News & Current Issues
Although mostly ironed out now, cellular phone issues
continue to be of importance to 9-1-1 operations. For
the status of cellular phones and 9-1-1,
Our current concerns for communications and 9-1-1
service is the new technology Voice Over IP or "VoIP".
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ALS or Automatic Location Services is in the works.
We are hoping to test this service with a local EMS
agency in the coming year of 2006.
Expansion of the Colbert County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center
is underway. Through a Homeland Security Grant earlier
this year, we have completed the first phase of modernizing
our site security at the Center. Six new video monitor
cameras have been installed at various points around
the facility. In the past, we relied on two black and
white cameras covering a limited area of the Center.
Without a view to the outdoors, our Telecomunicators
were essentially "blind" to something as simple as current
weather conditions. This has changed, in addition to
two new indoor cameras with a view outdoors, we also
have two exterior dedicated cameras, one with "pan &
tilt" capabilities. Gone is the black and white days,
our new system is in color.