Thursday, 26 August 2021 06:06

AML technology can help pinpoint location of emergency calls

AML technology can help pinpoint location of emergency calls Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Australia has completed the rollout of advanced mobile location technology which makes it possible to pinpoint the exact spot from which a triple zero call is made.

A statement from Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said all users with an upgraded Android handset or an iPhone would be able to access the technology.

Two kayakers in South Australia were saved using the technology, after they were caught in strong winds three kilometres offshore, saving a great deal of expenditure on an air and sea search, the statement said.

Fletcher urged all mobile phone users to upgrade their handsets so that the technology would be available to them.

“Time is critical when you are in a life or death situation—that is why Advanced Mobile Location technology is so important,” he said. “It allows triple zero to send you help as quickly as possible.”

About 27,000 calls are made to the number every day about 78% originate from a mobile phone.

The statement said AML would work with Android phones running version 4.1 and higher, with the Google Play Services installed. iPhone users would need to upgrade to version 14.3 of iOS to have access to AML.

Telstra runs the triple zero service and has been working with both Apple and Google, and mobile services in the country, to test the technology.

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