In The News This Week
This week in industry news, StateScoop reports on how companies like Apple and Google are beginning to stir public interest in new community safety features, like the ability to share more precise location data with emergency responders. For places where 911 infrastructure has gone untouched for many decades, the path leading to the next generation of 911 and the ability to utilize these new features is unclear, especially when no stable sources of funding exist. Key Highlights:
- The ability to receive and manage accurate cell location data is critical for 911 centers, particularly given that 80 percent of the 911 calls today are made from cell phones.
- The FCC is trying to improve location accuracy by putting new location precision requirements on call carriers each year. Last year, the requirement was that carriers provide location data within 50 meters, 40 percent of the time. In 2018, the requirement is 50 meters, 50 percent of the time.
- Precise location data alone isn't next generation 911. Another integral component is the ability to handle new streams of data, such as delivering video and photos, and and deploying the technology needed to make these new capabilities that they make possible.
Read more about Apple's recent partnership with RapidSOS to deliver enhanced smartphone emergency location data for PSAPs through several industry-leading 9-1-1 system integrations.
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We're excited to be partnering with Santa Fe County's 911 to help local officials keep students and schools safe. The Santa Fe superintendent says the district is always exploring new technology to make schools safer and is excited to learn more about the program and what it can do for schools in the district.
Major Gabriel Gonzales says the new system can buy emergency response more time and ensure critical incident information is being relayed from the scene to 911 dispatch. Emergency officials hope to get every schools in the county to use it.
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