Test and certification services for automated emergency call systems – eCall, ERA-GLONASS
In case of an accident, automated emergency call technologies like PAN European eCall and ERA-GLONASS make an automated emergency call. At the same time all relevant information, like the position of the vehicle will automatically be transferred to the next emergency center which thereupon will be able to get in touch with the driver. Various automated vehicle emergency call systems have been mandatorily introduced worldwide within the last years. Their specifications differ by nation and region.
To ensure uniform provisions for the approval of emergency call systems, the eCall regulation was set up for the European Union, the ERA-GLONASS regulation for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the UN-R 144 for approval within the UN. Compliance with these regulations must be tested and certified by authorised technical services and accredited testing laboratories in accordance with EU, UN or EAEU specifications.
Since July, 2018 7layers has been an acknowledged technical service (category A and B) for regulation (EU) 2017/79 and UN-R 144 and has approved ERA-GLONASS certification bodies through its parent company Bureau Veritas.
Depending on the country of registration, the emergency call systems require different specifications in terms of testing and certification. Some of the specifications are already aligned with each other, for example, meaning that existing ERA-GLONASS tests could be also valid for complying with UN regulations. This might avoid tests being carried out multiple times.
Types of approval
A distinction is made between the following types of approval:
- Vehicle: the approval of the vehicle with the entire emergency call component group installed
- Emergency call system: the approval of the emergency call component group
- Component: the approval of a single technical unit from the component group