Apple recently announced that a new feature in the iOS 12 will be able to share your precise location automatically if you ever have to call 911. This feature will only be available in the U.S. as of now during this fall. Apple said that this new functionality will aim to cut down the emergency response times by standardizing the process of information gathering.
The current 911 system, created by AT&T in the 1960s, was proposed for landline telephones, which have fixed addresses. Apple reported that around 80 percent of emergency calls in the U.S. come from mobile devices, nevertheless, “outdated” infrastructure has made it troublesome for the 911 centers to rapidly get a caller’s location, as they can only obtain their estimated location based on cell towers. The new functionality will build upon its existing HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) technology, which it launched in 2015. The location data will only be used for emergency purposes, and only accessible to the first responders.
The new functionality will be fueled by RapidSOS’s IP-based information pipeline, which will rapidly and safely give 911 call centers Hybridized Emergency Location information, which is ascertained in light of the proximity to cell towers and Wi-Fi access points, and on-device information sources like assisted GPS. The modern technology is part of a broader initiative known as Next Generation 911. This built-in feature will be an example of how the organizations and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety and protect property.