Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Apple to use RapidSOS tech to deliver more accurate 911 location info

Apple to use RapidSOS tech to deliver more accurate 911 location info

However, Apple said that with the new feature, "user data can not be used for any non-emergency goal and only the responding 911 center will have access to the user's location during an emergency call".

Apple's competitors have similarly experimented with getting users' location data to 911 call centers. In addition, the company will use emergency technology company RapidSOS's Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to share location data with centres securely. However, 80 percent of 911 calls are now made on cell phones, according to the National Emergency Number Association.

The feature is created to give first responders faster and more accurate information, helping to reduce the time it takes for emergency services to arrive.

AT&T said in a statement Monday, "We are exceeding the FCC's requirements and working as an industry to implement improvements in 911 location accuracy for all our customers".

Apple is set to launch the next major version of iOS later this year with new digital health features, ARKit 2, and more.

As Apple revealed at WWDC 2018, iOS 12 is getting a lot of handy new features, but one in particular could be a real life saver.

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The tricky part isn't finding out where a caller is - Apple has been using its hybrid location technology since 2015 - but relaying that information to a fragmented and aging 911 system built for landlines.

The main objective of this added functionality is obvious, as it aims to lessen emergency response times by smooth-running the process of gathering information from the 911 caller. The new Siri feature is based around "Shortcuts", which allows the voice assistant to allow people to do things far more quickly on their phone.

With the upcoming iOS 12 update, Apple worked with a startup called RapidSOS to improve this technology further.

Wheeler also told CNN that the current 911 system in the United States is 50 years old as of this year.

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