Magazine article USA TODAY

Changing the Way People Cry "Help!" (Cellular Emergency Call Boxes)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Changing the Way People Cry "Help!" (Cellular Emergency Call Boxes)

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The mobility, portability, and ease of installation of cellular emergency call boxes are changing the way Americans cry "Help!" They are allowing emergency response teams to be in constant communication with people needing assistance, no matter how remote the area from which they are phoning.

Cellular call boxes are being put in areas where installation costs have prohibited the utilization of hardwire call boxes. These include cities where concrete increases installation expense, thus precluding hardwire phones, and rural areas where existing phone lines are inaccessible. With the elimination of phone line and installation limitations, more calls for help can be placed and public emergency personnel can be more effective. Cellular call boxes also are benefiting ski resorts and private and Federal organizations--such as universities, parks, and recreational areas--that are responsible for security within a large geographical area and can not incur the costly installation of hardwire call boxes across that expanse.

Cellular call boxes can be installed immediately without costly digging and trenching. Moreover, as traffic patterns change, the devices can be moved to a new location in just minutes. …

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