CNN has recognized the problem we’ve been talking about for months and months: the problem of cell tower triangulation when making a 911 call from your cell phone. Precious time can indeed be wasted when 911 services can’t find you accurately, but even when triangulation works fairly well, it’s not that accurate unless you’re in a best case scenario where it’s within 300 meters (984 feet) of your call.
Keep in mind that for every minute wasted due to trying to get an initial fix on one’s phone with triangulation that the following questions still remain:
- how much more time is wasted when the reading is inaccurate?
- are people realistically going to check in with local 911 in each town they visit to get the local emergency number?
- What happens when a 911 caller is not able to calmly explain the situation, especially if the caller is the victim?
It’s unfortunate that CNN believes that living in the mobile age means that getting emergency help from your cell phone is not as easy as it once was. This should not be the case since cell phones are tools meant to make life easier by virtue of their mobility and, nowadays, their advanced functions that let you organize your day, save all your contacts, find your way home, etc.
Cell phones are tools made to connect people and MobileTrec’s SafeKidZone is built on that philosophy. We connect 911 with the right PSAP for your area because we use real GPS, not triangulation. We connect you with your Safety Network right away – they are the ones who will help you even before 911 arrives. And, most importantly, we connect you with your community and family.
We already know the local emergency numbers so all you have to do is hit the panic button. Yes, the mobile age is here, but MobileTREC’ SafeKidZone is still making it easier to get help when you need it.