The Europe’s nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS (EMYNOS) project final demonstration took place 31 January in Bucharest, Romania, with the support of Romanian Special Telecommunications Service (STS). After two years of progress, the next-generation emergency communications services was successfully integrated with the legacy emergency system managed by STS.
Next-generation emergency communications components such as rich media, support for persons with disabilities and improved caller location were tested via a variety of uses cases and scenarios including:
• Pure next-generation 1-1-2 (NG 1-1-2) calls with caller location, audio, video, real-time text and sensor data
• Emergency calls from assistive technologies and haptic devices
• Emergency calls over satellite
• NG 1-1-2 calls toward emergency legacy systems
The demonstration involved more than 35 external participants from public authorities, actors of emergency communications services and representatives of the National Deaf Association from Romania.
The results generated as part of EMYNOS are expected to become a starting point for further activities in the context of research, development, integration and testing of next-generation emergency services. In addition, the outcomes of the project should become an incentive to regulators and users to respectively enforce the necessary policies and speed up deployment of such services.
Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has announced that its eCall wireless communications test platform is the first to be certified by an independent test body.
From 1 April onward, car makers are required to equip new vehicles for sale in the EU with an eCall module. In the event of a serious accident, this automatically sends data to the universal European emergency phone number, 112, to facilitate faster response from medical, police and fire crews.
CETECOM has been officially designated as a technical service for eCall by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. The independent consulting and testing firm has examined the implementation of the eCall test public safety answering point (PSAP) in R&S’ CMW-KA094 solution and certified it as compliant with the CEN EN 16454:2015 standard.
R&S says its compact system can be used for reproducible end-to-end functional tests and standard-compliant conformance tests of eCall and ERA-Glonass modules (the latter describes the accident emergency response system that uses Russia’s version of GPS, the Global Navigation Satellite System) Car makers and suppliers use these tests to check whether the installed modem properly initiates an emergency call in the event of a motor vehicle accident, correctly acquires the relevant data and sends it via the mobile network, and is able to establish a voice connection to the PSAP.
R&S adds that it is also developing test features for eCall over LTE, and making the corresponding solution fit for testing new vehicle telematics units.
Credit: Rohde & Schwarz
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