Iowans Become First in the Country to Text 911

August 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Today you can order a pizza, pay your cell phone bill, blog, and tweet by texting on your cell phone, but you cannot text 911 in an emergency—until now. Iowans in the Waterloo and Black Hawk County area of Eastern Iowa are the first citizens in the country to be able to text 911 in case of an emergency.

This new service has clear advantages for the disabled, who can now text a 911 operator instead of talking to them in case of an emergency. As well, if citizens are in an area where their cell phone signal is weak, they can send a text message, which doesn’t require as strong a signal as verbal communication.

Other law enforcement agencies are watching the Iowan experiment as they consider creating similar capability in their communities.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/wireless/2009-08-10-911text_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

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