Bridging the disaster

The Defense Department is making available for licensing a technology for coordinating three-way calls between a cell phone user, a 911 dispatcher and emergency personnel. When a cell phone user calls 911, the wireless network provides the user's automatic location identification information to both locate the user and to find the phone number of local emergency responders. The system then sets up a three-way call.

For further information contact: Joan Gilsdorf, patent attorney, [email protected], (256) 955-3213; Susan D. McRae, Office of Research and Technology Applications, [email protected], (256) 955-1501.

About the Author

Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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