Cellular Phones and GPS Tracking
The FCC is requiring 95% of cellular phones in use will have GPS services built in so they can be located if the phone dials 911. An early example of this technology at use came last week when Michael Dendy crashed his motorcycle. He was far enough off the road that nobody saw him. He was conscious but didn’t know where he was.
So he called 911 and rescue personnel were able to locate him by the GPS coordinates that were broadcast when he dialed 911. A police helicopter flew to the coordinates enabling paramedics to locate Dendy.
“They basically sat on top over him and guided us to him,” said Sgt. Kelli Starr-Leach, spokeswoman for New Castle County Paramedics. “He was about 200 yards off the roadway, in marsh and brush. [The helicopter crew] were the only ones who could have located him.”
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