What you need to know
- AT&T has announced location-based routing for 9-1-1 calls in the United States.
- Emergency calls were previously routed based on the location of cell towers.
- Calls can now be routed using the GPS on the device that is making the 9-1-1 call.
AT&T has announced that it has become the first carrier in the United States to introduce location-based routing for emergency calls placed with a cell phone.
In a press release (opens in new tab), the new "Locate Before Route" feature will now use device GPS information to more accurately route a 9-1-1 call to the correct call center. AT&T says that the new feature will be able to locate where an emergency call came from within fifty meters, a huge improvement over the previous system which used the closest cellular tower.
The feature is already available in the following states and territories:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Chris Sambar, executive vice president at AT&T, called the new feature an "industry-leading public safety solution."
The company says that the rollout will be nationwide and complete by the end of June.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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