The Federal Communications Commission has estimated that 60% of the calls made to 911 on cell phones are unable to be accurately located. This means that millions of lives are put in more danger every day because of the time it takes to locate callers and send help to them. While the FCC is demanding location accuracy be improved within five years, the deadline is said to be “unrealistic.” One entrepreneur, Michael Martin, aimed to improve this problem after his father fell off of the roof of their home in 2014. He was unable to get a call to connect to 911 and lied in the snow for two hours waiting for help. After the incident, Martin created an app with MIT graduate Nick Horelik that, with one tap on the app’s icon, will connect users with the nearest 911 centers and immediately send their exact location to dispatchers. The app, RapidSOS, will not only be available in the United States, but 135 other countries as well – it works with any three-digit emergency number. The app requires no new training for call center workers and can transmit information via Wi-Fi. The app will be released later this year.
Contributor: Claire Pacek