iPhone to get 911 location feature in update

Apple said they are adopting Advanced Mobile Location, a precise way for the phone to report the location of the caller to dispatchers


By EMS1 Staff

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple announced that they will implement a precise location feature in their next iPhone update.

Apple Insider reported that Apple plans to adopt Advanced Mobile Location, a technology that activates the phone’s GPS and Wi-Fi service and sends the precise location of the caller to dispatchers while an emergency call is being made.

The technology allows dispatchers to pinpoint a phone’s location within 50 yards or less, compared to the average cellphone location radius of around a mile.

The technology has been in use by U.K. cellphone carriers, and Google added support for the service to Android phones with the 9.0 update to Google Play Services.

 

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