Apple will automatically share the location of 911 callers in iOS 12

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

That program, launched in 2015, uses cell towers and Wi-Fi access points to determine a 911 caller's approximate location. He said that not all callers in an emergency situation are able to articulate their location due to medical distress or being in a situation where speaking could put them in danger.

More than 240 million 911 calls are made each year, handled in the U.S.by around 6,000 call centers managing 25,000 different software systems. Current positioning estimates can be hundreds of yards wide.

Getting medical attention in the first 60-minutes after a traumatic injury is key to preventing death. In a 2014 report, the FCC estimated inadequate location information leads to more than 10,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Developers set prices for their own products, Apple says, and pay Apple a 30 percent fee for acting as their agents. The challenge was finding the ways to work with all of those systems without slowing down responses or overloading dispatchers with information. RapidSOS's IP-based data pipeline will immediately and securely share HELO location data with 911 centers, improving response times and consequently the chances of saving more lives. In addition to location data, RapidSOS might have other data like a person's medical records.

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Bottom line: Apple has announced a new feature arriving in iOS 12 that has the potential to save lives. The communications center receives 70 to 80 percent of its 911 calls through wireless devices. RapidSOS already makes an app that can be downloaded and used to share location data with first responders, but it will bring that technology directly into the iPhone so that an additional app won't be needed to give an exact location when calling 911. Unfortunately, restrictions to AML differ per country. It works in 14 countries, but not in the U.S. yet.

Those over on Google's Android have had access to the company's Emergency Location Service (ELS) feature since the release of its Ice Cream Sandwich update back in 2012.

However, some USA security officials remain concerned about: they believe that the company Grayshift deliberately stirs interest in its developments, but it still failed to solve the problems with unobstructed access to the iPhone. How do you feel about automatically sharing your location data with emergency services?

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