I wrote about it here and here re: how lousy Ohio’s doing on this front. Next month, a new first-ever report will be released that will indicate just how serious a problem the failure of locating wireless 911 calls is.
Here’s the story from the AP. Read more about the Association of Public-Communications Officials – the group that requested the report, here. Read about APCO’s Project LOCATE here. Read about the funding source, Public Safety Foundation of America, here.
This line in the AP story says it all, and repeats what the other articles posted last month said:
While the report pointed out the generally poor performance of the wireless industry in locating 911 callers, it also pointed out a need for 911 call centers to work closely with providers and the importance of public education.
A new generation of telephone customers is being raised without using land-based telephone lines. But they still expect rescuers to be able to find them.
The issue has become more critical as the number of 911 calls from cell phones exceeds those coming from land lines, public safety experts say.
CTIA reports that 230,000 calls to 911 are made from cell phones each day. The group also estimates that 8.4 percent of households are “wireless only.
Ohio legislators: do not say no one told you.