iOS 12 will share your location with first responders when you call 911

If you’re an iPhone user, the upcoming iOS 12 has a safety feature you might be interested in. If you’re ever in trouble and call 911, Apple has announced that your phone will automatically share its location data with first responders.

According to CNET, this feature has been in the works since 2015 when Apple launched HELO, or Hybridized Emergency Location. HELO “uses a combination of cell data, GPS data and Wi-Fi access points to estimate the caller’s whereabouts.” The technology available via iOS 12 is called RapidSOS, and will securely share HELO data with 911 operators. Apple has promised that this data will only  be used in emergency situations.

This feature could be potentially life-saving. Without the process of the 911 operator having to figure out a location from the caller, this feature will allow responders to be dispatched more quickly and more accurately. As we all know, in an emergency, mere seconds can be the difference between life and death.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the feature on June 18th, stating that “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal. When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”

iOS 12 will be released this fall.

Source: Apple’s iOS 12 will automatically share location data with 911 responders
Published: June 18, 2018