Operations | 2017-05-17

Frequentis, A1 and Gemalto to Carry Out First End-to-end eCall in Austria

Source: MCCResources

Together with A1, network provider, and Gemalto, supplier of solutions for automotive and IoT-applications, the company presented Austria’s first end-to-end eCall in one continuous communication chain.

The test run took place at the Frequentis headquarters on March 28. The entire process, from triggering an actual eCall up to the data processing in the emergency call centre, was demonstrated. The eCall was triggered by a test vehicle equipped with Gemalto components (eCall Demo In-Vehicle System) that communicated the life-saving data the command centre would need in case of an actual crash.

At first glance, an eCall seems like a ‘normal’ voice call. However, the details show that further crash data (GPS position, time of the accident, vehicle data, number of persons) is communicated simultaneously. Even if the accident victim is unconscious, finds it hard to communicate (e.g. language), or cannot give precise details due to the accident-related shock, the automated emergency call still reaches its target – the emergency control centre!

Assistance in the first hour (“golden hour”) is crucial for the survival of a severely injured person. The additional data shortens the rescue chain by up to 50 percent.

Picture: Courtesey of Frequentis