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
The Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience (DRIVER) project is being relaunched as DRIVER+.
The Driver Project originally launched in May 2014 and was funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The original project worked to help emergency management practitioners cope with current and future challenge due to increasingly severe consequences of natural disasters and terrorist threats by the development of uptake of innovative solutions that address operational needs.
To kick off the relaunch of the project, all partners met in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 25 – 27 September for a meeting that set the stage for the next years of activities. The meeting also facilitated discussions with invited European Union funded projects, initiatives and practitioner organizations on concrete opportunities for collaboration in the near future.
The project aims to deliver the following by April 2020, the end date of the project:
• A pan-European test bed for crisis management capability development will enable practitioners to create a space in which stakeholders can collaborate in testing and evaluating new products, tools, processes or organizations solutions.
• A portfolio of solutions (PoS) in the form of database-driven website will aim to document all DRIVER+ solutions. These will be tested via trials during the project lifetime. Ultimately, the PoS will be opened up to any external organizations willing to share data and experience of solutions.
• A shared understanding in crisis management across Europe, through the enhancement of the cooperation framework will be achieved, amongst other methods, by building a dedicated Community of Practice in Crisis Management (CoPCM), closely aligned to and supporting the Community of Users (CoU) initiative from DG Home and the Disaster Risk management Knowledge Center.
To achieve all of that, a series of events, each serving a particular set of objectives will be organized during the project’s lifetime. Benefiting from the DRIVER+ test bed components, four trials will be organized to operationalize and test the solutions, and the results will be stored in the PoS. The trials will be based on updated crisis management gaps and practitioner needs.
The main gaps and needs identified so far are cross-border tasking and resource management, high-level coordination, volunteer management and situation assessment and logistics. Towards the end of the project a final demonstration will showcase the selected solutions and demonstrate the added value when the European level is brought into operation.
Also, in order to strengthen the policy research dialogue on research and demonstration activities in crisis management and to increase the EU added value of the DRIVER+ trials, policy research roundtables will take place and will involve policymakers before the trials and final demonstration. This will allow discussion on potential EU policies to be addressed and the involvement of DG Home and DG ECHO/ERCC staff members. There will also be roundtables after the events to allow discussions on the results and the potential policy implications.
To complement the activities, two editions of the Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) event will be organized in Warsaw and Copenhagen so as to address crisis management practitioners and stakeholders at a regional level, therefore providing a relay towards the EU level and complementing initiatives such as the CoU. A final conference will be organized in Brussels to communicate on the final project results.
Between DRIVER and DRIVER+, the project structure has been simplified to clearly link the objective and the results of the project and to improve the path towards successful implementation of the project plans. To reflect the new architecture of the project, the leadership and project management team have changed, some partners have left and some new partners have joined the consortium.
In addition, the involvement of external stakeholders, crisis management experts, practitioners and solution providers has been significantly enhanced. DRIVER+ is resolutely open to the external world and its success will largely depend on its capacity to develop strong links with external collaborators. To achieve this, DRIVER+ will foster the formation of the CoPM, linking existing crisis management networks and organizing events especially tailored to that purpose.
The RAYNET-UK Exhibitions Team have been busy this week attending the Emergency Services Show which was held at NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 20th and tomorrow Thursday 21st of September. If you are visiting the show, pop over and say hi at Stand W16.
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, told an audience at Ham Radio 2017 (Friedrichshafen) that he is "deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe." Beattie said that Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are "made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of interference -- be it electrical interference or intruders in the amateur bands." Beattie said the IARU "is deeply involved in the work of the international standards organizations, arguing for common sense in the setting of emission standards for electrical and electronic devices." He cited solar photovoltaic arrays, wind generators, digital devices, VDSL+ and wireless power transfer technology as areas of current concern. "Some would say that even with the work we are involved in on standards, much of the radio spectrum is becoming unusable in the suburban environment," Beattie said, "and I have sympathy with this view."
Credit: Southgate Amateur Radio News
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