New Zealand became recently the first country outside of Europe to roll-out Advanced Mobile Location (AML). Two months after the successful deployment, many lives have already been saved thanks to the introduction of this technology.
In many cases, callers are unable to describe their exact position, because of an emotional shock or because the area is not familiar. In those cases, AML can provide crucial information to save the caller in distress.
For instance, New Zealand police received a call from a person having suicidal thoughts. The only information that the call-taker could get while speaking with the person was that the caller was next to a train station without knowing which one exactly. Thanks to AML, emergency services obtained a very accurate location information (4m. radius) and found that the caller was on the rail tracks. Train control was immediately alerted and police was dispatched on site to save the person.
Other examples of people in New Zealand saved thanks to AML include a group of hikers who went lost, victims of a motor vehicle accident in a rural area or a distress woman whose call to the police was disconnected before she could provide an accurate location to the emergency services. You can read here many other cases where the introduction of AML in New Zealand has contributed to save lives.
EENA would like to congratulate the emergency services of New Zealand and the Android team working on AML for all those lives saved.
AML is an open-source technology that enables the provision of accurate handset-derived location information to the emergency services. The location is sent via SMS (or HTTPS) only when an emergency call is placed. This technology is already featured in all the Android smartphones in the world and activated in 6 countries. It is currently not featured in other OS. Read more information about AML here.