.:SafeGreece:. - February 11: European Emergency Number 112 Day
February 11: European Emergency Number Day

The European Day of "112" is celebrated every year on 11 February, as decided by the European Commission aiming to make European citizens familiar the European Emergency number.

EU legislation makes it possible for Europeans to contact emergency services for free by dialing 112 from any EU country. More accurate caller location of emergency calls is on the rise, as showed in the latest report on the implementation of 112. The report is based on data collected in all 28 Member States via the Communication Committee.

Every year, about 300 thousand people who call the emergency services cannot provide their location, because they may not know where they are, are too young to say, or too injured to communicate. In these situations, knowing the exact location of the caller can help emergency services to react quickly and save lives.

Last year Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska called for the deployment of Advanced Mobile Location (AML) that enables smartphones to provide emergency services with accurate caller location information via an SMS or data channel by using in-built Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) or Wi-Fi capabilities. AML is a caller location solution which can locate a person within less than 100m.

This year Commissioner Mariya Gabriel praised the uptake of AML in Belgium, Finland and Ireland raising the number of AML countries to seven: Currently AML is deployed in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania and United Kingdom, three more countries than last year. In order to boost the uptake of the AML for the benefit of citizens and emergency services, the European Commission launched a project in September 2017 with the goal of deploying AML in at seven additional Member States in the next two years.

At the time of publishing this report the AML solution was available only for smartphones using the Android operational system. As of spring 2018, Apple foresees the upgrade of its iOS 11.3 on all devices to include "support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported".

As of April 2018 eCall will be functioning throughout Europe and in the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu

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