Google’s emergency location service feature could save lives in US!

Google had first announced about the Emergency Location Services (ELS) feature in 2016. However, recently, Google has made partnership with RapidSOS and T-Mobile earlier this year. This clearly seems to be a huge step forward, in launching the feature this month.

Basically, with ELS, the Android phones would share your precise location when you call 911 in the United States. According to the stats from the National Emergency Number Association most 911 calls come from cell phones. Thanks to Google’s new partnerships and the GPS capabilities now we can share exact location along with the Emergency dispatchers.

How Emergency location service in android works?

ELS is available on all Android devices.(Provided you have version 4.0 or above.) You don’t have to get a separate app or an OS upgrade in order to use it.

ELS indoor and outdoor location data relies on a combination of GPS, WI-FI, Mobile networks and sensors. Basically, without even going through the Google Servers, the location gets shared with the services.

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Other Countries that are benefited –

ELS have helped citizens in few of the countries like Austria, New Zealand, UK and Estonia. Now ELS has partnered with RapidSOS AND T-Mobiles. Thus, Unites States is the next country in the list which is going to be benefited by ELS. For the US Virgin Islands, Google is partnering with emergency tech firm West and local wireless provider Viya.

Google conducted various tests to provide better location information for emergency calls and finally has launched this feature in US. Any Android user in a RAPIDSOS-covered area and T-Mobile customers would be able to use ELS. This is regardless of their carrier.

According to The vergeRapidSOS is used in over 1,000 emergency-centers and covers over 100 million Americans.’
If a T-Mobile mobile customer is also in a RapidSOS covered area, both would be able to send the location to the Emergency-center. This is because their channels are separate.

As cnet points out the following –
Google said testing of technology earlier this year showed the system reduced the average radius of the area in with a caller may be located from 522 feet to 122 feet , which results in shorter response times in critical situations.’

What about Apple users?

Well don’t worry. There’s some good news for all the Apple users.

Apple rolls out iOS 12, the first version of iOS to enable ELS for iPhone users.
Apple announced the Emergency-call-location feature in June and is also partnering with RapidSOS.

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