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eCall Certification

Approval of in-vehicle emergency call systems

Technical requirements for eCall certification

Since 2018, eCall has been mandatory for all new models of passenger cars (M1) and light commercial vehicles (N1), and in order for vehicles to continue to be sold and registered in the EU, car manufacturers must now approve their deployed eCall systems on the basis of EU requirements. The eCall tests defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/79 are decisive here:

eCall Label
  • Annex I – High-severity deceleration test
  • Annex II – Full-scale impact test assessment
  • Annex III – Crash resistance of audio equipment
  • Annex IV – Co-existence of TPS and eCall
  • Annex V – Automatic triggering (document review)
  • Annex VI – Positioning services (GNSS)
  • Annex VII – Info & warning signal (IVS self-test)
  • Annex VIII – Privacy and data protection

According to Regulation (EU) 2017/78, Annex I / II, Part I, § 12.8.7, manufacturers must declare conformity with the eCall standards according to Article 5 (8) of Regulation (EU) 2015/758. The relevant eCall tests are defined in:

  • CEN EN 16454:2015 / ETSI TS 103 412 – eCall end-to-end conformance testing
  • ETSI TS 103 428 – eCall HLAP interoperability tests
  • ETSI TS 102 936-1, TS 151 010-1 and TS 134 123-1 – GSM / UMTS conformity
  • ITU-T P.1140 – Voice communication requirements for emergency calls

Regulation (EU) 2015/758 also defines that the tests for eCall certification should be carried out exclusively by a notified technical service.

 

In July 2018, the UN – R 144 directive also came into force. The directive defines the approval procedures for:

  • components
  • eCall systems
  • Motor vehicles with eCall system already approved
  • Motor vehicles with eCall system not yet approved

 

Depending on the type of approval, the scope of testing varies. In total, there are the following test areas:

  • Data transmission and voice connection
  • EMV (UN – R 10)
  • Position determination (GNSS)
  • PLMN Access
  • Information and warning signal (self-test)
  • Power supply
  • Resistance test (sled test)
  • AECS Control
  • Hands-free audio performance (audio)
  • Vehicle Impact Tests (UN – R 94/95)

 

However, UN – R 144 is not only valid for the countries of the European Union, but applies to up to 55 countries worldwide. Among them are Russia, Japan and Korea.

 

Our eCall experts created an assessment paper to compare the UNECE regulation UN-R 144 with the EU eCall regulations to address the following questions:

  1. What aspects are taken into account by the UNECE regulation UN-R 144 but not by the Regulation (EU) 2015/758, Regulation (EU) 2017/78 and Regulation (EU) 2017/79 and vice versa?
  2. What aspects are taken into account by both but with different test specifications/acceptance criteria?

Next Generation eCall

Pan-European eCall, ERA-GLONASS and eCall for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are based on GSM and UMTS (circuit switched). European mobile network operators plan GSM/UMTS shutdown and migration to LTE/5G soon.

Next Generation eCall, based on LTE/IMS eCall and offering unlimited data, multimedia and two-way data, is defined as the next evolution of the eCall technology and will be the subject of future EU regulation. The relevant NG eCall tests are defined in:

  • CEN TS 17240 – eCall end to end conformance testing for IMS packet switched based systems
  • ETSI TS 134 229 – SIP Protocol conformance test specification
  • ETSI TS 136 523 – LTE Protocol conformance test specification
  • ETSI TS 126 269 – In-Band modem conformance test specification
  • ETSI TS 103 683 – Next Generation eCall HLAP Interoperability Testing

Our services

Car from behind in Test Center

Already in August 2017 we were designated by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) as Technical Service for eCall and were the first laboratory in Europe to offer and carry out eCall approval. We were also the first laboratory to be designated by the KBA as Technical Service for UN-R 144. In addition, we have been working for several years on the standardisation of eCall test specifications and can draw on a wealth of practical experience from the large number of eCall approvals we have carried out.

With our extraordinary expertise for the eCall approval process and the technical know-how acquired over many years for the execution of the necessary tests for the approval, we are your number one contact when it comes to eCall certification.

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