Global Briefing: Feb. 25, 2002

Dialing 911 for Profits

The FCC has ruled that every cell phone should have Enhanced 911 (or E911) service as a way to pinpoint the location of anyone who calls the emergency line--a mandate that gained urgency following the Sept. 11 tragedies. Global Locate, a San Jose, Calif., company that creates global-positioning-system technology, could benefit from the upgrade. The company has developed a chip (above, next to a standard microchip), about half the size of a fingernail, that can transmit a cell phone's location to the police and authorized callers (your buddy list) with GPS. What's more, the signal continues to...

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