iOS 12 Will Share Your Location with 911 During an Emergency Call
Apple has announced a new feature for iOS 12 where your location will be shared with 911 if you call for an emergency.
iOS 12 Will Safely and Securely Share Your Location with 911 if You Call for an Emergency
When an emergency strikes and you end up calling 911, telling the address can become a painful process especially if the situation is extremely dire. With iOS 12, Apple is hoping to make things a tad bit simpler. See, when iOS 12 is released later this year, and if there’s an emergency at your end forcing you to call 911, your location will be shared with the authorities safely and securely using Apple’s HELP (Hybridized Emergency Location) and RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol data pipeline. This way, the authorities know immediately where you are, giving them the quickest route to get to you without having to ask you for your address.
Apple today announced it will also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to quickly and securely share HELO location data with 911 centers, improving response time when lives and property are at risk. RapidSOS’s system will deliver the emergency location data of iOS users by integrating with many 911 centers’ existing software, which rely on industry-standard protocols.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also added to the announcement by saying the following:
“Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”
In case you’re wondering how accurate this location information will be when shared with the authorities:
The FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021. iOS location services are capable of exceeding this requirement today, even in challenging, dense, urban environments. This new feature allows Apple to make these benefits available to local 911 centers now rather than years from now.
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