Posted by: medicblog999 | August 10, 2009

Whatever next?

love_textingI got sent this bit of information from a reader and just had to share it with you all :

This seems like good news but since there are many dangerous prank calls being made, it would be easier now to make them, at least in Iowa:

‘An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, today became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to 911. “I think there’s a need to get out front and get this technology available,” the county’s police chief says, adding that 911 texting should be of particular help to deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, who have had to rely on more cumbersome methods.
‘There have also been several cases around the country of kidnap victims summoning help by surreptitiously texting friends or relatives, who then called 911. With direct texting to 911, they should be able to get help faster. An exec at the firm that upgraded the call center said calling should still be the preferred way to reach 911, but texting is a useful complement. A lot of kids already think they can text 911, he said.’ SOURCE: Associated Press

Can you imagine the potential for abuse from this, and all of the extra training the call takers would have to undergo to understand ‘text speak’. I would try to give you an example but I have no clue about text speak, as I am far to old for that!



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Responses

  1. Dno wot ur tlkin bout cos its ded simpl
    c u l8r

  2. It’s one of those ideas that, as an idea, is brilliant, but will be horribly abused. 😦

  3. srsly I wntd 2 b da 1st 2 commnt in txt speak.

    Do they even *have* texting in Iowa? I lived there for a few years and I have to tell you that the cell phone coverage is spotty at best.

    In all seriousness though, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area is pretty large and has a large university (Univ. of Northern Iowa) in their jurisdiction. It’s probably a good idea and it will be interesting to see how it’s going to work.


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