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Most of the 911 emergency number is called by someone at the place of the emergency, which is the reason why figuring out where they are quickly is of vital importance. Apple already attempts to do that on the iPhone using the Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO), but more accuracy is required. With the release of iOS 12, very precise location information for emergency calls will be a standard feature.
As 9To5Mac reports, Apple is working with RapidSOS to offer the company’s Next-Generation 911 technology as a standard feature of iOS 12. During an emergency call, it will be privately and securely share precise location information with call-takers, dispatchers and first responders” by the software that the services already use. It does this, as you probably guessed, the use of the iPhone is easily available and data connection with the internet.
The technology is actually already available on the iPhone via the RapidSOS Beacon app. It only works with the participating jurisdictions, but provides a precise location as part of the conversation, and by the RapidSOS Next Generation 911 Clearinghouse.
By embracing this technology and creating a standard, Apple is actually the compliance of FCC rule expected to be in operation in 2021. It states that carriers must “locate callers to within 50 meters in at least 80 percent of the time by 2021.”
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We expect that iOS of 12 to launch in the autumn, and with all iPhones from the iPhone 5s over the iPhone X will make use of the RapidSOS system during an emergency.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.