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European eCall Trial

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NXP BMW Allianz Dekra AVD IBM Telekom Touring UMAK ANWB

NXP & Partners send eCall on a tour through Europe

On November 25th, three eCall cars crossed the finishing line in Brussels! The cars have accomplished the final stretch of the tour under the watchful eyes of Kurt Sievers, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NXP's Automotive business unit, Juhani Jääskeläinen from the European Commission and Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, together with the companies that have helped to stage the trial. After a warm welcome all participants celebrated the successful trial in a big final event.

The event has been part of the eSafety Forum in Brussels, attended by European safety experts. The results of the field trial have also been presented to representatives of the European Commission in Brussels. These findings prove that the eCall system can operate throughout Europe and works independently of the national standards that are already in place.

NXP's engagement on eCall and initiative to conduct the trial was strongly supported by major industry players including BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Deutsche Telekom, Dekra, and European automobile clubs such as Touring, ANWB, AvD, UAMK and experts from all over Europe. The European Union is strongly promoting the introduction of vehicle-based emergency calls for all new vehicles as soon as possible.

The trial was finished at the eSafety Forum in Brussels, where the three cars have arrived two weeks after departing from Madrid, Athens and Helsinki, respectively. On their way to the final destination, the three BMWs regularly sent test eCalls in each country they crossed, demonstrating that the technology is capable of working across borders, regardless of which standards (SMS-based or in-band modem) prevail locally.

And these are the final results of the eCall trial:
On January 26, NXP was invited to present the field trial results at ERTICO eCall workshop in Brussels. The three cars equipped with NXP's telematics solution ATOP (Automotive Telematics On-Board Unit Platform) drove a total of 16,000 kilometers through sixteen different EU countries. During a two-week period, the telematics boxes sent out 15,000 eCalls via the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners; the eCalls were received and processed by IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, and BMW servers or call centers.

Click here for detailed results description (presentation January 26 at Ertico eCall Forum in Brussels, Patrick Pype, Director European Affairs at NXP)

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Finishing Event in Brussels, November 25th (click here)

What is eCall?

eCall is a European Union backed technology initiative designed to save lives by enabling emergency services to respond more quickly to road traffic accidents (golden hour rule). The system initiates an emergency call using an integral communications system based on the standard mobile telephone network.

  • Automatically calls emergency services following collision
  • Immediately sends GPS location and provides voice connection
  • Enables rapid emergency response, saving thousands of lives a year

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What is ATOP?

Everything you need to implement eCall in a single package

ATOP is an all-in-one 'black box' from NXP which contains all of the components required to equip a vehicle with eCall technology. The box contains electronics for:

  • Mobile telephone voice and data connection
  • GPS location sensors
  • Link to vehicles other electronic systems (such as collision detection sensors)
  • Processing and storage capacity to run additional applications
  • Even provides additional security measures to protect privacy if extended dada should be submitted

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IBM & eCall

IBM eCall III IBM eCall VP More than 20 years ago, IBM invented Enterprise Messaging to connect distinct computer systems running in data centers. Over the past years, IBM has developed Pervasive Messaging technologies with a smaller footprint, for wireless networks and devices with limited computing power, such as mobile phones, on-board units for cars, meters, and sensors.

eCall uses IBMs Messaging Technologies, the market leader in messaging products, for fast, reliable, and secure messaging from the accident car via data centers to emergency help desks or support call centers and for the integration and augmentation of data.

The processing of eCall in call centers and the initiation of emergency and breakdown services, are supported by the statistical analysis of incidents using IBM Data Analysis tools.

AllianzOrtungsServices & eCall

During the development and integration of the eCall software, Allianz OrtungsServices (AOS) took a leading role with its LBS and GPS LifeService112 Platform, the best basis for the successful introduction of eCall.

AOS organizes the information transport to the German PSAPs (last mile), with no central eCall PSAP necessary (but possible).

AllianzOrtungsServices provides:

  • Easy implementation for OEM and Supplier
    • Open and neutral technology (SMS, UMTS, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN etc.)
    • Car manufactures can select which protocol and encryption of data they prefer
    • Suitable solutions for each car model (low range – high range)
  • System
    • Easy handling of release management due to one central system
    • Possibility to connect the system to other backend applications
    • One central system for the VIN decoder
    • High stability (is currently proved in field and mass test)

IBM Netherlands Interview

Eric-Mark Huitema, IBM S&D, European Smarter Transportation Leader Member of the Global Intelligent Transportation Solutions (ITS) Board

1. Can you say why your company is involved in eCall in general?

For IBM smarter transportation and in particular driver safety is a key issue, which we want to help solve with ICT.

2. Can you briefly describe your part in the eCall trial?

Our involvement is the end to end back office and customer/ emergency operator interface.

3. Why do you support this project?

The future of connected cars - which will give a better end-user /- driver experience - is crucial for smarter city transportation. Users can take the fastest, least congested roads based on real-time multimodal (people and car) information. This will improve the livability and the economic performance of a city. And this is the objective of our smarter city strategy. Driving safely is an essential part of this strategy and fully aligns with EU plans for eCall.

4. What results of the trial do you expect?

We expect governments, drivers, car makers and road associations to see the benefits of eCall after showing how it works and how we will save lives together with our partners.

Jürgen Bartz, AllianzOrtungsServices

Jürgen Bartz, AllianzOrtungsServices

1. Can you say why your company is involved in eCall in general?

Allianz OrtungsServices GmbH, or AOS for short, has been working with telematics in emergency call management ever since 2005. We’ve been operating a platform for localization down cell phones since 2006, which is used by almost every public safety answering point in Germany. Cell phone localization is possible thanks to interfaces to the mobile network operator (e.g. Deutsche Telekom) via and GPS localization via Apps for mobile phones. AOS adapted the system back in 2008 to be able to process emergency calls made from automobiles internationally. Moreover, being the winner of the European “Golden Ice” bidding AOS has proved with the help of some other European companies that the eCall system can also be employed across national borders. AOS would like to speed up the European Commission’s eSafety initiative by harmonizing different processes, needs, and systems and passing these on as uniform data records for emergency calls. A public safety answering point shouldn’t have to decide whether an emergency call is being made from a cell phone or a vehicle. The processes are therefore always the same; it’s only the content that differs..

AOS runs an open platform that enables various connections to be made for the automotive and mobile phone industries. It wishes to act as an independent body for the automotive sector, mobile carriers, and rescue networks.

2. Can you briefly describe your part in the eCall trial?

AOS has been receiving, decoding, visualizing, and transmitting the processed emergency call data records directly to local rescue coordination centers ever since 2006. It regards itself as an information supplier and a body that adapts the different processes and technologies used by various communications providers and rescue coordination centers. In AOS’s view, the European eCall trial is not simply a field trial, but a serious test of a proven platform that has been in use for many years. Its aim is to show the general public how the system can be employed in daily life.

3. Why do you support this project?

German rescue coordination centers have been making use of the AOS platform in the event of emergencies ever since 2006. As a result, numerous lives have been saved to date. AOS supports the European eCall trial in a bid to call on third parties to utilize its platform. These include the international control centers and carmakers, of course. The latter will have to equip all their new vehicles with an automatic emergency call facility shortly. And there’s the after-sales market, too, which will enable existing car owners to get eCall equipment retrofitted.

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