GOOGLE TO HELP EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPOND FASTER

When the police, fire brigades or ambulances need to respond quickly to an emergency call, accurate information about the caller’s location is crucial to helping them arrive in time to be of assistance.

With that in mind, Google has introduced a feature in Android that beams your location to emergency services automatically when you call them. It uses your Wi-Fi, GPS and cell tower information to pinpoint your exact location, and sends across the data without allowing it to be accessed by anyone else.

Now active in the UK and Estonia, Google hopes to roll it out across the globe over time. The feature works on Android 2.3 and above, which Google says this can address 99 per cent of all devices on its mobile platform worldwide. The hope now is that it will be launched across more countries.