ETSI, with the support of the European Commission, ETSI TC MSG, the sAFE 112 project and EENA, is organizing the Next Generation eCall Plugtests 2020 event, which will take place from 2nd to 6th November 2020. This event will be hosted remotely by SINTESIO in cooperation with Iskratel as technical partner. The Remote NG eCall PLUGTESTS 2020 event will have a specific focus on Next Generation eCall (NG eCall) or eCall over Long Term Evolution (LTE).

The Remote NG eCall Plugtests 2020 event will have a specific focus on the interoperability of Next Generation eCall (NG eCall) systems or eCall over Long Term Evolution (LTE), based on the interoperability test descriptions defined in ETSI TS 103 683.

Interoperability and NG eCall service harmonization are critical challenges to be taken into account for the successful deployment and operation of the NG eCall service.

The NG eCall Plugtests event enables vendors to run interoperability test sessions using predefined test descriptions.

In Vehicle System (IVS) and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) vendors are invited to join the event.

The event will make use of the ETSI HIVE interoperability platform and services, enabling efficient communication and coordination between the participants, connected from remote locations. Regular debriefing sessions will be held where experts can answer technical questions or help resolve interoperability issues.

If possible, compliance and performance checking sessions will be scheduled to complement the interoperability tests.

This activity is supported by the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat.


All participants are expected to register individually to this event. The first person from an organization to register for the event will be de facto the official contact for technical and administrative matters.

The registration deadline was 4 September 2020. 

The event is free of charge.

RoE and NDA

By registering for the Remote NG eCall Plugtests 2020 event, participating organisations will be asked to sign the Rules of Engagement (RoE) and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which they will receive upon registration for signature. These RoE and NDA will cover this remote Plugtests event.

Upon signature of the RoE and NDA sent to the official contact, the participants will receive their credentials for the NG eCall Plugtests 2020 WIKI and will be subscribed to the event’s mailing list.

Participants will not be allowed to participate in the event if the RoE and NDA of the event have not been signed by a representative of their company. The deadline to return the signed RoE and NDAs to ETSI is 11 September 2020.

In 2012, ERTICO and ETSI joined forces to organie a series of TESTFEST events for testing and assessing the interoperability of the eCall chain implementations, namely IVS (In-vehicle systems) and PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points). The events aimed as well at evaluating the suitability of the relevant standards from CEN and ETSI and sending feedback to the relevant working groups from both standardisation organisations to raise the issues and propose changes to the standards.

Following the first eCall TESTFEST event in 2012, in Nuneaton, UK, five events were organised. In 2013 it took place in Essen, Germany, in 2014 in Vigo, Spain, in 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 2016 in Harwell, UK and in 2017 in Kranj, Slovenia. After the 2017 event, a survey involving the TESTFEST participants showed a strong interest to focus the 7th event on Next Generation eCall and thus led to the creation of Interoperability Test Specifications, to be used as guidance for the next event.

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