PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Cellular phone users in Lamar County may be able to text 911 on their phones by the end of the year.
The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1jY1sNw ) it also means that those receiving emergency requests and dispatching first responders to them will have to be able to receive text, pictures and videos.
And that means system upgrades, like the one discussed Monday morning during the Lamar County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Administrator Chuck Bennett told supervisors that the county was looking at $425,000 to rig its new, soon-to-be-constructed dispatch center with the appropriate equipment to handle the technology.
Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com