Okaloosa County using GPS technology to locate 911 callers faster


SHALIMAR — Emergency communication centers and responders in Okaloosa County are using “groundbreaking” new technology to locate 911 calls faster. 

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Communications Unit integrated what3words technology with its emergency response data platform RapidSOS in May, and within the first few weeks of operation the system was used multiple times to rapidly locate 911 callers in distress, according to an OCSO news release. 

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Chris Sheldrick, co-founder and CEO of what3words, said in the release that his team is “humbled” to see the technology being used to save lives. 

“It’s exciting to hear that the Okaloosa County…

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