UPDATE In today’s world, we’re able to pay bills, schedule a ride pickup and even remotely control the thermostat and lights in our houses using our phones. But when we most need them—during times of emergency—our devices might prove useless, according to a recent study by south Florida’s WBBH-TV.
Investigators from the station placed phone calls using the four major carriers from inside a local 911 dispatch center.
Each time, dispatchers could only pinpoint the caller’s location within
three to four miles, as they were relying on pings from the nearest
Charlotte County’s E911 coordinator
Laurie Anderson explained that the technology dispatcher centers used
were designed for landline devices, not cell phones. Current 911 technology dates to the 1960s and 1970s, Inside Towers reported. Furthermore, Anderson said dispatchers rely on the carriers for the location accuracy of wireless 911 callers. Continue Reading