The FCC is planning a dramatic makeover of the 911 emergency response system.
Numerous reports are saying that the FCC is planning a new 911 system that will be able to accept the following from smartphones:
- Text Messages
The FCC report says these updates will significantly help first responders as well as those who may not be able to use voice communications.
There are no deadlines on when this service would be rolled out to the public. At the moment, the FCC has created a framework for implementing the plan. The plan looks at:
- How to build the framework for such a system
- Infrastructure requirements
- Who will oversee the system
- Funding for the system
Why It Is Needed
An overhaul of the 911 system is way overdue. More and more people are cutting their traditional telephone lines in favor of standard cell phones and smartphones.
One survey showed phone landline ownership has plummeted as much as 50 percent in regions such as New York and New Jersey. In California, it’s around a 21 percent decline.
With more and more people owning phones with capabilities such as text messaging and photo/video sharing, it makes sense to incorporate these features into a new 911 system.
This will significantly help law enforcement and emergency crews do their job better.
When It Will Launch
Based on the documents, it looks like it’s going to be awhile before a system gets off the ground.
However it is interesting to see how mobile and wireless technology is significantly changing the way we protect our homes and businesses.
Already, wireless technology is used in many security systems to help it communicate with the alarm monitoring center.
Additionally, cellular signals are being used in remote security cameras and other devices.
911 Calling Tips
With all this talk about 911, it’s important to remember the tips below when calling for an emergency.
1. Stay Calm: It’s important to say calm when talking with a 911 operator. This will allow them to dispatch emergency responders faster.
2. Listen Closely: It’s important to listen to the operator so you understand the questions that they are asking.
3. For Recordings: If you happen to get a recording saying all operators are busy, be sure to listen to the directions and take appropriate action.
4. Never Immediately Hang Up: Always wait to hang up until the dispatcher tells you it’s OK to hang up the phone.
Following these tips will help you stay calm when dialing 911.
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