Friday, October 02, 2015

Mobile emergency location has not been as good as it needs to be


I wasn’t aware of the fact that location services with smart phone technology in emergencies still has left something to be desired.

In the Entrepreneurhip section (p. B9) of the New York Times Business Section Thursday Oct. 1, Glenn Rifkin covers “a lifesaving phone app inspired by a brush with tragedy” here.  It’s called RapidSOS, and it deals with the way emergency cell phone calls are routed among towers, to a response center that may not be as close as with a landline call. 

The precipitating incident was a wintertime outdoor fall in Indiana. 

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