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Automated emergency response systems
eCall and ERA-GLONASS are a European, respectively Russian initiative to combine mobile communications and satellite positioning to provide rapid assistance to motorists in the event of a collision.
The systems, the first based on GPS the latter on GLONASS, monitor in-vehicle sensors for such events as airbag deployment to automatically transmit location details and summon assistance via emergency cellular service. The motivation for both systems is the reduction of the consequences of road accidents in Europe and Russia.
With the imminent deployment of ERA-GLONASS and eCall, development of in-vehicle terminals is in full swing. The correct choice of components has a large affect on time-to-market. Important factors to consider are the supplier’s know-how and ability to support design-in requirements of GPS/GLONASS and GSM/UMTS subsystems, comprehensive software support, certification of the wireless modem, forward compatibility with future technologies, as well as the ability to deliver high-quality automotive-grade components in high-volume. u-blox provides wireless and GPS/GLONASS receiver components for both eCall and ERA-GLONASS that meet these criteria. For more details about u-blox’ solutions and test enviroment for eCall and ERA-GLONASS, contact u-blox.