With the new emergency call technology Advanced Mobile Location (AML for short) emergency services can determine the location of those seeking help directly and thus react more quickly. Because in life-threatening situations, every second counts. In the case of an AML emergency call from a smartphone, the Caller’s location sent to the control center at the same time. The three-year trial run for the new emergency call system starts today officially throughout Germany.
In an emergency, people panic and make stupid mistakes. The last thing you want is to be insecure the moment an emergency arises. When making an emergency call, many callers often don’t know how to get theirs specify exact location should. Again and again the rescue control center has to ask for a long time what relates to the “average reaction time“Affects the rescue workers in an emergency.
How does the AML emergency call work?
This is faster with the new emergency call technology: If the caller dials the emergency number 112, the mobile phone is activated at the start of the call automatically WiFi and GPS and transmits the exact location directly to the rescue control center.
AML works even if all available location services were previously switched off. All data will then be automatic sent with an SMS. The responsible paramedics and the emergency doctor can have the location data sent directly to their navigation device.
With an AML emergency call, the rescue control center can determine the location of the person seeking help within 20 seconds. Without AML, the process takes about 210 seconds.
Freiburg control center brings the technology to Germany
The AML system is already used in 13 countries worldwide (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, the USA and Mexico ). In Germany, privacy advocates and cell phone companies have prevented an earlier start. Vodafone, Telefónica Deutschland O2 and Deutsche Telekom have already announced that their mobile networks will now support the AML emergency call system.
Only those Freiburg rescue control center together with the Berlin fire brigade have advocated the new emergency call technology and agreed to set up the system for all of Germany. There are now servers at both locations in which all AML data is stored. To ensure data protection, these deleted after 60 minutes. The AML technology will now be tested for three years and gradually rolled out to the 250 control centers in Germany.
AML works on almost all smartphones
In addition to the cellular network and the control center, the end device must of course also support the new standard. AML is on all smartphones Integrated with the Google Android operating system version 4.0 or higher, provided that Google Play Services are installed. Apple’s iOS devices with version 11.3 also support the AML emergency call. The location transmission is for Everyone Cellular customers free of charge.
The new emergency call technology is not yet perfect
The AML technology has, however still weaknesses. They fail when we have our own cellular provider no net to have. This can be a problem, especially when people have an accident in rural areas, in the forest or in remote locations. Fortunately, this doesn’t affect many emergency calls.