"Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women... from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 mobile sets should have also GPS inbuilt," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement.
Some mobile apps provide panic button but making it compulsory for every mobile set is something revolutionary in a country like India where women’s security is a major concern. Following the order, users who cannot afford Internet pack would be able to avail panic button facility even without net package.     

What is panic button?

Panic Button is a free and beta application that turns mobile phone into a secret alarm that can be used whenever the user is in trouble.

How does it work?
When a user presses the panic button, it sends alerts every 5 minutes with location to the prescribed contacts.

How to configure?

As per the Government order, the panic button feature would already be configured from the makers’ end. The user will have to select contact numbers to whom he/she wish to contact in case of any trouble.

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By Raju Kumar/JPN