New legislation & 7 more countries to deploy AML

12/12/2018

In the last years, Europe has changed what we know about emergency caller location, shifting the norm from network-based to handset-based location information. In the countries that have deployed Advanced Mobile Location (or AML), emergency services receive location information that is sometimes up to 4000 times more accurate than before.

Today marks another milestone, with news announced both in the legislative and implementation front.

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.”

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