M2M specialist successfully demos eCall functionality in its specialised automotive modules.

Rome, 25 March 2010 – Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and a subsidiary of Telit Communications PLC, has declared the successful implementation of eCall in-band modem capability into its GE864-Quad-Automotive V2 module. eCall is the EU-driven pan-European vehicle emergency call system which will greatly reduce emergency services response times. Telit’s worldwide customers in the telematics and automotive industry will benefit from integrated eCall functionality in all ruggedized GE864-Quad-Automotive V2 modules as the most economical overall solution in the market.

The integration of the in-band modem reference code for IVS (in vehicle system) into the Telit module GE864-Quad Automotive V2 marks a milestone in the research activities by Telit. ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) standardised eCall patterns were successfully decoded by the GE864 on a simulated downlink channel and demodulated by the device.

"Telit has a remarkable track record in developing innovative M2M solutions for the automotive industry, proven by numerous patent applications and certifications like ISO/TS16949. Our vision is to enhance the transformation of cars into safe, intelligent and networked vehicles. Our extensive R&D activities regarding eCall are a substantial part of this. We put a lot effort during the last years developing eCall in-band modem capability to support the public goal of helping to save lives on roads," explains Dominikus Hierl, Managing Director Strategic Accounts & Corporate Business Development at Telit Communications PLC. "Our renowned GE864-Quad-Automotive module has the eCall functionality that will ultimately enable automakers to integrate this capability in all vehicles."

Saving lives through fast response

According to Juniper Research the automotive industry remains the most promising M2M area despite the ongoing downturn. eCall implementation is the key driver for this growth. In the EU 40,000 people are killed every year with more than 1.2 million injured. Economic loss caused by road accidents is estimated at €160 billion per year. eCall has the potential to save 2,500 lives and €26 billion each year across Europe.

In case of an accident, the eCall can be generated either manually or automatically through the activation of in-vehicle sensors, an E112 cellular voice call is automatically established. The eCall-enabled vehicle system will then create a 112-voice connection with the relevant Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Additionally, the PSAP operator will also receive a Minimum Set of Data, including location, time, and vehicle description.

The eSafety Forum – a joint initiative of the European Commission and many industrial and other stakeholders – has promoted the introduction of eCall standards and all relevant requirements. 2010 marks the start of the installation of emergency call systems (IVS) in all vehicles. The European commission expects full implementation by 2014. Current financial constraints in a number of states of the EU lead to a delay of the pilot start.