19 Oct 2009

American Samoa gets money to upgrade 911 call centre

12:15 pm on 19 October 2009

American Samoa has been awarded a grant of US$200 thousand to improve its 911 call centre so that it can locate people calling from wireless and internet connected telephones.

Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, said reaching a 911 operator can make the difference between life and death.

With the majority of emergency 911 calls coming from wireless and Internet connected telephones, the grant will help first responders locate where these calls are made from and ensure that help arrives quickly.

The funds could be used to implement advanced technologies to deliver 911 calls with automatic crash location information as well as evacuation alerts to people using wireless services, warning them of dangerous situations such as a bridge being washed out or a toxic spill