Cellular Phone Communications
There's plenty to be said about cellular telephone
service and 9-1-1. After all, you dial 9-1-1 to get
assistance when in need, be it a fire, medical condition
or law enforcement issue. But when you are calling from
a telephone that could be located on opposite sides
of a city in a matter of minutes, things get complicated.
Most cellular phone providers now provide location
service from the phone in terms of a latitude and longitude
coordinate. When a 9-1-1 call is placed from one of
these phones, its location is displayed at our center
with these coordinates as opposed to the normal address.
From these coordinates we can provide a nearby address
to responders so they can find the caller.
Unfortunately, not all providers have developed their
systems fully but they are working on it. Too, with
the growing number of "pay per call" or pre-paid cell
phone accounts out there, the problem of locating these
is still an obstacle to overcome.
For a lot more information about wireless communications
and 9-1-1, visit this site: