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UAE makes Emergency Call System mandatory in vehicles

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 14/04/2018 Staff Report
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The UAE has made Emergency Call (ECall) System mandatory in all vehicles which will help reduce the response time for vehicles hit by traffic accidents by up to 40 per cent.

Abdullah Al Maeeni, director-general of Esma, confirmed that the ECall emergency communication system will be applied in the UAE to the 2021 vehicle models, which will be delivered to the UAE market in 2020.

The UAE Cabinet adopted last week the technical regulations for the emergency communication system in vehicles "Ecall" issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma).

The first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, and the second globally after the experience of the European Union, and will be working in cooperation with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), He added.

When a collision occurs between two vehicles, or the vehicle collides with anything else, ECall operates and communicates via the vehicle's driver mobile network as a communication channel, he said.

The incident is reported at the nearest emergency point located in the vicinity of the accident by the MSD information. The MSD contains location information from the GPS system, the time of the accident, and the vehicle plate number.

"The system will enable the concerned authorities in the country to reach the site of the accident in the shortest possible time, not more than a few minutes, which we have worked on for three years, study and research, and meet with the concerned authorities in the UAE, government and private, and agencies and manufacturers of vehicles, Requirements to be met in vehicles available in the country to comply with the system," he said.

-waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com

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