Apple to share location data during emergency calls in iOS 12 | Tech News

Apple iOS 12 users will now automatically share highly-detailed location information when calling 911 – giving dispatchers and first responders a better chance at locating someone in an emergency situation.

In a release this week, Apple announced that during an emergency call, information regarding the location of the caller will be shared with RapidSOS software, which can send the caller’s precise location data to 911 dispatchers around the US.

The proprietary protocol for sharing location data is called Hybridized Emergency Location, or HELO. HELO uses a combination of wifi, GPS, and cell phone tower data to pinpoint a phone user’s location. Apple says that HELO data purportedly exceeds the FCC’s requirement of locating users within “50 meters at least 80% of the time by 2021.”