European VoIP 911 Perspective

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European VoIP 911 Perspective

Here is a comment Tom Keating received on his VoIP Blog -- a European perspective on 911 and VoIP:

I fail to understand all this fuss, or better, with my European and Italian frame of mind, I understand it in the sense it is a nice way to slow down the use of VoIP.

I think the solution would be much easier than what it looks.
We talk about "dumb network" and "smart devices at the ends", it shouldn't be impossible to use the intelligence of the device to be able to configure for example your IP phone to send together with the IP number (which can change in a case of a dynamic IP) also the name and address of the owner.
And in the case of an owner who has more than one location it could be programmable with 2 or 3 addresses and a feature that allows us to change address whenever one has the need.

Besides, everything will be solved when we finally will all have a static IP (hopefully very soon with IPv6).
That would also solve other problems like spamming, since the Internet user would be traceable.

And I wouldn't agree that 911 saved all those lives.
We do not have it and still it doesn't look like the death range is much higher...

I guess it is more a psychological issue.

I also think that in most cases when you are able to dial a number you should also be able to say your name and location.



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