GSMA signs eCall MOU

GSMA signs eCall MOU

eCall is an emergency call generated either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically via in-vehicle sensors in an emergency situation.

When activated, the eCall system establishes a voice connection with the emergency services and sends critical data including time, location, direction of travel and vehicle identification to speed up response times by the emergency services.

The MoU creates a framework for the introduction of eCall and is designed to encourage co-operation between vehicle manufacturers, telecommunications operators, the European Commission and the EU Member States, together with other relevant parties such as the insurance industry, automobile clubs and other industry partners.

While the eCall service will be offered free of charge to users, vehicle manufacturers and service providers can provide additional commercial services to supplement eCall.

"eCall is a hugely beneficial and logical step forward in EU policy-makers' attempts to reduce fatalities on European roads," said Rob Conway, GSMA CEO and board member. "The GSMA fully supports the European Commission's MoU and, by becoming a signatory, we are formalising our members' commitment to participate with other stakeholders in deploying the eCall service."

For operators, eCall can be one of the many features supported by the Embedded Mobile Initiative, a program driven by the GSMA that aims to accelerate the adoption of wireless connectivity in a wide range of devices. In addition, operators will be able to offer new value added services, such as in-car mapping applications.

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