Mobile phones 'to be beneficial in emergencies'

25/02/2011

Mobile Phones To Be Beneficial In Emergencies

The importance of owning a mobile phone will soon be illustrated by the possibility of them being used to text during an emergency.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Ofcom has proposed a service that will see users sign up so that they are given the ability to send an SMS to 999 if they encounter a dangerous situation.

Some 14,500 people in the UK have taken part in a trial run of the project which has been deemed a success.

The technology is predominantly designed for those with deafness or speech impairments, but could now be rolled out to anybody, the newspaper notes.

During the trial run, mobile text messages helped in cases including strokes, child births and heart attacks, with the major advantage being that emergency services can track the device to find out more about the location a communication is coming from.

Yoshi Matsumoto and Keiji Maekawa, joint authors of the Google Mobile Blog, this week said Android handsets are now ideal mobiles as they offer plenty of search options.

Posted by Samantha Green