IOS 12 Will Share Precise Location Data For 911 Calls

23 June, 2018, 00:05 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
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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 National Emergency Number Association says that of the 240 million calls made to 911 each year, over 80 percent are made from mobile phones.

Some background: While 911 services have been able to locate landline users for decades, cell phone location is much more hard to determine, causing delays for emergency responders. The entire process is automatic and secure, and it's based on Apple technology that has existed for a few years now. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance".

Nashville will be one of the first cities in the country to use Apple data for emergencies.

Dispatchers will still ask callers the location of their emergency, but they'll be able to verify it faster, he said. With the release of iOS 12, very precise location details for emergency calls will be a standard feature. The good news is that it will only do so in emergency situations such as during a 911 call. It states that carriers must "locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021".

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Apple has announced a major change in the way its emergency calling system in the USA works.

The company says that location data is gathered from cell towers, as well as Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi Access Points to determine a caller's location which can then be shared using industry-standard protocols. HELO, as it's more commonly called, was first launched back in 2015, but it won't be the only technology Apple leverages in iOS 12's emergency sharing.

The success of the company Grayshift, which provides intelligence services access to information on seized smartphones, said people familiar with the matter, the forensics.

With the upcoming iOS 12 update, Apple worked with a startup called RapidSOS to improve this technology further. This is particularly noteworthy due to the age of the emergency infrastructure, as former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler pointed out.



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