EU: eCall trial by NXP, BMW and others successfully completed

The Pan-European eCall Trial of NXP and Partners concluded on 25 November 2010, in Brussels.

Thousands of eCalls sent in 16 EU countries proved that on-board systems are ready for European emergency system. Juhani Jääskeläinen from the European Commission and Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, joined the Grand Finish of the pan-EuropeaneCall Trial.

The trial, which was initiated by NXP Semiconductors involved major industry players including BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Deutsche Telekom, Dekra, and European automobile clubs such as Touring, ANBW, AvD, and UAMK.

Three cars equipped with NXP’s telematics solution ATOP (Automotive Telematics On-Board Unit Platform) drove a total of 16,000 kilometers through sixteen different EU countries.

During a two-week period, the telematics boxes sent out 15,000 eCalls via the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners; the eCalls were received and processed by IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, and BMW servers or call centres.

The trial reached its official conclusion with a public finish at the eSafety Forum in Brussels, where the three cars arrived two weeks after departing from Madrid, Athens and Helsinki, respectively.

On their way to the final destination of Brussels, the three BMWs regularly sent test eCalls in each country they crossed, demonstrating that the technology is capable of working across borders, regardless of which standards (SMS-based or in-band modem) prevail locally.

BMW is one of the pioneers of implementing telematics systems. The Advanced Assist eCall solution is available in all BMW models and is already in place.

Image and article courtesy: Ertico.

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