APCO Releases 9-1-1 Apps Fact Sheet, White Paper

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International has released a fact sheet and white paper on mobile apps and 911. “The 9-1-1 network is trusted, reliable, secure, and separate from the networks that handle ordinary calls and wireless data connections to the Internet.  As illustrated in the Fact Sheet and White Paper, while apps hold great promise for improving public safety and emergency response, much work remains to ensure they are sufficiently secure and reliable, especially with respect to the 9-1-1 system,” APCO said in a news release. The paper said, “Mobile apps are not ready to replace calling 9-1-1,” adding that “for the foreseeable future, placing a voice call to 9-1-1 will remain the best way to get help.”