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Akshay Kannan, Product Manager, Android

January 07, 2018

Akshay Kannan

Why Uber Can Find You but 911 Can't

..... In 2014, after talking about the 911 problem over lunch, a group of Google engineers on the Android location team decided to look into it. One engineer, Akshay Kannan, decided to dedicate his "20% time," which is the free time Google allots employees to experiment, to find a way to provide the more precise location data to 911 operators. The project was code-named Thunderbird. .....

June 17, 2017

Akshay Kannan

Android phones to give exact location when you dial emergency services in Ireland

..... While announcing the launch of this feature in July 2016, Google had categorically stated that the service was solely for use by emergency service providers, and was not accessible to Google for either seeing or using for any commercial purpose. It is sent from a user’s handset to emergency services only when a user explicitly places an emergency call, either directly or through the mobile network, Akshay Kannan, Product Manager, Google, wrote in an official blog last year. Currently, emergency services only get to see the location of the nearest cellphone tower when an emergency call is made, and the location of the tower is converted a geographic location. .....