Upcoming iOS 12 Will Share Emergency Location With 911 Services

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

For privacy, the user information collected can not be used for any non-emergency objective.

"Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal", Apple CEO Tim Cook said today. Apple will also use tools developed by the company RapidSOS to quickly share that data with 911 call centres.

Apple said the feature will build upon its existing HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) technology, which it launched in 2015.

But in recent years, about 80 percent of the 240 million 911 calls made annually have from mobile devices.




Apple unveiled the iOS 12 software upgrade at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. iOS 12 will be at the core of the next new iPhone (s) that likely will be announced in September.

The update is part of a partnership with RapidSOS, a technology company founded to make it easier for first responders to reach people in an emergency. Apparently, once iOS 12 arrives, Apple will be able to share a user's exact location. HELO works by estimating a 911 caller's location using cell towers and on-device data sources like Global Positioning System and WiFi Access Points. To address that situation, wireless operators for more than a decade have been working to meet the FCC's E911 requirements, which are created to deliver mobile users' locations to the "public safety answering points", or PSAPs, where 911 operators work. The FCC has ruled that by 2021, all cell phone carriers must be able to locate emergency callers within 165 feet, 80 percent of the time-but that's years away. "Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS", said Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 in a statement.

There's no doubt the new 911 system in the USA will benefit countless users each year.

In the telling of Apple and the government, the 9th Circuit mistakenly concluded that Apple acts as a distributor, selling apps directly to consumers who, in turn, remit payment to Apple.

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