Your iPhone will soon share your location when 911 is called

Your iPhone will soon share your location when 911 is called

Your iPhone will soon share your location when 911 is called

Apple has announced a new emergency calling feature for iOS 12, which wasn't revealed at WWDC two weeks ago. The location data, Apple said, can't be used for nonemergency purposes and will be accessible only to the 911 centre during an emergency call. The company's Hybridized Emergency Location system (called HELO) launched in 2015 and uses cell towers and data from the phone, such as GPS and Wi-Fi access points, to location users.

Local 911 call centers will receive a precise location that is triangulated using nearby cell towers, WiFi access points and the device's own Global Positioning System signal.

The Cupertino, Calif. -based company announced Monday that its forthcoming iOS 12 will automatically share a 911 caller's location with dispatchers, allowing for "faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times".

'When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance'.

"The FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80% of the time by 2021", Apple noted in its press release on the news.

iPhones will automatically send your location data to emergency call centers. Because it relies on modern location technologies, AML was said to be considerably more accurate in pinpointing an emergency victim's location than prior solutions and able to shave precious seconds or minutes off of response times.

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Apple is trying to solve a potentially unsafe emergency response infrastructure problem.

That's going to change when iOS 12 makes its debut later this year.

As 9To5Mac reports, Apple partnered with RapidSOS to offer the company's Next Generation 911 technology as a standard feature of iOS 12. It does this, as you've probably guessed, using the iPhone's readily-available data connection to the internet. RapidSOS's technology integrates with 911 centers' existing software. He said he hopes other phone makers will follow Apple's lead.

To do this, Apple says iOS 12 will use two technologies.

'This is going to save a lot of lives, ' said Wheeler, now a visiting professor at Harvard University.

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