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Xiamen's locator signboards in an emergency

Updated: 06 Sep 2010
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A “110 Emergency Call Locator Sign”, which is an initiative in the country to help police accurately locate callers in an emergency situation, has been widely installed in Xiamen’s streets, tunnels, scenic spots, residential quarters and public venues since 2007.
  
Citizens who are in trouble and need support from police can dial 110 to call the police by reporting the number on the sign. Police will immediately know the exact location of the sign and reach the spot promptly.
 
According to the Xiamen Public Security Bureau, a total of 30,000 locator signboards will be installed at every corner of Xiamen. People can find the nearest locator signboard within no more than 200 steps from anywhere within the six districts of the city.  
 
With this kind of coding system, police can pinpoint your location in an instant. Help will be dispatched from the nearest police post or patrolling police cars.  
 
There is a 7-number code on the top of a signboard. Take the one in Siming District as an example. The code of the signboard is “1144221”, the 1st number (1) represents the Siming District; the 2nd and 3rd numbers (14) represent the Yundang Police Post; the next three numbers (422) suggest the specific location of the signboard, and the last number is either “1” (which means the signboard is on the road) or “0” (which means the signboard is located in residential areas).
 
A "110 Emergency Call Locator Sign" inside a tunnel in Xiamen 
 
With this kind of coding system, police can pinpoint your location in an instant. Help will be dispatched from the nearest police post or patrolling police cars.
   
The “110 Emergency Call Locator Sign” was the first of its kind in China and has been approved by the Fujian Provincial Public Security Department, who decided to promote it in the whole province.
 
According to Xiamen 110 Emergency Call Headquarters, since September 2003, the Xiamen Public Security Bureau has been recruiting volunteer translators and launched police call services in diverse languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese.
 
SOURCE: WOX Info
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