In the News 2015

Iredell County paves way for 911 text messages
01.21.2015 - The Iredell County commissioners approved a contract Tuesday that will transition the emergency communications and management department (ECOM) to a next-generation 911 system that will enable new features – such as text-to-911 – and allow for future capabilities such as sending video and pictures to 911. To do so, the county is dumping its current provider, AT&T Inc., and entering into a five-year, $1.4 million contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. and Intrado Communications...
Verizon Vehicle to Provide Emergency and Other Services for $15 Monthly
01.15.2015 - Verizon is pursuing a considerably different connected car strategy than AT&T, an announcement from Verizon yesterday reveals. Verizon Vehicle, announced yesterday and scheduled for availability later this year, is an after-market device and service that will support emergency communications and dispatch, along with stolen vehicle location assistance and diagnostic, troubleshooting and maintenance capabilities. A Verizon spokesperson told Telecompetitor the device is valued at $120...
Text to 911 to Launch in Nebraska
01.05.2015 - KEARNEY, Neb. -- Nearly 50 years ago the first 911 call was made in the United States in 1968. Soon Nebraskans will be able to text for help. Buffalo County and Douglas County are launching the text to 911 service at the start of the new year. On January 5th the new texting service designed to keep up with today's phone abilities will launch. "New technology emerges and evolves and 911's always trying to catch up to make 911 as available for everyone as we possibly can,...
Essex County upgrading 911 trunks
01.02.2015 - ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County lawmakers are doing last-minute preparations for the early January power-up of the county’s new digital public-safety radio system. The County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved spending $152,406 for Intrado Corp. of Longmont, Colo., to upgrade telephone trunk lines at the County 911 Center in Lewis.   The money is from grant funds, and the work was not subject to bid, County Manager Daniel Palmer said.