Google Lifelines

How technology is transforming the world of emergency rescue

Since the dawn of cell phones, first responders have struggled to locate many emergency callers who were unable to describe their locations. In 2016, a small team of Google engineers partnered with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) to see how smartphone location technology might be able to help. This is a true story that followed—the tale of one paraglider in the lower Austrian Alps whose routine flight took a harrowing turn.

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