EENA Urges Wider Deployment of AML Location Technology
Monday, September 14, 2015 | Comments

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is promoting a U.K. emergency location technology to be deployed throughout Europe.

“Unfortunately, in most of Europe, locating citizens in distress is often inaccurate, potentially putting people at further risk,” said an EENA statement. “This is because the location data provided to the emergency services is mostly ineffective.”

Advanced Mobile Location (AML), announced last year, was implemented in the United Kingdom by British Telecom, EE and HTC. The technology is now also supported by mobile network operators O2 and Three, as well as handset manufacturer Sony. It is up to 4,000 times more accurate than the previous system, saving lives, time and money, EENA said.

When an emergency call is made with an AML-enabled smartphone, the phone automatically activates its location service and sends the data via a text message to emergency services, often within a radius of 30 meters or less. It uses GPS or Wi-Fi, depending on which is best for the given situation.

Forty-six emergency services representatives, EENA members covering 27 countries, congratulated all involved parties for this significant achievement in an open letter. Additionally, they invited all handset manufacturers and operating system providers to deploy AML and implement it on their smartphones to improve caller location information.

“I encourage all the stakeholders to show leadership that would allow for the better protection of our citizens during emergencies,” said Gary Machado, EENA executive director. “The capital investment needed for AML is almost zero leading to a fast and effective deployment with immediate results and impact.”

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