As the daily number of emergencies regarding the threats of many people’s safety like of women and senior citizens are increasing, the government has announced that each and every cellphone, whether it is of a tea vendor or some big businessman, will have a panic or emergency button from January 1, 2017. This step is taken with an aim of providing new levels of security and comforts to the residents of India.
“Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women. I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for the panic button, and from January 1, 2017, mobile sets should have also Global Positioning System inbuilt,” said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reporting IANS.
While the non-multimedia phones will have the feature of panic button in numeric keys like ‘5’ or ‘9’, smartphones will have the facility button in the keypad or some other shortcut to activate that emergency call which is supposed to be activated by that panic button, Department of Telecommunication confirmed through a notification on Monday.
This feature will also be supported by GPS which is a navigation system, developed earlier to help people in transportation and can give real-time location information of people.
This new rule of a mandatory panic button in smartphones will come under the section of Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1993. Moreover, India is not the only country which will support this feature as all other countries already have an emergency feature in their smartphones except the USA.
However, there is still no update regarding the panic button feature whether to be installed in existing cell phones or not.
Last year, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi contacted mobile manufacturers and requested them to add some security feature in the mobile phones for the safety of women, it looks like that her request didn’t go to waste and more and more security steps will be included in the technology in future for the better care of people.