We live in an incredibly technologically-driven world. Our smartphones are about the size of a deck of cards and as powerful as some low-end laptops, our cars are learning how to drive themselves and our computers are becoming as intelligent as human beings. We are truly living in a tech-topia. Technology has influenced almost every aspect of our culture and every industry. And yet, somehow, some services still remain in the past.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, journalist Ryan Knutson writes about how today’s smartphones and mobile applications can utilize global positioning systems in order to pinpoint a user’s location, and yet our country’s emergency services cannot do the same. It is a very clear and pressing issue.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Software on Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google’s Android smartphones help mobile apps like Uber and Facebook to pinpoint a user’s location, making it possible to order a car, check in at a local restaurant or receive targeted advertising.
But 911, with a far more pressing purpose, is stuck in the past.
U.S. regulators estimate as many as 10,000 lives could be saved each year if the 911 emergency dispatching system were able to get to callers one minute faster. Better technology would be especially helpful, regulators say, when a caller can’t speak or identify his or her location.”
To read the full article, click here.