30 major organisations support Europe’s eCall efforts

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According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 78% of Europeans remain unaware of the 112 emergency number, despite the EU having created it seventeen years ago.

More than thirty major political, association and industry leaders have joined the EENA Advisory Board, which is a platform gathering the main stakeholders involved with the implementation and operation of 112:

Politicians

  • Gérard Onesta, vice president of the European Parliament
  • Dimitrios Papadimoulis, member of the European Parliament
  • Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, member of the European Parliament
  • Marc Tarabella, Minister of Formation, Wallonia region, Belgium
  • Diana Wallis, vice president of the European Parliament

Professional users & associations

  • e911 Institute
  • Federation of the European Union Fire Officer Associations (FEU)
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
  • Nordic International Network for Safety and Security (NINSS)
  • United Nations Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (UN-PPEW)
    World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) – European regional office

Solution providers

  • Amper Homeland Security
  • Andrew Corp
  • ATX
  • Cisco
  • Microsoft Public Safety
  • Omnitor
  • Openwave
  • PlantCML
  • Positron Public Safety Systems
  • TechnoCom Corp
  • Siemens
  • True Position

Observers

  • The Cellular Emergency Alert Systems Association (CEASA)
  • European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)
  • European Union of the Deaf (EUD)
  • Rvarium

Through a new committee organisation operating under direction from the Advisory Board, EENA intends to promote the European emergency number 112 by launching a Europe-wide 112 Community Education project, create a network of 112 First Responders active in their countries via EENA 112 Chapters, contribute to official legislative documents related to 112, and improve recognition of and response to 112 calls through a 112 Excellence Centre project.

"Our whole emergency communications and response service today is facing great challenges," said Olivier Paul-Morandini, president & founder of EENA. "Caller-location is still not available to several emergency services, multilingual calls are not appropriately handled, and the number of false calls to 112 remains very high due to the lack of education campaigns. As a result, intervention times are much too high with regards to what can be expected in the EU."


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