Apple Will Now Share Your Location With First Responders

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

Apple says RapidSOS has developed software that integrates with the existing infrastructure of many 911 centers, allowing operators to receive the emergency location data and understand it. The communications are encrypted end-to-end, so once the emergency call is completed 911 centers can no longer access location data from the caller's iPhone. But outdated systems make it hard for emergency call centres to pinpoint a mobile user's location, Apple said.

Starting this fall, if you have Apple's iOS 12 on your iPhone and you make a 911 call, your chances of getting help are set to improve.

Apple devices provide us with the best possible location on our smartphones every day.

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What Apple and RapidSOS are doing is essentially providing the aging service with a crutch so that it can continue doing its job.

Local 911 call centers will receive a precise location that is triangulated using nearby cell towers, WiFi access points and the device's own Global Positioning System signal.

iPhone users who dial 911 will soon be able to share their location with first responders, Apple announced Monday (June 18). The good news is that it will only do so in emergency situations such as during a 911 call.

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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 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.

911 telecommunicators do extraordinary work managing millions of emergencies with little more than a voice connection. With this update, all iPhone users calling 911 will also immediately send the call center their location. According to them, the experts have managed to crack fresh security feature from Apple that appeared in the beta version of the latest operating system iOS 12. "Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS", said Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 in a statement.

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