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neat post here by +Robert Redl on how texting isn't always just for the the lulz
Alert 911 through text messaging!?
plz share, could save a life, thanks

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Ask your state, police, telco how you and your kids can use 911 services through text messaging, email, web, photos, videos as modern information technology citizens.


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Consumers should be able to use text messaging networks to their full capacity in emergency situations. To ensure these capabilities, the FCC supports the Next Generation 911 initiative , designed to connect consumers to emergency systems like 911 via text messaging.

Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative
The Nation's current 9-1-1 system is designed around telephone technology and cannot handle the text, data, images and video that are both increasingly common in personal communications and critical to future transportation safety and mobility advances. The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Initiative has established the foundation for public emergency communications services in a wireless mobile society.

Franklin County residents likely will be the first in the state to be able to text their emergencies to authorities when calls to 911 are not possible.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced in February 2012 that it would begin a three-month trial of a service that would allow people with hearing and speech impairments to communicate with emergency call centres via text message.

Not only has text messaging had an impact in schools, but also on police forces around the world.

Police have also retrieved deleted messages to incriminate cult member Sara Svensson after confessing to murdering the wife of pastor Helge Fossmo and having shot his lover's husband Daniel Linde in Knutby, Sweden. They traced the messages, because she said she had acted anonymously on text forwards received in her phone.

Police in Tilburg, Netherlands, started an SMS alert program, in which they would send a message to ask citizens to be vigilant when a burglar was on the loose or a child was missing in their neighborhood. Several thieves have been caught and children found using the SMS Alerts. The service has been expanding rapidly to other cities.

Boston police are now turning to text messaging to help stop crime. The Boston Police Department has established a program in which one can text in a crime tip anonymously to help stop crimes.

A Malaysian court had ruled that it is legal to divorce through the use of text messaging , as long as one is clear and unequivocal.

National Organizations
911 Industry Alliance: E911 Institute:
Association of Public Safety Communication Officials:
National Academies of Emergency Dispatch:
National Association of State 911 Administrators:
National Emergency Number Association:
Next Generation Safety Consortium:
The National 911 Education Program:

Big Thanks to +Derek Slater for bringing this topic to my attention
Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives #TED :

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