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Emergency Calls

Emergency calls are about getting rescue personnel on the spot quickly. Emergency calls can be placed internationally from mobile networks by calling 112. But is difficult to help fast if the caller doesn't know exactly where he is. Whether somewhere on a motorway or even skiing in the mountains - it is useful if the position is automatically forwarded to the emergency services. Almost all smartphones feature the required GPS localization and even some feature phones support it.


With AML mobile phones send their location when placing an emergency call by SMS in the background to the rescue coordination center, even when GPS and WLAN localization are disabled. Both are activated automatically at the beginning of the call and an SMS with the location data is 20 seconds later. Rescue coordination centers, which are connected to AML can thus determine faster, where the emergency call comes from. Even if the caller doesn't know the language of the coordination center it knows at least where he is. The function does not have to be activated by the user because it is integrated into the operating system and works automatically. The SMS with the location is not directly transmitted to the rescue coordination center in Germany , but to access points, operated by the fire brigade of Fribourg and Berlin. From there it is forwarded to the connected rescue coordination centers. The location data is deleted after one hour.


AML already works in many countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, USA and Great Britain. In Germany, it has been working since October 2019.

Mobile Phones

AML works on smartphone with at least Android 2.3 or iOS 11.3, while the system was activated for Germany in iOS 13.3

Legal Situation

The EU Directive 2018/1972, which came into force in December 2018, contains the following provisions the member states are obliged to ensure that the rescue coordination center is provided with information on the caller location of the emergency caller. This explicitly includes "from the Mobile device obtained information on the location of the caller".


In 2018, 73 % of emergency calls in Europe were made with a mobile phone

Recommended Links

>The Skyynet mobile phone database shows the operating system and GPS capability for all mobile phones


>AML project page of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA)


>AML-Spezification (PDF)


>EU-Directive 2018/1972


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