SOS Alarm

Blocking Fake Emergency Calls

SOS Alarm, which operates the emergency number 112 in Sweden, wants new technology to block false alarms.

A recent study reveals that one call in five to 112 is not for an emergency. According to the newspaper “Sydsvenska Dagbladet” virtually all of the fake calls are from numbers that lack subscriber information. For example, they can remove the SIM cards from their mobile phones, which still allows calls to 112.

SAS Alarm wants telephone companies to install filters so that such calls are diverted to answering machines where, if they are really emergency calls, they can be routed back to the emergency call center.

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