9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area
Don't cut the cord just yet on your home phones! FCC data reveals that 9 out of 10 emergency calls made with a cell phone in Washington, D.C. lack accurate location information, making it harder for emergency workers to respond in a crisis. The data was collected in the first half of 2013 and only covers the D.C. area in the U.S.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, public interest group Find Me 911 reported:
The report cites that Verizon and Sprint were able to deliver location accurately on about 24 percent of calls each while GSM providers like T-Mobile and AT&T fared worse with 3.2% and 2.6% accuracy respectively.
This is especially alarming given that many households have given up on a landline and rely solely on their cellphones for voice communications.
The agency says that up to 10,000 additional lives could be saved with better location information, which would help reduce emergency response times. The FCC already is proposing a new rule that would address this issue, which would make it far more accurate than the A-GPS system used by most phones and carriers. A-GPS requires a direct line of sight to satellites to report location, which means it could fail in buildings and dense urban environments.
The FCC's new proposal is being endorsed by many emergency services associations, including those that represent police chiefs, sheriffs, firefighters, EMS, EMTs, and others.
Source: Find Me 911
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Called 911 with abusive step dad, I just called 911 I left it on for them to hear everything. I had to be sneaky, I couldn't hold phone to talk. Within minutes I was so relieved to hear those hard knocks/banging on the door. I can almost assure you people who are younger like 6 years may go through the same. They may not know the street or full address. I feel more sad than disappointed that maybe others can't be found.
(Dev of Atmosphere weather)