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14/03/2016

ETSI and EENA launch the first emergency communications interoperability Plugtests in Europe

Improving emergency communications in Europe!


Sophia Antipolis, 14 March 2016: The first Next Generation 112 (NG112) Emergency Communications Plugtest in Europe is launched today by ETSI and its Emergency Telecommunications (EMTEL) special committee and EENA (the European Emergency Number Association). The aim of the event is to trial independently and jointly all components of the 112 communication chain based on Next Generation networks.

Companies from around the world, including Asia, Europe, and North America, will have the opportunity to connect their equipment to the test infrastructure and test their solutions on-site from the ETSI headquarters in Sophia-Antipolis, France, as well as from their own labs.

“In emergency communications, interoperability is key and this is a great opportunity for solution providers in the field to put their products to the test. The success of the event does not rely only on the individual performances, but on the lessons learned collectively, and the knowledge we will gain with the aim of improving emergency response for citizens.” mentioned Cristina Lumbreras, EENA Technical Director.

Different topics will be addressed, including Location Based Emergency Call Routing, Policy Based Emergency Call Routing, and Next Generation Media Types.

This is a unique chance for solution providers of emergency communications equipment to test their products against different implementations and scenarios and maximize the effectiveness of emergency communications solutions in Next Generation environments.

The event is supported by the European Commission.

About the NG112 Emergency Communications Plugtest

The concept of "Next Generation 112" (NG112) has been identified as a potential answer to the increasing requirements and demands of content-rich emergency calling. The interoperability of such NG112 products and services has not been tested in Europe previously leading to this ideal opportunity. This NG112 Emergency Communications Plugtests™ event will see a testing campaign based on the use cases developed by ETSI and EENA. It will take place from 14-18 March 2016, in Sophia-Antipolis, France.

About EENA

EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.

The EENA memberships include more than 1200 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 75 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.

About ETSI

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose almost 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 64 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

Contact:

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Email: claire.boyer@etsi.org

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EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.

The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.