An emergency? Call 112!

After reading the current Shooting Times,a letter caught my eye.
The guy wrote that during a recent training course,he was made aware of using 112 as an alternative to 999.It seems that the 112 system can use satellites to track the caller,as an aid to locating a person in trouble and it also has better coverage than the 999 system.
better coverage, is anyone suggesting that the UK does not have universal 999 access then

112 has been open for UK emergency calls for donkeys years

Satellite tracking, I am afraid that's fanciful nonsense. The US has something called reverse 911 that uses information from the carriers to geo locate landlines and of course the mobile operators do the same. In the UK we have much the same system. The US is a bit more advanced though because of the number of large buildings, with some move to matching the originating number with a more granular location in a building.
This is what he is thinking of;

"When you make an emergency call, your
phone can use Assisted Global Positioning
System (AGPS) satellite signals to tell the
emergency response center your approximate
The AGPS feature has limitations, so always
tell the emergency response center your best
knowledge of your location. Remain on the
phone for as long as the emergency response
center instructs you.
AGPS might not work for emergency calls:
• Your phone’s AGPS feature must be Your local emergency response center
might not process AGPS location
information. For details, contact your
local authorities.
For best results:
• Go outside and away from
underground locations, covered
vehicles, structures with metal or
concrete roofs, tall buildings, and
foliage. Indoor performance might
improve if you move closer to
windows, but some window sun
shielding films can block satellite
• Move away from radios, entertainment
equipment, and other electronic
devices that might interfere with or
block AGPS satellite signals.
If your phone cannot find strong AGPS
satellite signals, the location of the nearest
cell tower in contact with your phone is
automatically provided to the emergency
response center."
Thanks to Motorola for that, just one small detail not available in the UK . oh and the bit that I like for septic users "Your phone’s AGPS feature must be turned on


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