The majority of Saudi citizens and residents remain reluctant to buy an emergency distress device, which sends distress signals in areas where there is no coverage of mobile phone networks, such as the many-year-old Saudi newspapers.
Although the annual subscription fee is only 50 riyals, the price of the device, which is about 2,000 riyals , is a major reason for the residents of the kingdom not to buy it.
With the start of the annual Saudi season of travel and tourism, which comes during the winter season, the CITC calls on the Kingdom's residents every year to take part in the search and rescue services for individuals and to purchase the service.
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The government agency called on Wednesday to re-use the service, but the response is limited after years of launching the service, which depends on the distress device to send a distress signal via satellite to the concerned parties, which can in turn through that reference to locate the student distress.
In 2015, there were only 6 people registered in the service, and it is not believed that the number has increased significantly since then, despite the absence of official statistics, since the prices of the device are high despite the annual subscription licenses.
The call of the new body did not receive a little interaction in the social networking sites, while linking the owners of commercial communication centers that sell the distress device between the high price and lack of appetite to buy it.
A number of residents, who are keen to acquire safety means in their travels in the kingdom, prefer to buy the Thuraya satellite, which also allows the holder to make regular calls, unlike the distress device whose role is only to send satellite signals.
The emergency device is used only in emergency situations, and in areas where public communication networks are not available, where the device data and the applicant information are recorded in a form. This information is entered into the search and rescue service system associated with the Ministry of the Interior and the General Authority for Civil Aviation The competent authorities in search and rescue in the Kingdom to identify the student distress and locate the information transmitted through satellite to the search and rescue center.
The emergency distress mode is used by the emergency distress device holder to press the distress call button. The device sends a 406 MHz satellite distress signal to the Cospas-Sarsat system, This signal and coordinates of the caller's location are converted to the Kingdom's Search and Rescue Center.
The advice on the acquisition of satellite-related devices is a list of expert advice for people in the vast Saudi desert who will not be able to rely on their mobile phones, and will not be able to make any contact in areas where there is no coverage of the telephone network, Available then.