On Thursday, the Maui Police Department went online with new device location data software for 9-1-1 calls.
MPD officials say the department is now receiving fast and accurate location data from iPhones with iOS 12 using the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse.
The first and most important question in every 9-1-1 call is, “What is the location of your emergency?” This is the first step to dispatching emergency responders as seconds saves lives in an emergency.
Through the NG911 Clearinghouse, the Maui Police Department is now able to receive fast and accurate location data during calls placed from an iPhone with iOS 12.
This capability is integrated into the Maui Police Department’s existing 9-1-1 computer-aided-dispatch and mapping software, providing invaluable information seamlessly and immediately to the call-taker.
“The Maui Police Department is always seeking to implement new technology that will improve emergency response,” a release from MPD officials read. “With fast and accurate location data, the Maui Police Department is hoping the new software will make a positive impact during emergencies.”
The Maui Police Department was the first agency in the state to explore the use of RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse, who is also working with Uber on implementing this technology to integrate with Maui County’s 9-1-1 system.
“The Maui Police Department is proud to be at the forefront of 9-1-1 technology and always strives to provide the best possible service to it’s community,” said Chief Tivoli Faaumu.