NEXES Discussed At the ITS WG Human Factors Meeting

NEXES Contributes to Swedish standardisation work on Accessibility

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The NEXES innovations have been presented by OMNITOR to the Swedish Information Technology Standardisation (ITS) Working Group (WG) Human Factors and the ICT Accessibility Forum, in a meeting hosted by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority in Stockholm. These ITS groups are focused on usability and accessibility in information technology and they establish a direct link to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Human Factors (HF) work. At the moment, a special hot topic is the revision of a European Norm (EN) on Accessibility requirements for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe.

NEXES’s presentation focused the specific approaches and technologies being currently addressed in the Action, namely the use of total conversation capabilities and the exchange of relevant information, namely the callers’ location and medical information. The subsequent discussion enabled participants to gain a better understanding of the current state of the Swedish market for accessible emergency services, as well as to share perspectives on the opportunity to consider NEXES’s novel approaches on human factors in the design and definition of applicable standards.

With a specialist-oriented audience of twenty experts, representing the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Agency for Participation and the Swedish Association for the Deaf, this meeting represented also an opening for fostering networking and engagement through the NEXES End-Users Advisory Board. OMNITOR explained the Board’s fundamental role in the alignment of the NEXES effort with the emergency services’ and citizens’ needs and expectations, and extended an invitation for the present organisations to join this effort.

NEXES at the Slovenian Celebration of the EU 112 Day

The Press Conference Focused The NEXES Technologies

The NEXES Action has been the cornerstone of the Press Conference held by the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Slovenian Ministry of Defence to celebrate the EU 112 Day, on February 11th 2016.

The NEXES partner University of Ljubljana (UL) was invited to present the NEXES RIA core activities on the topic of what the future holds for the next generation of 112 services. That presentation highlighted NEXES’s innovations on the adoption of IP-enabled technologies to build Total Conversation capabilities, to improve location information and to promote interoperability and situational awareness in emergencies.

Other speakers at the Press Conference were Mr. Darko But, General Director of the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Mr. Boštjan Tavčar, Head of the PSAP Services of the Republic of Slovenia, Mrs. Ivanka Grilc, Head of the Regional PSAP Centre in Maribor and Mrs. Tatjana Janša, Deputy Head of the Regional PSAP Centre in Maribor, which have addressed the 112 services in Slovenia and the PSAP operation in the Maribor region. A “Questions and Answers” panel and a visit to the regional PSAP Centre Maribor followed the press conference.

Inspiring a series of mass media articles and news clips, which also made extensive reference to the NEXES RIA, the Press Conference of the EU 112 Day in Slovenia gathered a very selected audience of journalists and mass media professionals and contributed to build increasing awareness on the 112 services and the NEXES RIA.

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NEXES Features the Horizon 2020 Security Catalogue

NEXES Sets A New Standard for Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES RIA is part of the most recent catalogue of security-related projects funded by the European Union, coined H2020 Security Catalogue. This catalogue provides an overview of all research and innovation actions currently supported by Horizon 2020 Security Research budget.

Featuring the crisis management section, NEXES is a research and innovation action that aims to design and implement the next generation emergency services by innovating emergency communications with total conversation capabilities, by integrating advanced location information and by promoting enhanced situational awareness and interoperability to point safety answering points, emergency response organisations and first responders. NEXES also innovates with the exploitation of the incorporation of automated emergency calls, including eCall, in the emergency response effort.

NEXES’s participation in the H2020 Security Catalogue 2016 is part of the NEXES Consortium dissemination effort, focusing on building awareness and generating promotion to the NEXES RIA, by getting NEXES, its ambitious goals and expected benefits known to relevant target audiences, and then fostering those audiences’ engagement with NEXES’s early adoption.