Description of the pilot site and expected outcomes
Preparations for the introduction of pan-European eCall in Belgium have started in 2010, with the establishment of a public-private working group by ITS Belgium.
Apart from this working group, the public bodies active in eCall in Belgium have set-up a public concertation body, by which a concept note was developed as a first policy document at an early stage.
In the Belgian Pilot site, the tests will be carried out in the Greater Brussels Area (including Leuven) and be based on the following architecture:
Organised in accordance with the workplan and timelines foreseen in the Heero II project, the full chain for pan-European eCall will be covered:
- In-vehicle systems (up to 15 users are foreseen) will generate a regular pan-European eCall
- The eCall flag will be implemented and in-band modem will be supported by the mobile network operator
- The eCall message will be delivered to a filtering instance licensed by the rescue authorities
- The eCall message will then be forwarded to the PSAP based in Leuven (that will act as the "most appropriate PSAP" for the tests)
- It will be investigated how the eCall information can be used as an enabler of third-party services, as well as an input for traffic management centres.
To do so, the Belgian test site will as much as possible rely on existing and operational systems. Apart from this, existing test software allowing to simulate the various stages of the eCall chain and to collect the necessary test data along these stages will be further developed and used.
In Belgium, there is already an operational database providing information about the car, based on the car identification number. In the pilot, it will be evaluated if the required information (VIN) for the eCall MSD can be derived from this source (or, for instance, from the Eucaris server) and what adjustments are required in addition to fulfill these requirements. It will also be analysedwhat process adjustments and technical upgrades are required to comply with the EU specifications, and what training needs exist (covering for instance the use of new interfaces, the VIN decoder, digital map systems, ...).
Finally, the Belgian eCall pilot will contribute to the investigation of how certification and compliance testing can practically be organised and applied (with a focus on certification allowing the outsourcing of the filtering function, as well as tests in the context of automobile inspections).
Belgium core pilot team
Member State Leader: ITS.be: the Belgian member-organisation bringing public and private organisations together around the subject of Intelligent Transport Systems
Contact point: Karel Renckens -
Mobile Network Operator (MNO): Mobistar (part of Group France Telecom)
PSAP Federal Public Service (FPS): Internal Affairs (representing Federal Police, FPS Public Health, ...)
PSAP Service Vendor: Astrid
IVS Provider: NXP
Filtering instance: Touring
Certification Center: Testronic Labs