Why NOT packetchat? :-)
There are lots of reasons!
As technology becomes more embedded in our lives, we take the basics for granted. Did you know:
Emergency responders, community volunteers, church groups, and relief organizations often need a way to transmit data over radio, not just voice. In fact, a noisy, squaking radio can be a detriment to health and safety during a crisis.
- Cell towers are over-subscribed as much as 70 phones to each radio channel.
- Twitter and Facebook - have become the de facto primary means of emergency communication for MOST public safety agencies.
- All social media today requires some kind of a paid data carrier WITH Internet access. What happens when that goes down?
- Text messages convey data consistently.
- Voice messages tend to be slow and error-prone.
- Cell towers are often failed or over-loaded during crisis.
- People in crisis are often hyper-sensitive to sound, and may react badly to hearing responder radio traffic.
- Location and presence information are easier to share over text.
- Messages are recorded and not lost. If you weren't present when the message was received, you can scroll back and see previous messages.
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