Luxembourg Becomes First EU Member State Ready For eCall

Luxembourg has successfully completed the eCall conformity assessment, thereby becoming the first EU Member State to declare itself ready to implement eCall. This assessment was carried out under the umbrella of the EU-funded I_HeERO Project, which aims to conclude the upgrades needed for EU Member States to comply with the legal requirement of preparing for eCall’s launch on 1 October 2017.

Luxembourg, an I_HeERO project partner, completed the assessment under the supervision of NavCert GbmH, leader of the conformity assessment activities in the EU-funded I_HeERO project. I_HeERO’s Technical Implementation Officer, ERTICO’s Andy Rooke, confirmed this important technical milestone: “Luxembourg’s successful compliance assessment is excellent news and will prompt the remaining Member States to go forward with their conformity assessments.”

eCall technology will be mandatory for all types of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in the EU after April 2018. This EU initiative will allow emergency services to respond quicker, saving hundreds of lives each year. The I_HeERO project seeks to ensure that the EU Member States Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) are ready to handle 112 eCalls. By extending the reach of eCall to include other scenarios, such as hazardous goods vehicles, it is now looking at integrating the next generation of 112 eCall technologies.

The I_HeERO project, running from January 2015 – December 2017, aims to prepare the PSAP infrastructure for the introduction of pan-European eCall. It also intends to boost Member State investment in the PSAP infrastructure and interoperability of the service, prepare Member States for the deployment of eCall for Hazardous Goods Vehicles (including Dangerous Goods), Long Distance Buses, Coaches and eCall for Powered Two Wheeled machines (PTW). The project will perform PSAP Conformity Assessments and looks at advancements in the management of data and next generation 112.

The I_HeERO project operates in 11 EU Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia) and includes about 100 commercial partners and Associated Partners.