As Nova Scotia’s 911 emergency telephone service enters its 10th year of operation, plans are in the works to upgrade call-taking equipment with an entirely new operating system. Provincewide introduction of the 911 system took place nine years ago on July 7. As part of the province’s commitment to leading edge 911 technology, the new 911 operating system will be upgraded later this fall to allow the introduction of many enhanced features including provincewide digital mapping. “Since 1997, 911 has been a top-quality emergency telephone service upon which Nova Scotians can rely,” said Ernest Fage, Minister of Emergency Management. “This life-saving service is important to all Nova Scotians. That’s why it’s imperative that we continue to improve our system and stay current as technologies advance.” Officials at the Emergency Management Office as well as management and staff of the 911 centres in Nova Scotia said the anniversary is also a good time to remind the public how advancements in telecommunications technology can impact 911 service. With so many options for phone service now available, it is important for people to understand that there are limitations in how these new technologies align with conventional 911 service. “Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) transmits calls over the Internet and is a technology that is beginning to be more widely used. It can have an effect on an individual’s level of 911 service,” said John Webber, manager of the largest 911 centre in the province. Numerous companies provide VOIP service. One of the selling features is that a person can take their phone out of their home, to their office, or anywhere across the country. But, Mr. Webber said, customers need to know that the trade-off for this enhanced portability is that their 911 call may no longer route to the closest 911 centre, as with conventional phones. “Callers must be prepared to provide additional location information and a call back number. If the caller does not know this vital information, it can limit our ability to respond to the 911 call,” Mr. Webber said. EMO officials recommend that individuals take a buyer-beware-attitude. They should ask questions and consider their safety when choosing from the many phone options that are now available.
The UK’s new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market rose 46.3% in the second quarter of 2019, with 15,605 units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A number of large orders ahead of the mandatory fitment of Smart Tachographs gave a further boost to registrations and following a strong first quarter of the year.Registrations of rigid trucks grew by 51.9%, with both the >6-16T and >16T segments experiencing growth. Meanwhile, demand for articulated vehicles also rose, up a significant 38.1% to 6,031 units.The majority of body types saw a rise in registrations, including Tractors, the most popular segment, with demand growing 34.0%. Tanker truck and tower wagon registrations have more than doubled since Q2 2018, up by 109.3% and 111.1% respectively.Year-to-date figures painted a similar picture, with the market growing by 34.3% to 27,464 units registered so far this year. Both rigid truck and articulated vehicle registrations saw significant growth, with 33.5% and 35.3% respectively, while tractors and tippers remained the most popular HGV.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,A second strong quarter for truck registrations is certainly welcome news, however the swell in market size is undoubtedly due to operators choosing to expand their fleet ahead of the introduction of additional regulation. This significant performance means we may see the market level out throughout the second half of the year, especially given the role ongoing political and economic uncertainty could play in deterring further commitments to big fleet purchases.Notes to EditorsFrom January 2019 SMMT offers an enhanced MVRIS data service to its members. SMMT will continue to publish data on a quarterly basis, enabling us to better reflect the long-term trends in these low volume markets and offer clearer insight and analysis. To ensure the most accurate data is published, 2019 HGV figures compare SMMT MVRIS data with DVLA data for 2018.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK new heavy goods vehicle registrations rise by 46.3% in Q2 as operators pull forward purchases ahead of new regulation.Growing demand for Rigid and Artic trucks, up 51.9% and 38.1% respectively.Tractors remain most popular body type, growing 34.0%, while tanker truck and tower wagon registrations double.Year-to-date registrations rise 34.3% with total 27,464 units registered so far in 2019.