New Data Show More Than 2/3 Of Texas 9-1-1 Calls From Cell Phones Delivered Without Location Informaion
This is a create read. Normally the GeoCommunity articles are shorter, but this one has a lot of data. I think at this point most people know that all cell phones are now providing location data to 911 operators so that they can more efficiently get emergency services out to the callers. They have been doing this for years and it works on phones that do not have a provider. So if you are not interested in using a cell phone you can actually still call 911 and it will still provide data.
At least, that is how it should work. We see in this article that there many calls in Texas are being delivered without the federally required location information. I am really interested to see where the breakdown on this is. I think it is silly to suggest that operators 'rebid' the location information. I think it is equally silly that with the tremendous amount of money spent on telecommunications in the United States that this would still be an issue.
This is what happens when we start cutting budgets for things that people actually use just to save a few pennies. As with most things, adult education would fix this.
Scientists expect GOCE satellite to crash to Earth in just days
An extra article today. I think that it is pretty cool when satellites fall from orbit. It has a sort of bittersweet poetry to it. The GOCE satellite has completed its mission and ran out of fuel recently. It was studying Earths gravitational field so I think it is extra poetic that it would now be pulled in by that field.