• For some this might seem like a waste of money. But for those in the rural countryside it could be a great improvement.
    Just the fraction of a cell signal is enough to send a text. When out in the country (or a highway between Houston and nowhere), the ability to reach emergency services could prove invaluable.
    What is the downside?

    August 14, 2008 at 11:05 p.m.

  • Interesting... I had read where a large city like Chicago (don't quote me on that) was going to allow something similar as far as being able to receive 911 texts.  In any case I think it is a good idea.  I do not see a vast majority of emergency calls being changed to texts, but I do like it as it is another "option" if the need arises.

    It's always good to have options, and not be dependent on one technology.  I see an advantage in many instances, for example:

    - House is broken into, you are hiding and calling would give away your location.

    - In an area where signal is poor/spotty.  You can send the text and it will send on its own when a signal is available, the moment it's available.

    - As the text shows on the operator's screen, it can show the owner of the phone's information and be running the triangulation in the background if it has not already done so to get the approximate location of the caller.

    - For someone who is deaf/mute, this would be very helpful should the need arise.

    - In a domestic violence type situation, the victim could text for help without alerting anyone.

    There are many examples along with the ability to send pics and videos of evidence, but I am sure you get the idea.  The key thing is texting is just another option (keyword) to get help.  I am sure there are many "Get off my lawn" types who would not like the idea. 

    But you know CJ, I honestly do not know 1 person who texts like an idiot.  Another thing to consider is it a requirement to speak English when calling 911? 

    This also reminds me of an episode of 'The IT Crowd' where Moss emails the fire department.  BWAHAHA!  Good times...  Click here to see a video clip.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:07 p.m.

  • This has to be the dumbest thing I've heard this week.  The prices I've seen are in the neighborhood of $25million EACH.  I know that if I need the fire department or an ambulance, I don't want to send a text message or need to send streaming video.  The 911 dispatch center has caller ID and gets the address from the phone without you talking...that is if you are on a land line.  I don't know if new technology can locate a cell phone or not; it's been too many years since I worked there.  The text messaging feature would probably slow the response time because real people work as dispatchers and they'd have to interpretet the message without vowels.  Somebody, please, anybody, give an example of when a text message would be better than simply talking on the phone and saying , "HELP!!!!"

    August 14, 2008 at 8:21 a.m.