Calling 911 On Your Cell Phone May Actually Hurt More Than Help You [VIDEO]
When you have an emergency the first thing you’re most likely to do is grab your phone and call 911. Having a smart phone along with your phone number, really helps emergency people get to your general location. But that’s not always the case.
What if you’re in a building where the signal is bouncing around? What if the tower your call pings from isn’t the closest one to where you are? What if you’re emergency limits your ability to communicate your exact location? These are problems the FCC is looking into.
NBC News tells us:
On TV crime dramas, when the good guys want to find someone, they simply go to their computers and instantly locate that person via their cellphone signal. In real life, it’s not quite so easy.
If you’ve ever had to call 911 from your cell you may recall that the first thing you were asked was, “Where’s you location.” The FCC says that now a days about 70% of 911 calls come from cell phones so more needs to be done to improve the ability to get exact locations of those calls.
“In most cities, just a few meters can mean the difference between several buildings and that can be the difference between life and death.”