It’s hard to fathom a time when calling 9-1-1 wasn’t an option. Today, nearly 99% of people across the US have access to dialing this ubiquitous number. However, it has only been a little over fifty years since the first 9-1-1 call was successfully placed in Haleyville, Alabama. Even more shocking is the fact that 50% of the US was without 9-1-1 implementation until practically 1990. Our society’s almost absolute reliance on this one number in such a short period of time is astounding.
I recently began working for RedSky Technologies...as a writer. I never thought I would say I work for a tech company, but here we are! Since I’ve started, I’ve been busy writing all about E911, its importance, and how we fit into 9-1-1. So, I figured I’d switch things up.
In the emergency response world, there has been disappointing news lately; the lack of accurate location data associated with cell calls, the lack of funding from state and local authorities to upgrade networks, and shift from land-lines to cellular and other communication methods which upends the whole financial model on which emergency response exists.