Location Service or Application(s) that can "Speak" the Caller's Location to Emergency Services
Publication Date: 2017-Aug-02
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Some emergency services (such as 911 in the United States) currently experience significant difficulties in being able to locate an individual accurately when that person calls from a mobile or cellular device. And while there are currently plans for "next gen E911", it will take time and significant costs for all call centers to be updated to make use of the new systems. Some sources estimate that moving to "next gen E911" could save 10K lives/year in the US alone.
This idea is that in the meantime, and as a secondary backup system long term, emergency services can have the user’s phone provide more accurate location information. With this idea implemented, if a user were to make an emergency services call such as 911, the user could then have the phone “speak” it’s best determined location (using all the phone’s ability to determine location) by converting that information into audio words via any text-to-voice software or service. The UI for the user to do this should be very simple, such as presenting a large button when the device knows it is in an Emergency Services call, and a smaller, more deliberate UI mechanism on any other call. Additional information such as nearest intersection could also be provided, or GPS coordinates when a user is “off the map”. An extension of this idea would be to allow for the emergency services operator to send an aud...