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EMTEL - Emergency communications

An emergency can be anything from everyday incidents like traffic accidents or assault, to major incidents like aeroplane crashes or forest fires, to major disasters such as earthquakes or large-scale terrorist attacks. Emergency Communications - EMTEL - addresses a broad spectrum of aspects related to the use of telecom services in emergency situations.

Both public and private services benefit from the EMTEL work. These include emergency call services, caller location enhanced emergency services, telemedicine, the car industry, and specific public safety communication systems - to mention but a few examples.

ETSI is currently defining the user requirements for the four main areas of emergency communications:

  • communication from citizens to authorities/organizations (emergency calls)
  • communication between authorities/organizations (public safety comms)
  • communication from authorities/organizations to citizens (warning systems)
  • communication amongst citizens during emergencies

These user requirements will influence the development of the standards adopted by the ETSI members.

SC EMTEL Officials:
David Williams (Qualcomm UK), EMTEL Chairman
Peter Sanders (one2many) and Lars Olsson (MSB), EMTEL Vice Chairmen
Chantal Bonardi (ETSI),
EMTEL Secretary

 

News
GSC#17 (Global Standards Collaboration) has endorsed the report produced by the GSC Task Force on Emergency Communications and has agreed to continue this Task Force in order to complete the report with further regions. You can download the report here.
Monthly confcalls continue to be held to complete the second phase and deliver an updated report to GSC#18 in July 2014.

Should you be interested to participate please contact Chantal Bonardi, the Task Force Convenor

News column

Next Meeting:
SC EMTEL#31
14-15 October 2014 in Sopron (Hungary)

 

Recently published:

- TS 101 470 on Total conversation access to emergency services
- TR 102 180 v1.4.1  to include guidelines for handset design to reduce false or accidental 112/999 calls

Recent WIs:

- Rev. TR 102 180: emergency call
- Rev. TS 102 900: European PWS
- TR 103 201: Total Conversation user guide (pending EC STF approval)
- TR 103 196: Emergency location