If you are eagerly waiting for iOS 12 update then let us give you one more reason to upgrade your Apple device with iOS 12 as soon as possible. Know that its beta version is already launched and can be only accessed by Apple’s developer account.
In our previous post, we have discussed top iOS 12 features which you shouldn’t miss. Anyways here we will tell you about a superb feature of iOS 12 that you would love to know especially if you live in the USA.
iOS 12 will soon get an upgrade that will let the iPhone users share their location data automatically with 911.
This helps to reduce emergency response time by providing more accurate information at lightning fast speed.
This is very useful as more than 80% calls come from mobile devices but traditional landline infrastructure often lacks many things which generally make one step difficult for 911 to quick response even they also struggle to get the exact location.
To deal with this problem Apple introduced HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) in 2015. This is an advanced technology that estimates the caller’s information using on-device sources like Wi-Fi Access Points, GPS and in case any data connection is available then it will use cell towers.
Today Apple announced that it will use RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol’s (emergency technology company) data pipeline to securely and quickly share HELO location data with 911 centers.
This will simply help the 911 centers to respond even more quickly when lives and property are at risk. RapidSOS system will be integrated with existing software of 911 so that it can quickly deliver the already fetched location without any delay.
“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.”
Apple’s policy states that user data cannot be shared for any non-emergency purpose. So to take it to another level user’s location data can be only accessed by responding 911 center. Other 911 centers can’t access the data.
“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.”
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) instructs all the carries to track the callers within 50 meters at least 80% of the time by 2021.
iOS location services are already surpassing the term even in dense, challenging, urban environments. iOS 12 allows the users to take benefit of this service that other may get 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.”
“This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety,” said Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017. “Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS.”
“Helping 911 services quickly and accurately assess caller location has been a major issue since my time at the FCC,” said Dennis Patrick, FCC Chairman from 1987 to 1989. “This advancement from Apple and RapidSOS will be transformative for emergency response in the United States.”
Apple keeps surprising us with their revolutionary products. From Macintosh to iPhone to iPad to Apple Watch every product is innovative and revolutionary. Now, this upcoming feature again creates a buzz.
For most of us this might a small feature but this small feature makes a big difference to the person who is in an emergency situation. If you are agreeing with us then feel free to share this news with your friends.