- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The city of Mitchell is among the first to implement new 911 technology that will link all dispatch centers in the state.

The Daily Republic reports (https://bit.ly/21uBS7x ) that the dispatch centers are transitioning to Next Generation 911. It’s a system of hardware, software, data and operational policies that include a statewide digital telephone system and an IP-based network that links all dispatch centers.

State 911 Coordinator Shawnie Rechtenbaugh says it’s a first for South Dakota.

With NG 911, a center unable to answer 911 calls due to a power outage or other disaster could route its calls to a neighboring center. The new system will also allow people to make 911 calls via text, photo or video messages.

Rechtenbaugh says eight dispatch centers have implemented the system so far.

___

Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide