Apple Emergency SOS Through Satellite Saves Life of a Trapped Man in Alaska

Muhammad Zuhair
Muhammad Zuhair
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The newest iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models from Apple include a number of upgrades over the versions they replaced. Emergency SOS through Satellite, which enables customers to contact emergency services over satellite connectivity when cellular or WiFi connections are not available, is one of the significant updates that Apple unveiled on stage. Today, we’re sharing the first instance in which the iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS function saved the life of an Alaskan man who was trapped.

The morning of December 1, Alaska State Troopers got a notification that a guy who was on a snowmobile from Noorvik to Kotzebue had been trapped. The guy turned on the Emergency SOS via satellite function on his iPhone 14 when he was in a frigid, isolated area without cellular access. He immediately obtained the necessary aid when the authorities received the notice.

The guy was discovered by the rescue crew in a remote area with spotty satellite connection. Apple claims that regions over 62° latitude could not have satellite connection. Kotzebue and Noorvik, on the other hand, are not far from 69° latitude. With outstanding precision and “completeness of information included in the initial alert,” the rescue crew arrived at the scene. The Northwest Arctic Borough Search and Rescue Coordinator and the local search agencies collaborated using the iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS function to direct searchers to the GPS locations.

If you’re not acquainted, all iPhone 14 versions come with the Emergency SOS via Satellite function. When no other network options, such as WiFi or cellular, are available, it might be triggered in times of necessity. The function is now free to use for two years, but the business will eventually add a plan.

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Muhammad Zuhair is a tech enthusiast who loves to stay up to date on the latest developments in the field. He is always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to explore and engage with technology. Whether he is tinkering with gadgets or reading up on the latest trends, Muhammad is always eager to learn more and stay ahead of the curve
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