Google teams up with T-Mobile on more accurate 911 location data

Google teams up with T-Mobile on more accurate 911 location data

Google teams up with T-Mobile on more accurate 911 location data

RapidSOS integrates with existing software at emergency centers in the U.S.to provide a faster, more accurate location with ELS.

About 240 million emergency calls are placed in the USA each year, with more than 80 percent coming from mobile devices, according to the National Emergency Number Association.

When you make a call to an emergency number, ELS takes data from your phone's GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network to provide more accurate location info to the 911 dispatcher.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo has been working with Google for four years to implement ELS.

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This is a huge problem, but luckily a new service is rolling out to all Android phones (running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher) in the US that will increase the accuracy of this system. The improved location is computed on the device and delivered directly to emergency service providers.

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Thoughts and prayers are nice, but they don't help in the ... You'll need an Android phone running 4.0 or later in order for ELS to work, but assuming you do, there's nothing you have to worry about. Launched in 2016, ELS has provided faster and more accurate location to emergency communications centers when an Android user places an emergency call in various countries around the world. As a user, you don't need to do anything, should you need it. This is very similar to the technology that Google Maps uses to get your location. Announced today, Google is launching ELS (Emergency Location Service) in the USA with RapidSOS, T-Mobile, and West in an effort to bring more accurate location to emergency call centers.

Hopefully, with this service in place, USA citizens will have similar success rates as other countries that already use ELS. Earlier in June, Apple's iOS 12 allows iPhone to share location with 911 operators and enable them to locate callers more accurately and quickly. This enabled fire crews to quickly report to the scene and take care of the fire - something that would have been exceptionally hard before ELS.

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