IOS 12 Will Share Precise Location Details on 911 Calls

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

If you're anxious about privacy, Apple reassures that only the responding 911 center will have access to your location, and that your information can't be used for non-emergency purposes.

"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.

Now when a 911 center receives a call from a device using RapidSOS's technology, the dispatcher's software asks the RapidSOS database for more data.

Apple's announcement adds to a growing trend of making location recognition from mobile phones easier for both individuals and those responding to 911 calls.

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

Apple is set to launch the next major version of iOS later this year with new digital health features, ARKit 2, and more. The new feature aims to expedite that process by automatically sharing location data.

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The FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021. This is a new feature in iOS 12, which is coming later this fall.

The company's HELO (Hybridised Emergency Location) previously estimated a mobile 911 caller's location using cell towers and on-device data sources, such as Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi Access Points.

With the upcoming iOS 12 update, Apple worked with a startup called RapidSOS to improve this technology further.

"The device is recognizing that as an emergency call, and it is calculating a very accurate location, and it is transmitting it via us", Martin said. The stakes here are also certainly high, given that e-commerce sales hit $452 billion in the US last year, according to USA government estimates cited by Reuters.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up Apple Inc's bid to escape a lawsuit accusing it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to pay more than they should.

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