MikeL, thank you for your input. You seem very knowledgeable and eager to help others with this device! I have two quick questions I hope you or Virginia or another knowledgeable person might kindly answer - or share your thoughts on with regards to GT 5.x.x
Regarding the serving the common good and depending upon the viability of the common, being good stewards of the limited public ISM airwaves, the 6 hop relay function of 5.x, the emergency SOS beacon of 5.x.x, and the $29 discounted ($9) Gotenna Plus + SMS (simple message service) relay.
Please forgive me if I am ignorant or incorrect here… my understanding is limited, but if one were in an actual emergency and they triggered the SOS Beacon feature of 5.x.x, would it be accurate to say that the pre-programmed emergency message and gps location would be flooded out promiscuously to every node within 6 hops from the emergency origin?
Statistically speaking, if there is an emergency, such as a hurricane, tornado, tsunami, earthquake, wildfire… wouldn’t the likelihood of others in the vicinity having an emergency go up? Couldn’t this create a network storm effectively jamming the commons if a plurality of devices are each promiscuously flooding up to 6 nodes out?
Lastly, assuming the person with the emergency has gotten the discounted Gotenna Plus account at $9, if any of the devices receiving their SOS beacon still have wifi or cellular data, could they then relay e.g. by sms to 911 or emergency services? Or will the emergency message be constrained to the gotenna network only - and require the hospital /sheriff to have a gotenna mesh device? Or depend upon the goodwill of a recipient to initiate a direct call to 911 to manually relay the details? This option reminds me of the woman getting murdered in NYC and everyone sees and hears but assumes someone else will call the police or intercede…
Do you happen to have any input on this? Thank you, in advance, for your kindness.