Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Revised "In Case of Emergency" ICE standard

The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has adopted a revised form of the ICE "In Case of Emergency" procedure already used in some countries. Mobile phone users had previously been encouraged to store an emergency contact in their mobile phone prefixed with the letters ICE ("In Case of Emergency"). The new ITU standard recommends prefixing contact details with the numbers 01, 02, 03 and so on - making it more appropriate for non-English speaking people. The ITU is working with the ICE4SAFETY non-profit organisation to promote this new way of identifying an emergency contact. [Press release]

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