Canada to launch 911 text message service

Canada’s 911 service is getting the text message treatment, and all major organizations are on board. 

On Thursday, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) announced its support of the decision, one that was initially made by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). This innovative new feature of the 911 service will serve as a major benefit to people across the country. 

This blog has discussed the advantages of quick emergency texts in the past, as they can help people in dangerous situations that don’t have the time to make a phone call. They also assist the hard of hearing and speech impaired, as it will be easier for dispatchers to help them in an emergency if they just have to send a text.

CWTA President & CEO Bernard Lord praised the decision to go forward with this initiative in a January 24 press release

“CWTA and its members applaud all parties involved for their dedication to improving safety for Canada’s DHHSI community,” Lord said. “Wireless service providers are always looking for ways to improve accessibility for Canadian consumers, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with community, government and other stakeholders in deploying this revolutionary safety tool.” 

There are many ways text alerts can be used to assist users, but protecting human life is of the utmost importance. The fact that so many organizations are putting their faith in SMS services to conduct tremendously important communication says a lot about the value of the function. Organizations can implement their own variations of text alert systems to enhance communication efficiency and reduce safety risks.

Swift SMS Gateway offers the tools needed to orchestrate effective emergency text message and launch SMS alert programs.