The advanced mobile locator (AML) is a new technology that has enhanced the rate at which emergency services save lives ever since it was introduced.
After its introduction on Android, AML has rapidly decreased the response time in which emergency services respond to urgent emergency calls thereby saving a lot of lives and pain.
The AML works with GPS and will automatically send the current location of the device to emergency services immediately someone dials the emergency number.
But, AML has only existed in the Android ecosystem because Apple has refused to jump on the bandwagon and introduce AML on iOS. Their refusal even continued even after they received so many pleas from the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), which is the body behind the implementation of AML for emergency services.
According to an article by TNW which highlights in full details about Apple’s refusal to implement AML feature on iOS.
Although, Apple has previously introduced similar features into their ecosystem, an example being the Emergency SOS, which calls local emergency numbers, another one which alerts emergency services by sending text messages containing users current location when the user. There is also a third one called Medical ID which lets first responders have access to the victim’s medical information, including allergies, conditions, weight, and medications even from the lock screen.
Fast forward to the Apple iOS 11.3 update; Apple finally includes support for AML which makes iPhones able to automatically send caller’s location to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
How Does AML work?
We’ve all learned that the feature, when enabled on your device will automatically activate your GPS and Wi-Fi services when either you or someone else call any emergency number. A text will be sent containing the caller’s current location to emergency responders.
For this to be possible, there should be some hidden technologies in place to check that the appropriate services (emergency services) will only be the people that can access this feature. Some strong safeguards must have been put in place to protect such vital information (your location) to be given out.
To figure out the location of a mobile device, the AML feature will use the service provider’s network infrastructure. This will make AMl’s implementation non-intrusive (not affecting the user’s smartphone).
AML is currently not available is so many countries. It’s only supported in countries like UK, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Lithuania and some parts of lower Austria can use the feature on their iOS after upgrading. But it’s not supported in the US.
Because Apple is now involved in AML, there will be a fast spread of the feature as so many countries will be quick to adopt it.
But why did Apple take so long to implement the feature? Or, have they gone through all their numerous substitutes for the feature and non fits in properly or measures with the efficiency and accuracy of AML and then decided to join the bandwagon?
Anyway, Apple has always been the last to embrace innovations introduced by others in the Technology space. But when they finally do, they will do it even better than the brand that introduced it.