Google `Emergency Location Service` for Android now in US

  • Google `Emergency Location Service` for Android now in US

Google `Emergency Location Service` for Android now in US

A NY company announced today that it is teaming up with the Google to offer location services to emergency agencies for cell phone activated 9-1-1 calls across the nation.

Google has announced the launch of its Emergency Location Service (ELS) in partnership with T-Mobile and RapidSOS. More than 80% of calls to 911 in some regions now come from wireless phones, not landline phones, and the FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80% of the time by 2021. The technology is being used in more than 1,000 centers nationwide. It also isn't as effective when a device is indoors.

ELS takes this more robust information set and uses it to define the location on the device, then sends it directly to emergency services when a 911 call is placed, without passing through Google servers. Google's Emergency Location Service (ELS) is already in 14 countries worldwide but comes to the USA starting today. If you are indoors, for example, your Global Positioning System connection could be spotty, and sometimes the information sent to the emergency service provider is so vague that it's pretty much useless in tracking you down in a short amount of time. The Mountain View search giant reports that its data decreases the average uncertainty radius from 522 feet to 121 feet.

Emergency calls depend on accurate location information, something the caller isn't always able to provide. You also do not need to update your OS or upgrade an app. The system is now available in 14 countries around the world, providing emergency centers with location data on more than 140,000 emergency calls per day.

"Wireless providers like T-Mobile have existing ways to share emergency locations with emergency centers, but this integration with ELS will help deliver higher accuracy locations faster than before", Chai stated. For Android users on Viya, the integration with West allows more accurate location data to be delivered more quickly with ELS to emergency centers through existing channels. Now, they partnered to merge Google's location data with T-Mobile before sending it to 911.

Google's partnership with T-Mobile works similarly; when customers make a call, their Android phone can send their location to the emergency center.