Verizon Takes the Lead on Text to 911 Services

Interesting press release from Verizon detailing how they are working with US 911 centers to allow SMS messaging vs. calling 911.  Turns out this may not be a bad idea as there are situations where speaking to the 911 operator could be dangerous.

There are already services in use at stadiums where patrons can send an SMS message to security to alert them of rowdy/disruptive fans (good idea if you ask me).

From Engadget:

The FCC first outlined its intention to allow texting to emergency services back in 2010, and since then despite more talk of accepting photo and video messages, nothing official came to be. This week, however, Verzion has taken the initiative, and announced its own plans to enable text to 911 for its customers…[MORE]


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