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19/10/2017

Ireland deployes Advanced Mobile Location

Ireland becomes the 8th country in the world to roll-out the life-saving technology


Today, Ireland went live with Advanced Mobile Location, a life-saving protocol that allows emergency services to locate people in danger fast and accurately.

Benoit Vivier, EENA Advocacy Officer, congratulated the authorities for this great step towards the better protection of people.

Ireland is the 8th country in the world and 7th in Europe, to deploy the life-saving solution. The United Kingdom, Estonia, Lithuania, Austria, Iceland, Belgium and  New  Zealand are in the list of countres benefiting from accurate emergency location thanks to AML, with authorities reporting continuously how AML is a powerful tool that allows them to save lives.

 

What is AML in a nutshell?

An AML-enabled smartphone recognises when an emergency call is made and, if not already activated, activates the phone’s GNSS to collect the caller’s location information. The handset then sends an automatic SMS to the emergency services with the caller’s location, before turning the GNSS off again. The service can also use Wi-Fi, depending on which is better at a given moment. Please note that AML is not an app.

 

EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.

The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.