Google's 'Emergency Location Service' for Android comes to US

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The location information is shared with emergency services without going through Google servers. "The location is computed on the device and delivered directly to emergency providers only when you explicitly call an emergency number", Chai added.

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.

"You don't need to install a separate app, update your OS, or have special hardware to benefit from more accurate location".

Almost a week after Apple's big reveal of its new smartwatch, which can detect a user's fall, track irregular heartbeats and call and pinpoint locations of emergencies, Google announces plans of its own. The service aims to enhance network operators, emergency infrastructure providers and governments provide accurate location information to the first responder during an emergency, Google stated. In testing the technology in the United States, emergency centers have told us ELS has already helped save lives in their jurisdiction, decreasing the average uncertainty radius from 159 meters to 37 meters (from 522 feet to 121 feet).

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RapidSOS, a startup featuring three former FCC commissioners on its board, explained that the deal with Google follows a pilot project the two conducted in three test regions in earlier this year to evaluate an integration of Android ELS with the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse. What makes it all the more tragically ironic is that the very devices most often used to call 911 - smartphones - contain exceedingly accurate location data.

Google is finally expanding the life-saving Android Emergency Location Service it first debuted in 2016 to the US. The watch has several vital features including the ability to identify locations of emergencies.

911 operators have a problem locating the exact location of the callers when they use a cell phone. You will need to have Android 4.0 or newer on your device to get support for the feature. Now in the United States, with the RapidSOS integration and T-Mobile compatibility to start, the process of locating someone who placed a 911 call from an Android will be even better.

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