We'd Love To Connect You To 911, But It's Patented
from the your-expected-wait-time-is... dept
A company announced today that it’s been granted a patent covering some aspect of E911 calls from GSM mobile phones, something having to do with locating a caller and relaying that information to the emergency call center. Why should a company be able to patent something with such blatant public-safety implications? The US government has been pushing for mobile operators to implement E911 for some time, and it’s been perenially held up by any number of reasons: governmental buffoonery, carrier foot-dragging, less than impressive technology and, of course, the all-time favorite, local governments not preparing their 911 call centers to support E911, but rather spending the money designated for it on ballpoint pens, winter boots and dry cleaning bills Signs point that the December 31 deadline for it to be implemented will fly right by unheeded as well. So if the government is really serious about getting E911 implemented and/or saving lives — something of which there’s been little indication over the past several years — it would be removing barriers to its adoption, not letting companies raise new barriers by patenting technology needed for it.