Apple has today announced a brand-new life-saving feature coming in iOS 12. The feature automatically shares the location of the emergency with 911.
Those who are iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location with first responders. After updating to the next generation software, iOS 12. This will cut response times and provide more detailed and accurate information.
According to Apple in a press release, announcing this new feature. Approximately 80% of 911 calls today come from mobile devices, but landline-era infrastructure is outdated and often makes it difficult for 911 response centres to accurately and quickly get the callers location.
Back in 2015, Apple launched Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) which estimated the caller’s location using cell towers and on-device data sources such as Wi-Fi Access Points and GPS (Global Positioning System).
Apple is announcing that starting in iOS 12 the Tech Giant will begin using RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline. Which will quickly and securely share HELO location data with call centers. 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.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO; said:
“Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,”
As always, Apple continues its stance on privacy. The company says that data cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose. Only the responding 911 center will have access to the user’s location during the emergency call.