That kind of raised by eyebrows big time, but even if it takes time, Indian Government want either to have a mandatory PANIC button or an alternate solution which allows any person in problem to connect an authority, and get instant help. India recently announced Emergency no as 112 which is single number for all kind of emergency right from Police to Ambulance to Fire services.
In case, a dedicated button cannot be implemented, the Mobile makers will have to implement an alternate way which could be withe pressing the power button three times or using a single digit from dial pad to initiate an emergency call.
These words come from Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who said:
Smartphones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.
The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5’ or ‘numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call.
I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should also have Global Positioning System inbuilt.
Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women.
That sounds like a good idea, letting anybody to call emergency without spending too much of time. IMO the final implementation will take more time. Most of the OEMs will opt for numeric key solution for emergency call, and software update may get the three press power button in future. Though I am not sure how false clicks will be taken into account, but thats a long way to go. What do you think?