Posted on: September 26, 2010
911 emergency services is looking to bring their life-saving technology into the 21st century with text messages and phone-streaming videos to their emergency centers.
Seventy percent of 911’s calls are from mobile phones, and soon their services could possibly help save more lives.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday it plans to modernize their 911 system, as well as allow automated pinging of 911 by sensors, including chemical detection sensors, alarm systems, medical devices and systems like On-Star in automobiles, according to CNN.
Allowing people to text message for help would allow people to report crimes without being overheard, which could be helpful in events such as kidnapping and robberies.
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I’m glad to see the updated safety features begin. In the press release, the FCC said the now-infamous shooting rampage at Virginia Tech as an example of how a more modern system could be useful because students and witnesses desperately tried to send texts to 9-1-1 that local dispatchers never received. Hopefully they can update the system quickly. It is a move that is already long overdue.