The need for emergency telecommunications includes many scenarios ranging from a minor road traffic accident to a major incident like a passenger train crash, a terrorist incident or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.
A significant part of the Standards work related to Public Safety is in the need for emergency telecommunications.
EMTELETSI special committee EMTEL is responsible for the creation of requirements concerning emergency communication services. In 2007, the committee expects to complete its full set of specifications governing communications in times of emergency, covering communication of citizens with authorities, from authorities to citizens, between authorities and amongst citizens.
New reports on the suitability of the Short Message Service (SMS) and Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) for emergency messaging and on the requirements for emergency communications network resiliency were also published in 2006. A study of emergency calls and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is well underway and is expected to be finalised by the middle of 2007.
Project MESA (Mobility for Emergency and Safety Applications) is a transatlantic partnership project, established by ETSI and the North American Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Membership has expanded since it was first established, and Project MESA now also has members from Canada, China, India, Korea, Australia and Japan. Its charter is to produce user requirements and technical specifications for a digital mobile broadband system which will revolutionise the efficiency of first responders and rescue squads during an emergency or a disaster.
The Third Generation Partnership Project deals with a number of 3G services dedicated to public safety: the Priority Service and Multimedia Priority Service, the Voice Group Call Service (VGCS) for public authority officials, the transferring of emergency call data and the Public Warning System.
3GPPTM specifications already support the high-level requirements identified for Priority Service, and 3GPPTM is now augmenting the existing standards for Multimedia Priority.
Progress was made in 2006 in support of the European Commission (EC) eSafety initiative, eCall, an in-vehicle emergency call service which will allow data generated during a road traffic accident or similar incident to be routed to a Public Service Access Point (PSAP) as part of an emergency call automatically instigated by the vehicle. This work has involved liaison with ETSI technical committee Mobile Standards Group (MSG).
Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) is the modern digital Private Mobile Radio (PMR) and Public Access Mobile Radio (PAMR) technology for police, ambulance and fire services, security services, utilities, military, public access, fleet management, transport services, closed user groups, factory site services, mining, etc.
The following is a list of recently published and frequently downloaded standards. Please use the ETSI Work Programme to find further related standards.
|Standard No.||Standard title.|
|TS 123 167||Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 11.6.0 Release 11)|
|TR 103 170||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Total Conversation Access to Emergency Services|
|TR 122 967||Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Transferring of emergency call data (3GPP TR 22.967 version 11.0.0 Release 11)|
|TR 102 641||Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Overview of present satellite emergency communications resources|
|TS 102 900||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); European Public Warning System (EU-ALERT) using the Cell Broadcast Service|
|TR 103 166||Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Satellite Emergency Communications (SatEC); Emergency Communication Cell over Satellite (ECCS)|
|TR 102 180||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Basis of requirements for communication of individuals with authorities/organizations in case of distress (Emergency call handling)|
|TR 102 299||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Collection of European Regulatory Texts and orientations|
|TR 102 850||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Analysis of Mobile Device Functionality for PWS|
|TS 102 182||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Requirements for communications from authorities/organizations to individuals, groups or the general public during emergencies|
|SR 002 777||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Test/verification procedure for emergency calls|
|TR 102 496||Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference Document; Short Range Devices (SRD); Technical characteristics for Location tracking Applications for Emergency Services (LAES) in disaster situations operating within the frequency range from 3,4 GHz to 4,8 GHz|
|TS 182 009||Telecommunications and Internet converged Services and Protocols for Advanced Networking (TISPAN); NGN Architecture to support emergency communication from citizen to authority [3GPP TS 23.167, Release 8]|
|TS 123 509||Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); TISPAN; NGN Architecture to support emergency communication from citizen to authority [Endorsed document 3GPP TS 23.167, Release 7] (3GPP TS 23.509 version 8.0.0 Release 8)|
|TS 102 660||Telecommunications and Internet converged Services and Protocols for Advanced Networking (TISPAN); Signalling Requirements and Signalling Architecture for supporting the various location information protocols for Emergency Service on a NGN|
|TR 102 476||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Emergency calls and VoIP: possible short and long term solutions and standardization activities|
|TS 102 181||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Requirements for communication between authorities/organizations during emergencies|
|TR 102 410||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Basis of requirements for communications between individuals and between individuals and authorities whilst emergencies are in progress|
|TR 102 445||Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Overview of Emergency Communications Network Resilience and Preparedness|
|TS 102 164||Telecommunications and Internet converged Services and Protocols for Advanced Networking (TISPAN); Emergency Location Protocols [OMA-TS-MLP-V3_2-20051124-C]|