ELS provides the caller's location to emergency alarm centres, helping to shorten response times.
Launched in 2016 and is now available in 14 countries (excluding India), ELS provides accurate locations both indoors and outdoors by using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and sensors.
The emergency service technology is due to partnerships with RapidSOS, T-Mobile, and West.
Google developed ELS in partnership with a company called RapidSOS and it's deploying the service in partnership with USA wireless carrier T-Mobile and telecom service West. Google's Emergency Location Service (ELS) is already in 14 countries worldwide but comes to the USA starting today. For Android users on Viya, our integration with West allows your more accurate location to be delivered more quickly with ELS to emergency centers through existing channels by wireless providers.
In brief: More than 80 percent of emergency calls now originate from mobile phones but pinpointing their location can be tricky, especially indoors. The Mountain View search giant reports that its data decreases the average uncertainty radius from 522 feet to 121 feet. In each case, calling 9-1-1 from your smartphone will make it possible for emergency services to get your location through ELS directly, hopefully making the process a bit smoother. First launched two years ago, ELS is already used in 14 countries and on more than 140,000 calls per day.
In the United States, emergency tech firm RapidSOS provides ELS locations directly to emergency communications centers through its secure platform, which is integrated directly into existing software at emergency centers in the US. You don't need a separate app, update, or any special hardware to benefit. They didn't know where they were on the highway so they couldn't verbally give a location, but ELS gave the emergency crews a very accurate origination location of the call. "With ELS and RapidSOS, we can actually take action in the emergency communications center to improve the safety of our citizens".
In partnership with RapidSOS, Google provide ELS location directly to emergency communications centres through their secure, IP-based data platform.