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Politics & Government
Wed November 7, 2012
Michigan could get enhanced 911 system
Michigan may be getting an enhanced 911 system.
The system known as Next Generation 911 could be in widespread use in the state by 2017.
Emergency dispatchers can already identify where landline and cellphone calls originate.
But Michigan's 911 administrator says changing technology is driving an upgrade of the system.
The new system would let people send text messages, digital photos and videos in real time to alert authorities to emergencies and provide critical information to first responders.
A report from the Michigan 911 Committee says the number of emergency calls coming from cell phones and services like Skype are rising exponentially.