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Safety-Inspired Phone Features

Mobile Panic Buttons are Set to Become Mandatory in India

— July 13, 2016 — Tech
Beginning in 2017, all mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a mobile panic button. The new mobile panic button is being implemented in an attempt to reduce the amount of crimes against women in India. When the panic button is pressed on the user's cellphone, an alert is sent to police, as well as contacts chosen by the user.

As Department of Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, "Ensuring women's security through technology is digital empowerment and an important component of #DigitalIndia."The mobile panic button can be easily activated on regular phones by pressing the "5" or "9" keys and on smartphones by pressing the power button three times.

To continue with the goal of providing more support and protection for women, by 2018, all new mobile devices will come with built-in GPS systems to make locating someone in trouble quicker.
Trend Themes
1. Mobile Panic Buttons - The requirement for mobile panic buttons in India presents an opportunity for companies to innovate and develop new safety features for mobile phones worldwide.
2. Digital Empowerment - The push for women's safety through technology in India opens up avenues for companies to create digital solutions that empower women and enhance their security.
3. Built-in GPS Systems - The mandate for built-in GPS systems in mobile devices creates a demand for GPS-related products and services, such as location-based emergency services and navigation apps.
Industry Implications
1. Mobile Phone Manufacturing - Mobile phone manufacturers can seize the opportunity to design and produce phones with built-in panic buttons and GPS systems to comply with regulatory requirements and cater to the growing demand for safety features.
2. App Development - The need for mobile panic buttons and GPS systems in phones presents an opportunity for app developers to create user-friendly safety applications with enhanced functionalities and features.
3. Emergency Services - The implementation of mobile panic buttons and GPS systems necessitates collaboration with emergency services and the development of efficient response systems to facilitate rapid assistance in case of emergencies.
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