Google conducts test to help 911 accurately locate callers

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Google has conducted a test to test the effectiveness of using its technology to help 911 operators determine more accurately the location of cell phone callers. The test included tens of thousands of 911 calls over the course of two months in several states, and had encouraging results, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The test was conducted in conjunction with two companies that have connections to the 911, West Corp. and RapidSOS centers. Under the current 911 system, wireless service providers are usually responsible for providing location information, but it is not very accurate. RapidSOS says that when using Google technology, approximately 80 percent of 911 calls had more accurate location data in the first 30 seconds. Google data also …

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