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Abilene PD announces addition of new tool from RapidSOS

The new tool will provide accurate real-time caller locations for 9-1-1 calls from iPhones and Android phones.
Credit: Abilene Police Department

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Police Department announced  Wednesday it has added Jurisdiction View, a new data and situational awareness tool to access location and additional data during an emergency.

According to an APD release, the department is one of the first agencies nationwide to test and implement the new tool, which is available to 9-1-1 centers nationwide through RapidSOS’s free software application RapidSOS Portal.

The information available through the application includes accurate real-time caller location for 9-1-1calls from iPhones (iOS 12+) and Android phones (4.0+), as well as situational and incident-specific information from connected vehicles, digital health devices, connected buildings and mobile applications such as Uber.

The information is immediately displayed on a satellite map of APD’s jurisdiction, providing enhanced situational awareness for 9-1-1 telecommunicators and allowing for faster allocations of resources.

“Jurisdiction View will help our telecommunicators in emergency situations receive faster and more accurate information,” Becky Mackiewicz, communications manager, said.

“APD is leading the way in adopting new technology to improve emergency response,” Karin Marquez, RapidSOS Senior Director of Public Safety, said. “We’re proud to work alongside them as they help us learn, develop, and iterate on new technology to provide the most informed emergency response possible.