Apple's iOS 12 securely and automatically shares emergency location with 911

Apple's iOS 12 securely and automatically shares emergency location with 911

Apple's iOS 12 securely and automatically shares emergency location with 911

Now, though, more than 80% of 911 calls are made on cell phones in many parts of the country, according to the National Emergency Number Association. Apple introduced HELO in 2015, which estimates a mobile 911 caller's location using cell towers and data sources like Global Positioning System and WiFi Access Points. When iOS 12 becomes available, Apple will use a technology called RapidSOS to quickly and securely share HELO data with 911 operators.

"Communities rely on 911 centres 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'.

"911 telecommunicators do extraordinary work managing millions of emergencies with little more than a voice connection".

Apple announced today the new feature - which will be USA -only at launch and available on iPhone 5 models and newer - would make it so that a caller's location will be automatically and even more precisely shared with first responders.

We expect iOS 12 to launch in the fall, and with it all iPhones from the iPhone 5s through to the iPhone X will use the RapidSOS system during emergency calls.

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Bottom line: Apple has announced a new feature arriving in iOS 12 that has the potential to save lives.

Apple is trying to solve a potentially unsafe emergency response infrastructure problem.

A new patent awarded to Apple has technology for the iPhone to send 911 responders to the emergency location.

Some centers already have the compatible software, according to Apple, but others will have to install upgrades to their existing software.

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said "lives will be saved".

The new iOS 12 feature aims to get accurate location data to first-responders more quickly, cutting emergency response times.

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