Rave is partnering with RapidSOS to provide more precise 9-1-1 location and additional data for 9-1-1 callers. This information will supplement the ALI data already displayed in the Rave 911 Suite.
Modern smartphones like Android and iOS devices have location technology that far exceeds what’s currently available to 9-1-1 through the ALI database.
“iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders beginning later this year with iOS 12.” Read Apple’s announcement here.
RapidSOS is working with their other smartphone partners to expand availability to additional devices in the near future.
Yes. For safety purposes, Android and iOS smartphones automatically turn on location services when the user dials 9-1-1.
No, community members do not need to take any action at this time. Once emergency location services are supported on their phone, the data will come through automatically when they call 9-1-1 through their phone’s native dialer. We recommend that PSAP personnel install the SOS Beacon app for testing and demonstration purposes so that you can familiarize yourself with the functionality ahead of a widespread deployment.
No, Smart911 and Rave Facility profiles are not necessary. Community members do not need to sign up for any kind of profile or account.
You will still be presented with ALI location and any other Rave-sourced location information available. The RapidSOS NG9-1-1 Clearinghouse location displayed by the Rave 911 Suite does not impact the data you currently get – it augments it.
It doesn’t. Just like with any data from Rave, if you can have the caller confirm their exact location or other incident details, you should continue to do so.
Like Google Maps on your smartphone, the RapidSOS-sourced location uses device-based hybrid location services that rely on a multitude of sensors, including WiFi Access Point fingerprinting, Pedestrian Dead Reckoning, Bluetooth Beacons, and many more, in addition to traditional mechanisms like GPS and cell tower triangulation. Therefore, RapidSOS locations are significantly more accurate than the ALI, especially in indoor environments. Mobile phone operating system providers are working aggressively to enhance their indoor location accuracy – as these improvements come on line, improved data will automatically become available to 9-1-1.
Receiving RapidSOS-sourced location information through Rave costs you nothing and requires no software upgrades.
Click here to start the process to enable this feature in your PSAP.
Please follow the normal Rave Support process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
RapidSOS has developed an app to facilitate testing. This app is for testing purposes only! Do not instruct your community to use the app. RapidSOS is working with its partners to deliver precise location data without an app.
Please download the directions to test the integration.