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All new UAE vehicles to be fitted with eCall alert system

eCall will automatically connect vehicle to the emergency authorities in the event of an accident

All new UAE vehicles to be fitted with eCall alert system
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All new vehicles in the UAE will be fitted by a smart feature that automatically links to emergency services in the event of an accident.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in cooperation with Abu Dhabi and Dubai Police, announced the approval of a number of emergency centres in the UAE to support the eCall system.

All new vehicles imported to the UAE will be equipped with the feature by the beginning of 2019.

In a statement, the TRA said the new system will accelerate the accident response time by providing a sophisticated feature for rapid communication with the emergency teams.

This will reduce the level of human error in locating the accident, and achieve the highest level of integration in emergency response, the statement said.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA director general, said: "The eCall initiative is part of TRA’s mission to improve the quality of services to the people, and enhance community happiness based on the ICT sector.

"We strive to achieve leadership in the ICT infrastructure in the UAE, as well as enhance the smart lifestyle of all those living on this land. This requires innovative efforts to come up with solutions that are in line with the requirements of the era and the global developments."

The eCall system will automatically connect the vehicle to the emergency authorities. The system senses the magnitude of the accident, and immediately contact the nearest emergency centre, accurately transmitting the geographical location of the incident as well as other relevant data.

Regardless of whether the call is made automatically or manually, the eCall provides voice communication between the vehicle and the emergency centre staff, where passengers could answer questions about their condition.

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