Mayor Promises New 9-1-1 System

(Chicago, IL) —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising a next-generation 9-1-1 police and fire dispatching system in the next three years that adopts the flexibility of social media.  Emanuel says the city will soon seek proposals for a computer-automated dispatch system that could receive texts, photos and even videos of crimes or other emergencies while they’re in progress.  The system will be in compliance with new federal rules that require systems to have ways to keep operating if the main computer fails. The new system will also accommodate the city’s network of 29-thousand public and private security cameras, the largest completely integrated network in the country.  The city didn’t offer a cost estimate, saying they hope to learn more from the bidding process.