Apple will automatically share emergency locations with 911 dispatchers

Apple will automatically share emergency locations with 911 dispatchers

To protect the caller's privacy, the data is encrypted from end to end, so only the 911 center can see the caller's location, says Reinhard Ekl, vice president of product and public safety at RapidSOS.

As Apple points out in its press release, 80% of all 911 calls today are made from phones.

Apple's upcoming iOS 12 update could help save your life. Both the OSes are now available in beta version and will be rolled out to respective smartphones later this year. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance".

This isn't Apple's first emergency feature. It will see the location of US iPhone users shared with dispatch responders during 911 calls.

In 2015, Apple launched an initiative called HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), which estimates a mobile 911 caller's location by using cell towers and on-device data sources such as Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is partnering with RapidSOS, a New York-based emergency technology company, to integrate the ability to receive iPhone locations into 911 call centers' existing software.

The update is expected to roll out later this year as part of iOS 12, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system.

The current 911 system in the United States was created at a time when most folks used landlines, making it easier for call operators to pinpoint locations.

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said "lives will be saved". The new feature aims to expedite that process by automatically sharing location data. Furthermore, this feature can not be accessed for non-emergency calls. The agency has mandated that all mobile carriers allow 911 centers to identify a location within 50 meters of a person 80 percent of the time by 2021.

The success of the company Grayshift, which provides intelligence services access to information on seized smartphones, said people familiar with the matter, the forensics.

The case could impact the multibillion-dollar app ecosystem, and efforts by companies like Apple to establish a so-called "walled garden" for software on their devices.

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