SOS is regarded as an international Morse code which is used as a distress signal (• • • – – – • • •). It is used as a marking for transmissions of a message requesting help in case a person is in danger or needs immediate assistance.
Besides describing the meaning behind the full form of SOS, this article tends to highlight some interesting facts of it.
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It was conceptualized on April 1, 1905, by the German government in radio regulations. It became the worldwide standard after it was included in the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention and became effective from the year 1908. SOS was used as the maritime radio distress signal, but in 1999, it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety. However, SOS is still recognized as a visual distress signal.
Composition of SOS
The SOS distress signal is a string of three dots, three dashes, and three dots, all run together without any spaces or full stops between letters. The three dots form the letter ‘S’, and three dashes make the letter ‘O’ In International Morse Code, so “SOS” was accepted an easy way to remember the order of the dots and dashes. SOS is the only 9-element signal in Morse code, making it more easily identifiable, as no other symbol uses less than 10 elements.
The code was historically used by the ships to signal danger later on it was associated with Save Our Ship or Save Our Souls to remember the correct pattern of letters (SOS) of the code. So, in reality, SOS does not stand for anything.
SOS is one of several ways to depict the combination; for example, IJS, SMB, VTB, and IWB, all produce the same sound; but SOS is just the easiest to remember.
The phone companies were directed by the Department of Telecom to add the panic button on every smartphone and feature phones in order to remove barriers that tend to slow down the process of receiving help. With this new tool in smartphones, women, children or senior citizens can reach out to their family members for help at the press of a button without unlocking the phone.