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Qualcomm helps improve transport safely in EU

Posted: 12 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:W-CDMA? EU transport safety? cellular network?

Qualcomm Inc. has announced its support for the eCall public safety initiative of the European Commission designed to improve transportation safety by providing rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the European Union.

A collision activates on-vehicle sensors causing an emergency voice call (E112) to be established via the cellular network to local emergency agencies via the Public-Safety Answering Point (PSAP). In addition to enabling two-way speech communication between the motorist and the PSAP operator, eCall employs an in-band voice-channel modem to transmit position location, airbag deployment, Vehicle Identification Number and other relevant information over the cellular network to the PSAP operator. The in-band voice-channel modem enables use of existing cellular networks to support quick deployment of an end-to-end eCall solution in vehicles and PSAPs.

An engineering team in Qualcomm Germany has been leading the system development for an in-band voice-channel modem eCall solution that meets the European Commission's requirements.

"Based upon our extensive experience with modems and speech codecs, we realized that we had the technology and understanding to develop a technical solution meeting the eCall requirements," said Andrew Gilbert, executive VP of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm Internet services, MediaFLO technologies and Qualcomm Europe.

To accelerate the deployment of the eCall solution, Qualcomm will not charge royalties on sales of eCall in-band voice-channel modem equipment located in the PSAP or core network that incorporate Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm's licensing policy with respect to eCall solutions that are included in W-CDMA subscriber devices will be consistent with Qualcomm's standard patent licensing policy, which does not increase Qualcomm's standard W-CDMA royalty rate for additional Qualcomm patented technical functionality that is included in a dual-mode handset.

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