Apple’s iOS 12 Update Set To Improve 911 Emergency Calls
Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”
iOS Help On The Way
With Apple’s new iOS 12 update, set to come out later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. who call 911 will automatically have their location data securely shared with first responders in an effort to reduce emergency response times in an effort to improve the overall outcome.
Nearly 80% of 911 come from mobile devices, and with landline-era infrastructure still in place, accurately locating a mobile caller’s location can be difficult for 911 centers. In 2015, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) which uses cell towers and on-device data sources such as GPS and WiFi Access Points to estimate a mobile 911 callers location, in order to help improve the challenge. Looking to improve 911 response time, Apple will now also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline along with HELO to improve the 911 centers response time.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal. When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”
With these improvements, Apple is keeping a focus on privacy so that user data will not be used for any non-emergency purpose. The 911 responding center will only have access to the user’s location during the duration of an emergency call.
Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 stated, “This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety. Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS.”
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