iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature

Apple has announced that Emergency SOS via satellite is now available to U.S. and Canadian users of its latest iPhone 14 feature. Here are the details. Apple could have created the perfect advertisement for the iPhone 14’s emergency satellite messaging service. It could be the rescue and recovery of a snowmobiler from Alaska.

According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, State Troopers were alerted at 2:00 AM by the Alaska Department of Public Safety and immediately took action.
Apple Emergency Response Center notified us of the alert. It enabled to search and rescue personnel to pinpoint the GPS coordinates of the stranded person. The snowmobiler was fine and unharmed.

MacRumors reported that the troopers were impressed by the information in the initial alert. This feature asks the iPhone 14’s owner questions about their situation before sending a short message to the Globalstar satellite network.

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At around 2:00 AM on December 1, 2022, Alaska State Troopers received a notification that an adult male traveling via snowmachine via Noorvik to Kotzebue had activated the Apple iPhone Emergency SOS via satellite after becoming stranded.

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In collaboration with local search and rescue groups, the Apple Emergency Response Center, and Northwest Arctic Borough Search and Rescue Coordinator, the NWAB SAR sent four volunteer searchers to Nimiuk Point directly to the GPS coordinates provided by the Apple Emergency Response Center. The volunteer search team found the male adult and transported him to Kotzebue. Troopers reported no injuries.

What time does it take for the message to reach you?

It can vary. Apple claims that “Satellites move quickly, have low bandwidth, are located thousands of miles from Earth, so it may take a few minutes to even short messages to get through.” The Verge had a hands-on experience with the feature, and the entire process took between 3 and 5 minutes.
Emergency SOS Satellite Messaging, currently available in America and Canada, will soon be available in the U.K.

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