County to map cell phone towers to aid first responders

Officials in York County, Pa., will spend $84,000 to verify the locations of more than 200 cell phone towers to make sure 911 calls from older mobile devices are tracked accurately, Sarah Rich writes in Government Technology.

The county depends on tower locations provided by cell phone companies, and 911 calls from older mobile phones that don’t have built-in GPS must be triangulated from the location of the towers to determine the location of those callers, the story said.

Incorrect information can delay first responders because they must rely on the location of the cell phone towers to find those callers, the article continued.

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