Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Communications
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Text-To-911 Goes Live, But Not Everyone Gets Message
Text-To-911 Goes Live, But Not Everyone Gets Message

By Seth Fitzgerald
May 16, 2014 11:12AM

    Bookmark and Share
The four major U.S. wireless carriers have rolled out Text-To-911 to allow people to send text messages to public safety call centers in the event of emergencies. The problem is because voice calling is still the preferred method of contact, not many of the call centers are equipped to accept Text-To-911 messages.
 


Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all implemented Text-To-911 but now it is up to individual emergency call centers to accept the messages. Calling is still the preferred method of communication in an emergency but in some situations, texting is both easier and safer, which is why public safety answering points (PSAP) are beginning to accept text messages.

At this point, the implementation of Text-To-911 only means that the four carriers have agreed to route 911 texts to PSAPs. Until the call centers purchase and install special equipment to handle text messages, they will only accept calls. In those situations, people texting 911 will receive messages informing them that their messages did not go through and that they must make a voice call.

Try To Call

Voice calling is almost always preferable to Text-To-911, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which runs the program. Even if someone is hearing impaired, the FCC said that TTY (teletypewriter) is a better and more reliable alternative to texting. This means that texting should be reserved for when someone is unable to talk, such as in a medical emergency or when there is a burglar in the caller's house.

In addition to being the preferred method of communication with PSAPs, there are other benefits that come along with voice communication. 911 Emergency Dispatchers aren't available just to route and answer calls; they are also trained to deal with people in stressful situations by calming them down. Unfortunately, they are not able to respond emotionally and calm someone down via a text message.

There are also some practical issues with texting that are not found in voice communication. It may take longer for texts to be sent and subsequently received than for a voice call to placed. Additionally, longer text conversations are necessary just to provide enough information to 911 operators.

A Difficult Implementation

Upgrading the infrastructure of emergency call centers is a lengthy process. Not only must the centers purchase Text-To-911 equipment, they must also train people to respond to texts rather than calls. According to an FCC document, only a handful of emergency centers in certain states support texting, while in some areas, like Massachusetts, there are no PSAPs that have enabled Text-To-911.

The FCC had previously setup guidelines that would require certain U.S. carriers to support Text-To-911 by the end of 2014 and while that deadline been met, there are no requirements for call centers to actually support the new feature. Instead, a PSAP could decide not to support texts for the next few years and in some cases, they may not even have the means to implement the new communication method.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

pennywise-dollarstupid:

Posted: 2014-05-17 @ 7:56am PT
What's cheaper for Verizon/att/tmo... Running the service or buying PSAPs equipment?

regina:

Posted: 2014-05-17 @ 7:47am PT
I say that is good



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Communications
1.   BBM Now Available on Windows Phone
2.   Hangouts Now More Biz Friendly
3.   Chief Customer Officers' Clout Grows
4.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
5.   Call Center Training: Tips for Success


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.