- A report sent to a newspaper by a correspondent.
- A message, often military or diplomatic, sent by secure means and quickly to the recipient.
is a form of logistics
as used in the taxi
and courier industries and for emergency services
, whereby clients are matched to vehicles according to the order in which clients called and the proximity of vehicles to each client's pick-up location. Telephone operators take calls from clients, then either enter the client's information into a computer or write it down and give it to a dispatcher. In the first scenario, a central computer then communicates with the mobile data terminal
located in each vehicle (see computer assisted dispatch
); in the second, the dispatcher communicates with the driver of each vehicle via two-way radio.
In many countries, Emergency services are accessed by dialling a distinctive emergency telephone number.