LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Columbiana County Commissioners are looking to make their 911 system better with cutting edge technology, but the change won’t come cheap.
If approved, the upgrade could mean extra security and smart phone technology that would accept text messages, photographs and videos sent from cell phones and other electronic devices.
To increase the operational security of the county’s 911 system, it will be linked to another system in southern Ohio, which will allow services to continue to work even if the local 911 center is down. Calls would still be routed through one of five 911 dispatching centers in the county.
To be approved, local government leaders that represent at least 60 percent of the county’s population must approve the change.
Columbiana County 911 advisory committee members told the Morning Journal they hope to hear back from local leaders before the end of April.
The state is encouraging counties to switch to this new system, which could cost $743,000.