GOI does ‘panic button’ mandatory on mobiles

Apr

27

2016

Mobile phone manufacturers have the latest early next year in India to implement an emergency button in devices. In smartphones is that three times pressing the On / Off button. The button is intended as a protection measure for women in the country.

All phones sold in India from January 2017 must have the alarm function, writes the government. At the same time, the government decided in the country by 2018 must have all devices on support for GPS to determine the location of people in an emergency.

The measure is primarily intended to protect women in the country. India has in recent years frequently been in the news with incidents where women were victims of gang rape, mutilation and other atrocities.

Smartphones users need three times the On / Off button to press while on cheap mobile phones with numeric keys the numbers ‘5’ or ‘9’ can serve as early next year as an alarm button. Pressing and holding one of the two numeric keys must thereby automatically call a number that emergency switch. The government is consulting with manufacturers to bring the function as a software update to existing devices. “Technology is designed to better human life and what is better to use it for the protection of women,” said the telecoms minister of the country, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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