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In many cities in the United States, data is helping address rising rates of homelessness. The data can help metropolitan areas manage safety for these vulnerable populations. Fairfax County will host public information meetings about its use of Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft systems (UAS). The technology used in emergency dispatch centers have failed to upgrade and keep pace with the needs of residents. Mobile technology has changed the way that people contact 911, and aging 911 centers are finally starting to see video and text upgrades are helping with response.
- PSAP systems are getting critical upgrades following ciricism of aging 911 systems, turning 50 this year
- The past two decades, as wireless technology has rapidly advanced, experts have questioned why America's most crucial communication system continues to struggle to keep pace.
- Local governments pay for 911 centers, which has led to a “patchwork implementation” of technology. So one county may have the latest equipment -- with text and video capabilities -- a nearby county or municipality could have aging technology that impedes its ability to immediately locate a caller.
- When residents dial 911 in areas with the updated technology, communications officers can send a link to the caller’s phone, which enables video live streaming or texting.
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In San Luis Obispo, the county sheriff's office has announced that Smart911 will be available for residents. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to sign up online and to provide key information to 9-1-1 dispatchers that can be valuable during an emergency. When a resident makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is shown to the emergency dispatch team along with any informatoin they disclosed, such as home addresses, mobile or home phone numbers, medical conditions, medications, pets, enmergency contacts, or photos of family members. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.
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