4th eCall TESTFEST

ERTICO-ITS Europe, in partnership with ETSI, organised the 4th eCall Interoperability TESTFEST event from 9 to 13 November 2015, in the VÍTKOVICE IT SOLUTIONS a.s. premises in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Interior, the Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, Vodafone and the iMobility Forum.

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

The 4th eCall TESTFEST event enabled vendors to run interoperability test sessions using test descriptions provided in approved guidelines. New In Vehicle System (IVS) and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) vendors joined the event, increasing the team of vendors from all over the world who have been regularly attending the eCall TESTFEST events since 2012.

The event proved to be an important one because new test tools allowed eCall High Level Application (HLAP) compliancy, GNSS performance and speech quality testing. Representing three continents, from small companies to global corporations, research institutes and national ministries, the world of eCall engineering was represented at this TESTFEST.

While carrying out thousands of tests, participants had the opportunity to test compliancy, interoperability and essential performance of their eCall implementations.

Considering the obvious and natural imbalance between IVS and PSAP systems vendors, the event was made possible thanks to the special commitment from PSAP suppliers and operators. They participated either directly in the TESTFEST or remotely as real operators in Germany, Luxemburg and Spain were allowed to answer test eCalls. Test solutions, for compliancy and performance testing, were also available for the IVS units, providing a broad range of validation scenarios.

The event brought more value with the debriefing sessions where experts could answer technical questions or solve interoperability issues.

Additionally, compliancy and performance checking sessions were scheduled to complement the interoperability tests.

Test results were reported by vendors using the ETSI test reporting tool, allowing assessing the level of interoperability either by test categories or across all vendors.

This activity was supported by the European Commission.