Verizon Targets 2013 for 911 SMS Alert System
Verizon Wireless announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to deliver SMS messages to 911 call centers (public-service answering points, or PSAPs). The company believes it can deliver this functionality to its customers by early in 2013, though the number of PSAPs that can receive text messages will be limited at the start. Verizon will use its existing CDMA SMS network to deliver the messages and notifications with the help of TeleCommunication Systems, which has worked with the Federal Communications Commission to develop an SMS-to-911 backbone. Verizon is also working with the FCC and other federal and state agencies to bring this service to market. The FCC last year launched an initiative to bring SMS and MMS support to the next-generation 911 emergency notification system.
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Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
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Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
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FCC Votes to Improve Text Alert System
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The FCC today took action to improve the Wireless Emergency Alert system. Local, state, and federal governments use the system to alert people about impending threats.
SMS is not the way
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 spea...