IMPLEMENTATION FRONT: AML to be deployed in 7 more countries
AML is available in 9 EU countries. This number will soon be almost doubled as the EU will fund its deployment in 7 more: Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden. The work is launched today, organised under a project called HELP 112 II, and will see the countries deploying AML in the coming months.
LEGISLATION FRONT: Smartphones sold in the EU will need to support handset-based location
A few weeks ago, the EU voted on a legislation requiring member states to use handset-based location for emergencies. With both Android & iOS supporting this, a huge part of Europeans will benefit from dramatically improved emergency response.
Now, the European Commission turns the spotlight to smartphone manufacturers: a legislative text published today will require smartphones sold in the EU to support technical solutions that provide accurate handset-derived location information (GNSS, Wifi) to emergency services (eg AML).
Benoit Vivier, EENA Public Affairs Manager, sees this as a great step forward: “What we see is the safeguarding of accurate emergency location in Europe. Member states will need to use handset-based information where available and at the same time smartphones will need to ensure it is available. As a result, citizens get guarantees that when they are in Europe, inaccurate emergency location will largely be a thing of the past.”