Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why It's Better to Text Than Call in a Mass Emergency

Why It's Better to Text Than Call in a Mass Emergency: [caption id="attachment_11753" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Credit: (C) MotoEd/iStockphoto"] [/caption]Today at BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker has a fascinating Q&A with communications engineer and entrepreneur Brough Turner about how mobile-phone networks respond to sudden spikes in call volume, as occurred April 15 in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Mobile phones are everywhere, but beyond spotting the odd cell tower here and there, few of us understand how they connect up to the rest of the world, and the Turner Q&A does a nice job of breaking down the complex infrastructure in simple terms. [More]