The UAE General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) implemented the new eCall system, positioning the UAE as the first in the region to implement this initiative.
The system will automatically enable vehicles to call emergency services for help if involved in traffic accidents. In order to ensure network readiness, TÜV Rheinland Middle East examined the mobile networks and confirmed that they are eCall ready.
“This is a major milestone for the UAE, adding to the record of our achievements at the national level. It has proven that the infrastructure of the licensed mobile networks is able to accommodate innovative services such as the automatic eCall system. As such, connecting the vehicle with the competent authorities in the event of any road accidents. The eCall system is here to save lives, as it reduces the time to alert rescue services due to its supreme location accuracy. In addition to automatic calls, it also specifies the incident location with high accuracy. The TRA is delighted to consider the introduction of an eCall system within the nation, as an absolute necessity, in order to drastically reduce the amount of fatalities in road accidents and to achieve the 2021 goal of zero road fatalities,” said H.E. Eng. Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, UAE TRA acting director general.
The TRA has allowed TÜV Rheinland Middle East in cooperation with NavCert to conduct an assessment testing the mobile networks operated by Etisalat and du. The report results confirmed that both networks are eCall ready.
The eCall readiness of du and Etisalat was evaluated during January and February 2015 with respect to conformity and performance. The assessment was done with reference to international standards without disturbing the existing infrastructure.
“The nation’s mobile phone networks are based on the latest global technologies and technical standards. They are continuously and periodically updated, to remain compatible with the latest technological developments such as eCall, and in line with the vision of the UAE leadership, to be proactive in all areas. And in order to ensure the readiness of the network, TÜV Rheinland, as a global resource, actioned the necessary tests to authorize the readiness of the UAE networks,” said Eng. Saif bin Ghalaita, UAE TRA director of technology development department, project manager.