Plugtests validate interoperability of content-rich emergency communuications

March 10, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The 2nd edition of “Next Generation 112 (NG112) Emergency Communications Plugtests™ event in Europe” has been completed by ETSI.

Twenty companies from the emergency communications sector worked on validating the interoperability and conformity of market systems using different scenarios and test cases.

“Next Generation technology is ready for us to use. More importantly, it is future-proof as it can continuously integrate new features.” said Cristina Lumbreras, EENA Technical Director. “Emergency services need to adopt NG112 solutions, one of the best investments they can make to provide the highest quality of services to their citizens.”

While the 2016 event edition focused on voice and geo-localization solutions, the 2017 scope was extended to content-rich emergency calling, such as video calling, instant messaging and file transfers. Participants put their products to the test, gaining valuable insights from experiencing a variety of scenarios. Tested technologies included Advanced Mobile Location, PEMEA (the Pan-European Mobile Emergency Application) and more.

The event’s outcomes, and mainly the lessons learned, will contribute significantly to the further development of Next Generation systems and, as a result, to the improvement of emergency response in Europe and the world.

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 NG112 Communications Plugtests™ event was organized by ETSI and its Emergency Telecommunications special committee (EMTEL), and EENA (the European Emergency Number Association), and saw a testing campaign based on the use cases developed by ETSI and EENA. The event is supported by the European Commission.

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