This Critical 911 Feature in iOS 12 Could Save Your Life

Apple Emergency Phone Feature

Given that 80 percent of 911 calls are now being placed on mobile devices, providing responders with as much information possible about a person's location is critical.

Back 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 Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi Access Points. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance".

An estimated 80 percent of roughly 240 million emergency calls in the US this year will come from mobile phones, most of which are capable of precisely tracking where their users are.

Apple this morning announced a new feature in iOS 12 which will automatically share your location with first responders when USA users dial 911 using their iPhone.

About 80 percent of 911 calls are made from mobile phones, according to Apple.

"iOS location services are capable of exceeding this requirement today, even in challenging, dense, urban environments", Apple said.




In fact, according to the FCC as many as 10,000 lives could be saved each year if the improved system allowed emergency respondors to arrive just one minute quicker. Typically, the new version of Apple's mobile operating system is release to the public during September, and that should hold true for iOS 12 as well. We'll find out more when iOS 12 launches later this year, so stay tuned.

When the feature becomes available, 'Apple phones will send fast and accurate device location to the NG911 Clearinghouse when a user dials 9-1-1, ' RapidSOS explained in a blog post.

Apple on Monday announced that it will use RapidSOS's Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to quickly and securely share HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) data with 911 centers. It will see the location of US iPhone users shared with dispatch responders during 911 calls.

iPhone users will be able to automatically share their location with 911 operators in the event of an emergency.

RapidSOS's technology integrates with existing software installed at many 911 centers, which is how they'll receive the data.

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