Monday, April 25, 2016
From next year onwards, all mobiles phones sold in the country will come with a dedicated ‘panic button’ and Global Positioning System facility that can be used to send out a signal in case of distress.
The Department of Telecommunications on April 22 notified the same and is aimed at improving the safety of women and ensuring a quick response from security agencies. The notification said that no handset shall be sold in India from January 1, 2017 without a panic button and all handsets must also have a GPS from January 1, 2018. Technology meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women and I have taken a decision to this effect said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday.
Once the panic button is pressed, a signal/call will be made to the nearest security agency. However, the details of how the system will work are yet to be finalized.