Every 911 Call Will Be Tracked By GPS By 2018

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The FCC plans to mandate that all cell phones include GPS technology by 2018 in order to facilitate 911 call tracking, Courthouse News Service reports.Currently, a 911 caller’s location must be derived from signal triangulation between cell towers, which can be very imprecise.

Even without the mandate, the FCC estimates that 85% of cell phones will have GPS capabilities by 2018 anyway.

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