SOS button to the rescue: How phone makers are implementing the safety features
With this new tool in smartphones women, children or senior citizens can reach out to their family members for help at the press of a button
The Department of Telecom’s (DoT) directive to phone companies to add a panic button on all smartphones and feature phones before next year, is being implemented by few Indian phone makers now itself. The latest line-up of phones by Intex and Videocon allow users in distress to use the power button to alert the emergency numbers on the user’s phonebook. This feature removes all the barriers that tend to slow down the process of getting help. In phones without a panic button user has to unlock the phone, search the number of the family and friend to make a call. Whereas in phones with panic button one just has to press the power button a few times and the phone will automatically send out text messages and calls to emergency contacts without asking the user to unlock the phone.