World News: Aeris launches eCallDirect

World News:  Aeris launches eCallDirect

Aeris® has announced Aeris® eCallDirect™, a communications solution providing simultaneous, real-time, wireless voice and data connectivity for use in emergency situations.

eCallDirect enables fast, accurate and automatic call routing with data, reducing the time needed to engage an emergency responder and the processing time at the call centre.

The solution meets European eCall (in-vehicle emergency call system) requirements.

Aeris manages its specialised network infrastructure from a fully redundant network switching centre, purpose-built to eliminate latency and deliver real-time simultaneous data and voice communications. eCallDirect uses standard digital cellular protocols and services, requiring no proprietary modem hardware nor additional software license fees.

eCall provides vehicle ID, direction, location and the severity of an accident to emergency responders in the initial data communication. Response organisations, telecom providers, services providers and vehicle manufacturers are urged to undertake the necessary actions and investments to make eCall a global standard in the next few years.

According to Aeris vice president of telematics, Paul Drysch, the company is in formal evaluations and live field trials with a number of major automotive OEMs and telematics service providers in both North America and Europe.

eCallDirect technology is currently commercially available in the Aeris CDMA footprint in North America, and a European launch is planned with Aeris’s carrier partners.

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