911 Texts Coming to Camden County
Camden County will become the first in New Jersey to offer 911 text messaging.
Camden County freeholders voted Thursday night to upgrade the county's emergency response system, making it the first in New Jersey to offer 911 text messaging.
The new 911 system, which will include all-new hardware and servers, should go online in July 2013.
“It is important for the county to utilize current technology to ensure the safety of our residents,” Freeholder Scot McCray said in a pre-vote statement issued by the county Thursday afternoon.
“It is still most beneficial to call 911 so that our trained call-takers can obtain important information quickly, but in certain circumstances this is a valuable alternative to using the phone,” he said.
The new system will also be capable of giving dispatchers exact addresses from which 911 calls originate. This feature can pinpoint the location of landlines and smartphones, and will give some location information for all devices.
“The new 911 system’s mapping system will get emergency help to individuals regardless of if they are aware of their current location or not,” McCray said.
The system eventually will accept photos by text message of emergency situations or crimes in progress, the county said.