Emergency call at boot time functionality (was Re: Windows CE on freerunner)

Lothar Behrens lothar.behrens at lollisoft.de
Fri Aug 22 12:51:59 CEST 2008

Am Freitag, den 22.08.2008, 21:48 +1200 schrieb robin paulson:
> Lothar Behrens wrote:
> > besides of WindowsCE and I don't like it on my phone for dayly use, I 
> > like to ask another question:
> > 
> > There were some comments when booting Linux it take about 2-3 minutes. 
> > And the commentary was
> > 'How to take an emergency call ?'
> > 
> > Would such a specialized uImage.bin able to manage such an emergency call ?
> > 
> > If so, why not developing such a secondary image and change the power on 
> > screen by adding an emergency
> > button and let the user the change to do so ?
> > 
> > I think, this is very important.
> it's a nice idea, something like the splashtop[1] BIOS used in asus 
> motherboards?
> problem is, you're relying on people thinking clearly, being able to 
> make good logical decisions and correctly choosing the environment to 
> boot into on startup. unfortunately, this is the last thing most people 
> can do in the sort of high-stress situation which typically demands an 
> emergency call.
> if you study some mobiles, they are able to make emergency calls without 
> unlocking the screen, because manufacturers realise people can't even 
> manage that simple task when they panic, even something they may do 20 
> times a day
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splashtop

I have talked about boot options. At this time there is no locking
screen. Simply there should be a button to bypass the normal boot by
pressing and go into an emergency mode.

This way only 8 seconds may be remaining until a emergency call would be
possible. Not 2 minutes.

The unlock screen may have a top left area and a top right area. Right
would be normal unlock and left maybe emergency call.

You must have a lock, since otherwise you may accidantly issue an
emergency call.


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