Indian government to mandate panic button on phones sold from 2017 onwards

The Government of India announced that all phones sold from 2017 and onwards must come with a panic button installed.

This “panic button” allows anyone to contact the authorities with a single press of a button. This move comes after the government introduced a single “112” number for emergencies,┬ásuch as ambulance services.

Some phones, like smartphones that can’t accommodate the button in the hardware, phone manufacturers will have to carry out a mechanism through which users can press the power button 3 times to contact the authorities. From 1 January 2018, inclusion of GPS in phones will be mandatory.

Smartphones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.

The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5’ or ‘numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said:

I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should also have Global Positioning System inbuilt.

Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women.

What do you think about this guys?


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