Apple Announces iOS 12 Will Share Your Emergency Location With 911

Apple Announces iOS 12 Will Share Your Emergency Location With 911

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Apple announced today that devices running iOS 12 will securely and automatically share their emergency location with 911.

The company notes that about 80% of 911 calls come from mobile devices but outdated infrastructure often makes it difficult for 911 centers to obtain a caller's location. In 2015, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) which estimates a mobile 911 caller’s location using cell towers and on-device data sources like GPS and WiFi Access Points. Today, Apple revealed it will also use 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.

“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.”

The company says user data cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose and only the responding 911 center will have access to the user’s location during an emergency call.

“911 telecommunicators do extraordinary work managing millions of emergencies with little more than a voice connection,” said RapidSOS CEO, Michael Martin. “We are excited to work with Apple to provide first responders a new path for accurate, device-based caller location using transformative Next Generation 911 technology.”

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.

“We’re thrilled that Apple is giving 911 centers access to device-based location data via a thoroughly-tested, standards-based approach,” said Rob McMullen, President of the National Emergency Number Association, the 911 Association. “This will accelerate the deployment of Next Generation 911 for everyone, saving lives and protecting property.”

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Apple Announces iOS 12 Will Share Your Emergency Location With 911

1reader - June 18, 2018 at 1:19pm
Now all you need to find someone’s location is a rogue 911 agent who calls that phone and he can see that location
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