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All new mobile phones sold in the country to have panic button and GPS facility

Monday, April 25, 2016
New Delhi

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.


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