TRAI rec­om­mends 112 as sin­gle emer­gency num­ber for In­dia

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The tele­com reg­u­la­tor has pro­posed a sin­gle num­ber, 112, to be used for all emer­gency phone calls across the coun­try in­clud­ing for po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance, mod­elled on the lines of the all-in-one emer­gency num­ber 911 in the United States.

If the pro­posal is im­ple­mented, the gov­ern­ment will in­te­grate all ex­ist­ing emer­gency num­bers – 100, 101, 102 and 108 – into the pro­posed helpline num­ber 112.

“This new num­ber may be pop­u­lar­ized ex­ten­sively through a public aware­ness cam­paign by the gov­ern­ment,” Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (TRAI) said in a state­ment.

The reg­u­la­tor also said that the ex­ist­ing emer­gency num­bers could be re­tained as sec­ondary num­bers. If any call is made to th­ese num­bers, the call should be di­rected to the new sin­gle emer­gency num­ber 112, TRAI said.

Even if out­go­ing call fa­cil­ity from a phone has been de­barred or the ser­vice has been tem­po­rar­ily suspended, users will be able to make calls on 112 from their mo­bile or land­line phones, ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal. An SMS-based ac­cess to the new emer­gency num­ber, in which tele­com op­er­a­tors may be asked to pro­vide lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion of the de­vice from where SMS has been sent, can also be pro­vided, the reg­u­la­tor said.

TRAI has also rec­om­mended set­ting up of public safety an­swer­ing points (PSAP) to han­dle dis­tress calls. Un­der the new sys­tem, the gov­ern­ment may set up a re­sponse man­age­ment sys­tem un­der PSAP which will co­or­di­nate dis­patch­ing of emer­gency ser­vice.

The pro­posed PSAP will have var­i­ous sys­tems in­clud­ing a fa­cil­ity to au­to­mat­i­cally di­rect in­com­ing calls to a free call taker and lo­ca­tion-track­ing sys­tem with an in­ter­face to plot in­com­ing lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion on a map, show­ing all nearby land­marks and re­sources. Re­sponse re­sources such as PCR vans, fire en­gines and am­bu­lances should be fit­ted with GPS to trans­mit lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion to a PSAP.

Free mo­bile apps may take a toll on your smart­phone

Free mo­bile apps with ads drain your smart­phone’s bat­tery faster, cause it to run slower, and use more net­work data, sci­en­tists have found. When com­pared to apps with­out ads, the re­searchers found that apps with ads use an av­er­age of 16 per cent more en­ergy. That low­ers the bat­tery life of a smart­phone from 2.5 to 2.1 hours on av­er­age.

Re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Rochester In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (RIT), and Queen's Uni­ver­sity in Canada said that a phone’s cen­tral pro­cess­ing unit (CPU) is like its brain – and ads eat up a lot of that brain power, slow­ing it down. Apps with ads take up an av­er­age of 48 per cent more CPU time.

Since the ads them­selves are con­tent that has to be down­loaded, apps with ads cause smartphones to use much more data - up to 100 per cent more, in some cases. On av­er­age, th­ese apps use around 79 per cent more net­work data.

The re­searchers com­pared 21 top apps from the past year – culled from a list of 10,750 that had been in the top 400 of each of Google Play’s 30 cat­e­gories from Jan­uary to Au­gust of last year. They then mea­sured their ef­fect on phones us­ing anal­y­sis tools loaded onto a Sam­sung Galaxy SII smart­phone.

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