Verizon and Maryland-based TeleCommunication Systems are teaming up to launch the United States’ first text messaging to the 911 emergency service system. They hope that handicapped users, or people who are unable to speak over the phone because they are in danger can more effectively communicate with first responders using the system.
These new systems are said to be capable of receiving texts, photos and video from the public, and should help them be able to assess and response to an emergency situation. Verizon plans to launch the service in some unannounced selected in 2013.
Text services should be ready by the expected early 2013 launch. They did not mention user-transmitted videos or photos in this most recent announcement. Once in place, it should save more lives.