LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Emergency response in Michigan is expected to be enhanced in the coming years so the 911 system can receive text messages, video clips and digital photos.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/UjoROV ) Wednesday that the upgraded system, known as Next Generation 911, could be in wide use across Michigan by 2017.
Harriet Miller-Brown is Michigan's 911 administrator. She says the current 911 network was built on the landline phone system, but with the increasing use of mobile phones changes are needed to keep pace. She says Next Generation 911 improves the ability to get emergency calls from various devices.
The updates would make it easier for people to alert authorities about emergencies and provide critical information to first responders, such as real-time images from accident scenes.