Thursday, January 30, 2014

The 9-1-1 Accuracy Debate Enters a New Phase: Here Come the Legislators

In September of last year, we ran a piece on a study in California that found the ability of the state's 911 centers to determine the location of a call for help was declining. Principal in those findings was the growing use of cellphones and the corresponding lack of GPS accuracy when a call from one of those phones was being made from inside a building. The consideration of how to fix that technical issue has recently taken on a new flavor - advocacy groups and legislators are getting involved. More below:

(The Hill, January 16, 2014)

(AP, January 3, 2014)

(Government Technology, December 10, 2013)

Comment: This is going to be an interesting food-fight to watch. On the one hand, you can't legislate the physics of electrons, on the other, there is clearly a problem which needs to be fixed.

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