Apple on Tuesday launched the SOS emergency calling capability for iPhone 14 users in the United States and Canada.
Apple in Advertising He said the service will also extend to the UK, France, Germany and Ireland in December.
Allows iPhone 14 to contact emergency services when cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is not available. Sends emergency SOS via satellite.
Previously people needed a satellite phone to do the same thing.
Apple’s not spot solution uses a combination of custom-designed components and software deeply built into the phone to access satellites, but users need to be outside (best with clear skies) and the iPhone will tell the user which way to point the smartphone so they can connect to a moving satellite.
It also allows people to reassure friends and family of their whereabouts while traveling outside the network, as iPhone 14 users can open the Find My app and share their location via satellite.
“Some of the most popular places to travel are off the beaten path and simply lack cellular coverage,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With Emergency SOS via satellite, the iPhone 14 lineup provides an indispensable tool that can provide users with the assistance they need while they are out of the network.”
“Our teams have worked tirelessly to tackle a new set of technical challenges to bring this service to life, as well as build a reliable infrastructure on the ground. Emergency SOS via satellite is an advanced service only available on the iPhone 14 lineup, and a new innovation that we hope will provide Our customers have some peace of mind.”
“Providing an emergency SOS service via satellite is an important, life-saving achievement,” added Mark Gilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Apple’s critical work to create innovative new solutions to support 911 service providers and first responders represents a huge step forward in protecting Californians and the broader public during an emergency.”
Emergency SOS via satellite and Find My via satellite will be included free of charge for two years starting from the time iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are activated.
Requires iOS 16.1 to be running.
Global Star Investment
To make this happen, Apple has teamed up with global satellite company Globalstar, Covington, Louisiana.
Apple last week It announced that it had invested $450 million at Globalstar, as part of Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund.
“Emergency SOS via Satellite is an excellent example of how American ingenuity and technology can save lives,” said Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple.
“We’re proud that this service is enabled by America’s leading companies, and that our users can explore off-grid areas knowing they are still within reach of emergency services if they need them,” said Williams.
When an iPhone user performs an Emergency SOS via satellite request, the message is received by one of Globalstar’s 24 satellites in low Earth orbit traveling at nearly 16,000 miles per hour.
The satellite then transmits the message to dedicated ground stations located at key points around the world.
Once received by a ground station, the message is routed to emergency services that can dispatch assistance, or a relay center with Apple-trained emergency professionals if local emergency services cannot receive the text messages.
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