GPS emergency call standards

Lothar Behrens lothar.behrens at
Tue Feb 24 16:44:20 CET 2009

Even if the GPS location is not actually got, the phone software in  
that case
could activate GPS automatically. When GPS has a fix the app could  
assist in
taking another call or, if no reaction of the user do it automatically.

Navit could be used to locate the city and street near the location  
and this could be

The human in danger then only has to accept to do the followup call,  
nothing more.
In case all is fine he/she could dismiss.

Doing all the combination of locating and navit, will help in the  
typical situation
one isn't really in the position to 'think' about what to tell to the  

There are several articles and at least one I have read or have seen  
about doing
emergency calls in carcrash for sample with the car - GPS application.

Would that help ?


Am 24.02.2009 um 15:30 schrieb Pander:

> Tilman Baumann wrote:
>> Am 24.02.2009 um 12:38 schrieb Helge Hafting:
>>> Tilman Baumann wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I'm just wondering if there are any open standards for emergency
>>>> services for location.
>>>> I'm thinking about services like
>>>> (European, websites in other languages should be available)
>>>> A SMS to the respective emergency (112, 911) number containing the
>>>> GPS position could be a start, but then someone has to read it.
>>>> I would guess there is a standard for a computer readable format.
>>>> Building a emergency call app would be a nice thing to have.
>>>> PS: According to Wikipedia, 112 works on all GSM networks no matter
>>>> if
>>>> the number is a emergency number in tie state.
>>> If you have the gps coordinates, just tell them over the phone as  
>>> you
>>> make the call. They will use it if they have gps eqipment, which is
>>> likely.
>> As log as you are able to do so.
>> I'm more thinking about something like a machine readable side  
>> channel
>> paralel to a regular emergency call.
>> BTW. the German ADAC is completely helpless if you provide them GPS
>> coordinates.
>>> Automating this seems dangerous in that your SMS to the
>>> emergency service is delayed by a few minutes as the phone  
>>> struggle to
>>> get the first fix. When you talk, you can fall back on other
>>> descriptions of the place (addresses, road names) if coordinates
>>> aren't
>>> available.
>> Depends, when a GPS fix is made it will be much more precise and
>> quicker.
>> And there seems to be a standard for cars to make automatic emergency
>> calls on accidents.
>> It is called eCall and no technical information is to be found... :)
> The notification part sending data can be reused with/from
> Uploading GSM cell info, GPS coordinates, USB IDs, voice recordings,  
> etc.
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