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Women Safety: Govt. mandates Panic button & GPS in all new mobile phones from next Year

April,25,2016:

In such phones by pressing ‘Numeric key 5’ or ‘Numeric key 9’ one can make an emergency call.

Panic Buttons and GPS
Panic Buttons and GPS

Now a panic button will be mandatory for all new mobile phones to be sold in India from  January, 2017 in order to enable users make emergency call promptly.

Phones will also have an in-built GPS navigation system as a mandatory feature for all phones a year later with effect from January 1, 2018, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave a statement on Monday.

“Technology is primarily meant to make human life better and what better can be the use if it for the security of women… from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a mandatory provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 all mobile sets should have also have a GPS inbuilt,” Prasad said in a statement.

An official notification of GOI dated April 22, said, “With effect from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India… Feature phones without the facility of a panic button by pressing ‘Numeric key 5’ or ‘Numeric key 9’ to invoke an emergency call.”

Further, the Notification said that no smartphone should be sold in India without the facility of emergency call button. This button should function in such a manner that just by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or by the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed three times in quick succession.

“Also with effect from January 1, 2018, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell the new mobile phone hand set in India without the facility of identifying the location through Satellite based GPS facility,” the notification said.

At present, only smartphones instruments come with inbuilt GPS system.

 

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