Apple's iOS 12 system to share location of 911 callers

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Moreover, Apple announced today that it will make use of the emergency technology company RapidSOS system to sync with HELO feature, in integration with the software of many 911 centers which run as per the industry-standard protocols.

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. Security is still a big concern for Apple, which has assured its fan base that the sharing of the user's locations strictly to the duration of the phone call to the emergency services.

"Communities rely on 911 centres in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal", Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in a statement late on Monday. The first is HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), a system that Apple developed and launched in 2015. It will see the location of US iPhone users shared with dispatch responders during 911 calls.

Only the responding 911 center will be able to privately access the location of a caller-and that's the only information they can retrieve from a user's iPhone. Basically, if a user calls 911, this technology will use cell towers, Wi-Fi access points, and other connective mediums to pinpoint their exact location.

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As Apple revealed at WWDC 2018, iOS 12 is getting a lot of handy new features, but one in particular could be a real life saver. This is particularly noteworthy due to the age of the emergency infrastructure, as former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler pointed out. "This is part of the phone's Operating System - users do not need to have an app installed on their phone for their location to be shared during a 9-1-1 call", claimed Ekl.

The feature is created to give first responders faster and more accurate information, helping to reduce the time it takes for emergency services to arrive.

The emergency locator will exceed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's 2021 requirements requiring carriers to locate callers to within 165 feet at 80 percent efficiency.