Send SMS, MMS or stream video to 911?

FCC is looking at letting US citizens report crimes through text messages and even stream video from their mobile phones to emergency centers. According to the article, America’s 911 handles more than 230 million calls a year – 70 percent of which come from mobile phones.
And since all mobile phone allows SMS, why not let people report crime using SMS or MMS? Or even better, stream video of the crime happening so that it can help the police can get a clearer picture.
I know there are concerns that the service might be abused. You can always charge people who misuse the emergency SMS/MMS/video streaming. The pros outweighs the cons. It is always useful to provide more options for citizen to get help in case of emergency. You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need emergency assistance but can’t talk on the phone. (Maybe because talking on the phone will endanger your life)
I think it’s a good move by FCC. I always thought we could do that already.
Here in Singapore, our Singapore Police Force have a 70999 SMS service for emergency services. But this service is only for the members of the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired community. The mobile phone must be pre-registered with the SPF before it can use 70999 to make an emergency report.
Come to think of it, perhaps SPF should look into extending this 70999 SMS service to everyone. You’ll never know when a SMS can save somebody’s life.

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