BRUSSELS: The EU has financed an emergency number system which it claims could potentially save more than 10,000 lives.
It is called the Advanced Mobile Location (AML) system which enables exact location of callers using smartphones.
When a caller dials 112 from their smartphone, AML uses the phone’s functionalities and the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system to accurately and efficiently transmit the caller’s location to emergency services.
A recent EU directive on electronic communications networks makes mandatory the availability of not only network-based but also of the more accurate handset-derived location information to the most appropriate Public Safety Answering Point systems (PSAP).
AML is available in 19 Member States, Iceland and Norway. The list of the Member States includes Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Malta, Czechia, Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Romania, France, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, and Ireland. Only 6 Member States confirmed that handset-derived location is available for roaming end-users.