As I’ve written before, there’s an impending dread related to how poorly Ohio and much of the country’s wireless 911 network works. This report from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) examines and outlines just how inadequate the systems are at handling wireless 911 and how immiment the need is to upgrade wireless 911 service. And the Ohio legislature has a direct relation to how poorly it operates in Ohio.
But today, the Plain Dealer Metro Breaking News feed offered this encouraging info, at least encouraging if you support home rule, which, it might seem, our lovely General Assembly does if it means that they can skip out on spending money on important statewide infrastructure:
Akron and Summit County partnered to buy a 9-1-1 system that displays a cell phone’s number and its location. The system will reduce response times and get help to people who don’t know where they are.
Buying one system to share saved taxpayers about $150,000, Akron spokesman Mark Williamson said, “and maintenance costs will be reduced by as much
as 40 percent by eliminating redundancies.”
Akron’s deputy mayor of public safety, George Romanoski, said the new system, made by AT&T, will be running by late July. It cost about $750,000.
Dispatchers in Cleveland are using an older system that does not give them cell phone numbers or locations.
And while I’m at it: Yo – Cuyahoga County Commissioners – you think hundreds of thousands of visitors to a medical mart and convention center, travelers with their cellphones, will want to be in a city that has an antiquated wireless 911 system? Safety is a person’s biggest concern when they travel to cities you know.
Okay – and a last thing: could SB 117 tie this issue in, and make AT&T and other similar providers toss in money for wireless assistance? Seems to me like there might be something in there for that?