ELS provides the caller's location to emergency alarm centres, helping to shorten response times.
According to the report, T-Mobile has been working with Google on the issue for about four years and the duo partnered with RapidSOS, just as Apple did in June, to help them send location information quickly to call centers. In order to pinpoint your device, it uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors; it is as accurate as the location details you get on Google Maps.
Apple, too, has partnered with RapidSOS to transfer its users' location data to 911 call centers.
San Francisco: Google is expanding its advanced location tracking feature for Android called "Emergency Location Service (ELS)" to the US. There's no need to install a separate app, update your operating system or have special hardware as ELS is automatically supported on 99 percent of Android devices (so long as you're running version 4.0 or newer).
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Google announced ELS in 2016, making the service available in Estonia and the United Kingdom first, and gradually expanding to 14 countries worldwide.
The search giant isn't the only one offering mobile device location data to 911 responders. First launched two years ago, ELS is already used in 14 countries and on more than 140,000 calls per day.
Google notes that location data is computed on a device and delivered directly to emergency providers - never passing through Google servers - and only when you place an emergency call. 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. This enabled fire crews to quickly report to the scene and take care of the fire - something that would have been exceptionally hard before ELS.
Google's location data derived from inputs from Wi-Fi to sensors, Global Positioning System and mobile network information will leverage RapidOS's IP-based data pipelines to share location data.
In the USA, emergency tech firm RapidSOS provides ELS locations directly to emergency communications centers through its secure platform, which is integrated directly into existing software at emergency centers in the US.