electronica 2010, MUNICH, GERMANY: NXP Semiconductors N.V. and its partners launched a pan-European field trial of the eCall emergency system, which automatically calls emergency operators in the event of a road accident.
eCall sends vital data such as the time of the accident and the GPS coordinates of the accident point, and the number of vehicle occupants to a Public Safety Accident Point (PSAP). The goal of eCall is to reduce the time it takes emergency services to arrive at the accident scene by 40 to 50 percent according to the place of accident, thus reducing car accident victims by up to 2,500 lives a year, reducing the seriousness of injuries, and potentially saving an estimated EUR 26 billion a year.
Taking part in this field trial alongside NXP are organizations representing essential parts of the rescue chain, including partners BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, DEKRA, and Deutsche Telekom, as well as automobile clubs AvD, Touring and UAMK.
The pan-European eCall trial kicked off on November 10 with three cars starting from Madrid, Athens and Helsinki. Within two weeks, the three cars will drive to Brussels, where the closing event of the eSafety Forum will be held on November 25, 2010.
Each one of the vehicles is equipped with a small onboard telematics unit based on NXP technology. During the 10,000 kilometer journey, the telematics unit will send out test emergency calls at regular intervals, which will be analyzed by servers from IBM, and will be sent to Allianz OrtungsServices and the BMW call center.
The trial intends to show that eCall is not dependent on the present standards used; that it functions reliably across all European borders; and that the telematics solution is compatible with given EU eCall standards. The EU drives solutions based on an in-band modem.