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New Delhi: Mobile Standards Alliance of India (MSAI) and the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust launched a mobile app aimed at ensuring personal safety during times of distress.
The app - called I Feel Safe Safety Ka Power Button - has a virtual panic button which users can simply press to activate the alarm. It can be used even when the screen is locked, the SIM card is removed, no Wi-Fi networks are available, and the absence of a data plan. The app works across the country on all mobile networks and sends real-time updates about the location of the user.
"Women can avail 24X7 service and it can be used by senior citizens or anyone who senses a threat to his or her personal safety. There is also no charge for using the I Feel Safe mobile app," Bhawna Kumari, Business head of MSAI said.
The app launch comes in the wake of the government's efforts to create a safe environment for the women in the country since the 2012 Delhi gang rape. The government has since mandated putting a panic button in every phone from January 2017 onwards.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had asked all handset makers to develop and install software patches that enable panic buttons in all phones, and that distress calls will get connected to the emergency number 112, while testing of the service can begin by connecting the backend.
The department said that a distress call can be activated by pressing three times the existing power on/off button for 300 milliseconds or less than 500 milliseconds.
Some app makers are actively discussing integrating their services designed to ensure women's safety, into handsets and some brands are already making this facility available on some models.
SOURCE: ET Telecom
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