Are IP phone lines as reliable as the old tech in emergencies?
During a disaster, digital records, messaging, even social media are all pretty handy.
Only a handful of texts were sent to 911.
One of the hardest things to do in the wake of a disaster is communicate. Now researchers in Boston have a plan to address that with something called an ad-hoc network.
On the face of it, it sounds crazy: Your house or apartment is on fire, and rather than phoning the emergency services, you tweet them. But that is what the London Fire Brigade is mulling over.