Emergency/Catastrophe

Introduction

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.

Our Role & Activities

EMTEL

ETSI special committee EMTEL is responsible for the creation of requirements concerning emergency communication services. The committee has published deliverables on Public Warning System and about Total Conversation Access to Emergency Services. There are four deliverables that are considered as the basis of EMTEL work and are revised regularly i.e. governing communications in times of emergency, covering communication of citizens with authorities, from authorities to citizens, between authorities and amongst citizens.

An introduction to our work on emergency telecommunications is available on the EMTEL website.

Project MESA

Project MESA (Mobility for Emergency and Safety Applications) was a transatlantic partnership project, established by ETSI and the North American Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). It has now achieved its mission and is closed.

For more information, see the MESA web site.

3GPPTM

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.

3GPP has also produced standards for 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).

TETRA

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.

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on emergency.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 13.2.0 Release 13)
TR 103 393 Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Advanced Mobile Location for emergency calls
TR 103 201 Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Total Conversation for emergency communications; implementation guidelines
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 13.1.0 Release 13)
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 13.0.0 Release 13)
TR 102 180 Emergency Communications (EMTEL); Basis of requirements for communication of individuals with authorities/organizations in case of distress (Emergency call handling)
TS 103 260-1 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Reference scenario for the deployment of emergency communications; Part 1: Earthquake
TS 103 260-2 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Reference scenario for the deployment of emergency communications; Part 2: Mass casualty incident in public transportation
TR 103 338 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Satellite Emergency Communications (SatEC); Multiple Alert Message Encapsulation over Satellite (MAMES) deployment guidelines;
TS 103 337 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Satellite Emergency Communications; Multiple Alert Message Encapsulation over Satellite (MAMES)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 12.1.0 Release 12)
ES 203 178 Functional architecture to support European requirements on emergency caller location determination and transport
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 12.0.0 Release 12)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 12.0.0 Release 12)
TS 103 284 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Satellite Emergency Communications (SatEC); Device classes for Emergency Communication Cells over Satellite (ECCS)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 10.11.0 Release 10)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 11.11.0 Release 11)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 9.14.0 Release 9)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 10.10.0 Release 10)
TS 123 167 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) emergency sessions (3GPP TS 23.167 version 11.10.0 Release 11)