 2012, 9:44 PM
Any sort of home invasion where someone doesn't want to make noise? The deaf/mute community has also been pushing for this for a while. The fact of the matter is that this is great simply because it gives another option to contact emergency personnel when the standard voice call may not be an option or may be a poor option.

Also, the system is set up such that a 911 SMS receives the same priority as a call to 911, so unless the PSAP is overloaded there will be a response.

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