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Re: 911, was You're all over thinking this (was: Re: Vonage Selects TCS For VoIP E911 Service)
On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 02:01:33PM +0100, Michael.Dillon@btradianz.com wrote: > > This whole "single number" hype should end anyway. > > In Russia it is simple, there are three numbers: > > 01 - Fire Service > 02 - Police > 03 - Ambulance/Medical response > > Easy to remember especially because the number is written > in large figures on the side of every emergency response > vehicle. You could even retrofit these numbers into other > countries because they are two digit numbers. Personally, I assert that that's bad design for two reasons: 1) they're too *short*: they pre-empt too much dialling pattern space, and they're hard to recognize as what they are, compared for example to 9-1-1 and 1-1-2. 2) it shouldn't, in general, be the place of *someone reporting an emergency* to have to decide what kind of response they want. In the US, for example, medical emergencies are often first-responded by firefighter-paramedics, because there's a firestation closer than the nearest ambulance. There's no way a caller could know what's closer... Cheers, -- jr 'ah... *telecom* :-)' a -- Jay R. Ashworth firstname.lastname@example.org Designer Baylink RFC 2100 Ashworth & Associates The Things I Think '87 e24 St Petersburg FL USA http://baylink.pitas.com +1 727 647 1274 "...the rough cannot be mean and the love cannot be true, and that's as wise as I can get at 10 o'clock in the morning." -- Bill Shatner, on being an anti-hero.