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Patent continuation shows that Apple is working on location-based app for emergency information

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Patent continuation shows that Apple is working on location-based app for emergency information
Sketch included with Apple's patent application

Sketch included with Apple's patent application

What do you do if you are overseas, or in a region of the U.S. that you are not familiar with, and require the police, a fire truck or an ambulance? For some, looking up this information ahead of time is a hassle, and when time is of the essence, trying to find someone who can help you often seems impossible. Based on a patent continuation published by the USPTO, it seems that Apple is designing a location-based app that will deliver emergency information to a user's Apple iPhone.

Ironically, the app is credited to former Apple iOS chief Scott Forstall, who got caught up in another Apple application called Apple Maps. Overseas, the Apple emergency information map would give travelers specific numbers to police, fire or medical assistance based on the location of their Apple iPhone. In the U.S., it might offer users direct phone numbers to nearby police stations which would probably help lower the number of unnecessary 9-1-1 calls that are made each year that clog up the system.

The patent was originally filed in June 2007, the same month and year that the original version of the Apple iPhone launched. The continuation is dated September, 2012.

"When a person travels abroad, emergencies can occur. For example, the person can become injured in an accident, be a victim of a crime, or lose their travel documents. In those situations, having knowledge of contact information for local emergency services or the pertinent consular services can be beneficial."-Apple's statement on patent filing

source: FreePatentsOnline via AppleInsider

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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 15:49 3

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's called the iServices.....

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 15:56 4

2. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 434; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yes, that is great Apple!!! because you are the only phone that deserves emergency services! iTools >(

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:04 11

3. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


After seeing what they did with apple maps, I'm interested in seeing if they can pull this off. Imagine trying to call the Police Dept. and your iphone ends up calling taco bell. lol

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:05 4

5. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


That will shorten your lifespan even faster.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 17:07 4

8. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Story of my life after I get robbed

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 17:42 1

12. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


imagine if you are indeed in a foreign country what about language barrier? So you travel to Japan something happen and you call the police. What if they dont speak english. Calling 911 is almost standard doubt we will need an app for that

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 01:50

18. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


they wont rob ur iphone...LOL

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 07:17

19. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


its the most stolen phone

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:04 2

4. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Because an app to actually call the services is too difficult to make.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:37 2

6. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I wondering in emergency situation but the "sudden death" device happens

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 18:59 1

16. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


That's why emergency feature will not available on android :p

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:39 3

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6497; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Ironically they patent every dumb idea. R u guys really that bored?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 17:08 1

9. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Ummm.....apple maps anyone? I wouldn't trust an iDevice to accurately tell me what planet I'm on, I certainly wouldn't trust or rely on it for emergency location services!

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 17:15 1

10. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Patenting something that could help someone in an emergency situation? Surely they shouldn't be allowed to patent that? I'm not surprised at Apple patenting every idea they have but I would have thought there would have been some moral issues about patenting something like this. The sole purpose should be about helping someone, not as something to use against competitors.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 17:24 1

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1177; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


File this patent along with every other apple patent in the "obvious to a person skilled in the arts"...

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 18:20 2

13. tedkord (Posts: 4769; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This doesn't prove they're working on it. This just proves they filed a patent to make sure that if anyone else works on it, they can sue.

It was first filed in 2007. How long does it take to come up with a prototype?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 18:24 1

14. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Come on man, this is apple! You know as well as I do they don't invent anything, they wait for others to invent/perfect the tech, then they steal it and sue the creators for patent infringement.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 22:46

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5779; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There is no requirement to deliver a working prototype to be able to be granted a patent. There is also no staleness provision where if the patent isn't implemented within X years of grant it expires.

Forstall was on the Continuation because you have to include the exact same set of inventors to get the priority date back to the original patent issue.

As with many of Apple's patents, there appears to be some invalidity issues, so if Apple attempts to enforce this patent, expect attorneys to make out like bandits.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 12:03

20. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


You know what, you are right. So I am going to file a patent for a true 3D holographic television set. I will let the chumps at Sony or Samsung do all the hard work, and in 5 years or so once they are available I will sue the sh*t out of those theiving bastards and collect what is rightfully mine.
Hey thanks for teaching me the apple Patent Scam!

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 18:47

15. Obdabeast (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


Although it sounds like it's supposed to help someone find their location and numbers to local services.. this just makes me think they want it to track you easier. Imagine they not only allow your signal to be blocked in certain areas by police but they can also track your exact location. ( for emergencies.. ofcourse ) O.o ...

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