NEXES Results Reach Emergency Services Worldwide

NEXES Presented to 650 Delegates at the EENA Conference 2017

The NEXES partners delivered a presentation on the NEXES results to the representatives of emergency services, public authorities, researchers and industry attending the EENA Conference 2017, held from April 5th to 8th 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Ministered by AAHD, Omnitor and Deveryware, the presentation focused on the excellent results attained by NEXES with respect to the establishment of an end-to-end next generation emergency service delivering total conversation, improved location and the exchange of additional user information, namely health information. Similarly, the presentation highlighted the relevant work developed by NEXES with respect to standards and its contribution to Europe’s standardisation effort on emergency communications and information sharing. In addition, NEXES partners announced that NEXES would be conducting its first pilot activity in Slovenia on April 11th 2017, validating the new capabilities jointly with the NEXES end-user community, as well as organising the workshop for the first edition of the NEXES App Challenge in Greece on May 30th 2017.

NEXES’s participation in this emergency-related international event is part of the planned dissemination and communication activities defined by the NEXES partners to promote European research initiatives in the security and emergency fields of expertise, namely the NEXES research action and its associated results, bound to deliver a revolutionary impact in the transformation of emergency services worldwide.

NEXES Holds the First Pilot To Showcase New Capabilities for Emergency Services

The Focus Is on Total Conversation, Location and Interoperability

The NEXES Consortium will be hosting the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia on April 11th 2017 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Facilities of the University of Ljubljana, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Included in the NEXES Iteration One Workshop, this Pilot signals the end of the NEXES RIA’s Iteration One effort, completing the set of demonstrations and user validation activities pertaining to the NEXES Campaigns of Demonstration of Iteration One. The Pilot in Slovenia aims to introduce the NEXES’s capabilities for total conversation, enhanced location and the exchange of additional user data of the NEXES 112 App and the NEXES PSAP System to relevant stakeholders, including Slovenian public safety organisations, the Ljubljana municipality and the Slovenian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Representing the first validation with independent end-users of the whole end-to-end functionality of the NEXES System and Apps, the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia will assess NEXES’s performance as well as its potential impact and even determine future avenues for the next project iteration.

If you wish to join us at the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia and the NEXES Iteration One Workshop, please email us at coordinator@nexes.eu.

AAHD Hosts a NEXES Exercise with the Turkish Emergency Services

NEXES Advances in Interaction with Citizens Are Highly Praised

AAHD organised a NEXES Exercise to demonstrate the NEXES results in improving the communication dynamics between emergency services and citizens to relevant Turkish stakeholders in the emergency sector. Conducted on March 17th 2017, at AAHD facilities, the Exercise gathered forty-three representatives of eighteen organisations with extensive expertise and experience in the fields of emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

The NEXES Exercise used two fictional emergency scenarios to illustrate the differences between the existing capabilities of the Turkish command control centre for emergencies and the new features proposed by NEXES. AAHD presented to the participants the new capabilities brought by the NEXES App and the NEXES PSAP system, focusing on the implementation of total conversation, the delivery of enhanced location information to emergency services and the opportunity for providing medical information to the emergency centre.

The participants in the NEXES Exercise were highly interested in the next generation improvements proposed by NEXES, and highlighted the potential to improve the interaction between emergency services and citizens, namely concerning the enhanced situational awareness, the opportunity to offer instructions and information until the arrival of first responders and the contribution to public emergency training. Indeed, AAHD was able to collect relevant feedback from the perspectives of the emergency service professionals and the citizens. The NEXES Consortium and the Turkish stakeholders, which are all members of the NEXES end-user community, will continue to work together in NEXES to contribute to the excellence of the Turkish emergency services.

NEXES Stars At the XXV Forum of 112 Services in Spain

Addressing the Relevance of PESEA for the Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium was invited to present the novel propositions for a next generation emergency service to the 112 regional directors across Spain, gathered to discuss the latest innovations, regulation and standards applicable to the emergency sector at the XXV Foro Nacional de Directores Y Responsables De Centros 112 De Comunidades Autónomas De España, hosted by the autonomous city of Ceuta, from March 8th to 10th 2017, in Spain.

The XXV National Forum for 112 Emergency Centres became familiar with the NEXES’s propositions on the Pan-European Specifications for Emergency Applications (PESEA) and the use of the PEMEA architecture to enable citizens using the NEXES App or any NEXES-compliant emergency App to reach emergency services anywhere in Europe, providing their precise location and additional personal information, including health information and in case of emergency contacts, while meeting the relevant requirements on functionality, cost, security and privacy. This technical meeting also enabled a broad discussion on emergency Apps and the benefits of automated emergency calls, including the use of the next generation eCall system, all issues currently tackled by the NEXES endeavour.

This event served the opportunity to disseminate the NEXES results before an audience of emergency stakeholders that are part of the NEXES end-users community, thus contributing to widen the scope of NEXES’s communication activities and promote additional societal impact as the NEXES results become known across the European emergency services.

 

The two videos below (in English and Spanish respectively) demonstrate the NEXES PESEA implementation in action.

 

 

NEXES App Challenge Starts NOW !!

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Dear friend,

Have you ever had a good idea for a Next Generation Emergency response 112 app or think of creating a novel smart app that could change the way we deal with emergency situations and life risks?

If you are a developer, an Emergency Service application owner or an Emergency Service end user who is interested in developing a Next Generation Emergency response application or promote a novel idea for a future application in this field based on your experience (development skills are not really required), come and join us at the NEXES App Challenge!

 

a brief ID for your consideration:

Who | Developers, designers, entrepreneurs and students across Europe that have 112 Apps or want to experiment with Java development, SIP, WebRTC, smart mobile apps as well as end users that want to submit an innovative idea without a prototype implementation in place
What | a 2-month challenge for Next Generation 112 Apps
When | Launching on Monday, March 6th – Expiration on Friday, May 14th, 2017
Where | @your desktop – across Europe. A dedicated Workshop will be held in Athens, Greece at the end of May, 2017
Why | To improve the way citizens interact with emergency services
How | Be inspired by NEXES App specification | Submit your application/idea!

For more information, visit the NEXES App Challenge official site at:

http://nexesappchallenge.eu/

challenge

NEXES Presents Cutting Edge Research Work at SENSORNETS 2017

The Relevance of Sensors’ Ubiquity for Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES research promising results were presented during a dedicated European Projects Space session at the SENSORNETS Conference 2017, dedicated to sensor networks, information systems security and privacy, model-driven engineering and software development, and held on February 19th – 21st 2017, in Porto, Portugal.

Represented by Marco Manso (RIN), the NEXES Consortium introduced the new and emerging ideas fostered by NEXES on the integration of automated emergency calls within next generation emergency services, prompted by the dissemination of smart sensor technology and sensing networks. The new automated emergency calls build-up on the existing eCall initiative and widen its scope of application to consider next generation eCall, environmental sensors and eHealth applications. The triggering of alerts enabled by sensors and sensing networks are considered as relevant information sources to early identify an emergency situation, when time is of the essence to save lives. Also the additional information made available by the sensors to emergency services, namely the First Responders teams, is bound to greatly improve the situational awareness of the emergency, thus allowing a more fitted selection of available resources for the emergency response, avoiding unnecessary costs.

Before an academic audience, NEXES efforts to promote the development and integration of next generation automation capabilities to support more efficient and effective emergency services highlighted the innovation mark associated with EU co-funded research initiatives and their impact in advancing the state-of-the-art of emergency communications for society’s benefit.

NEXES App Challenge – Coming Soon!

NEXES APP CHAL_FINALPNGIn March, NEXES will launch the 1st Edition of the NEXES App Challenge.

It is an opportunity for software developers to showcase their emergency Apps before an audience of emergency service experts.

It is also the perfect venue to try out NEXES App API and discuss the relevance of a pan-European standard for emergency Apps to build the next generation emergency services.

Stay tuned !

NEXES Fosters Accessible Emergency Products and Services

Next Generation Emergency Services at the EC Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services

The NEXES achievements on the successful implementation of the Total Conversation capabilities, combining voice and video calls and real-time text messaging, was a central theme at the Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services organised by the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on February 2nd and 3rd 2017, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Brussels.

The high-level policy Workshop was sponsored with the ambition to prepare the adoption of the EU Accessibility Act and promote the implementation of accessibility measures in general. Represented by Gunnar Hellström (Omnitor) and Johan Verstraete (European Union of the Deaf), the NEXES Consortium delivered a presentation and made a detailed demonstration of NEXES’s next generation emergency services capabilities, namely video calls and real-time texting, providing new communication tools for citizens to reach emergency services. This demonstration was particularly helpful to highlight the usefulness of the new emergency communication technologies, as a citizen used the NEXES App to establish an emergency call using audio, real-time text and video channels with the Windows-based NEXES PSAP workstation. In cases where the citizen requiring assistance is deaf, the opportunity to use real-time texting or video (for sign language) can save precious time. In addition, the demonstration underlined the beyond state-of-the-art location information provided by NEXES to emergency services, contributing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole emergency response.

NEXES achievements to ensure a more universal, democratic and inclusive emergency service were duly recognised by an audience of 150 policy-makers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the US Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and the deaf MEP Helga Stevens particularly emphasised the impressive level of seriousness and technological advance exhibited by NEXES. Overall, the Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services was a relevant dissemination opportunity for NEXES to encourage the broad adoption of advanced communication and information technologies by emergency services for society’s benefit.

NEXES Showcases Innovations for Emergency Services

NEXES Presents New Accessibility and Location Capabilities for Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium announces today that it successfully performed the first showcase of NEXES innovations for next generation emergency services. Featuring the NEXES PSAP System and NEXES Apps for citizens, the NEXES Showcase covered relevant capabilities on rich communications, enhanced location and the exchange of caller information clearly highlighting how NEXES empowers a new dynamic between emergency services and citizens, namely those experiencing deafness or hearing impairment.

The NEXES partners showcased how callers in distress use the NEXES App to reach emergency services using different communication channels (voice, real-time text and video) and share additional user information, such as language preference, location and health information, all of relevance to elicit the most adequate emergency response. It was also possible to see how emergency services’ benefit from integrating these new communication technologies into PSAP systems and receiving additional added-value information to develop better awareness of the emergency situation and determine a more effective and efficient response. The NEXES showcase also explored how next generation IP-based communications networks handle current emergency calls.

“NEXES has been able to maintain a high-level of innovation and sophistication as we drive on to disrupt the market of emergency services”, said Marco Manso, Director of Innovation of RINICOM and NEXES Coordinator. “With the consolidation of results at the infrastructure, system and applications levels, NEXES is now perfectly balanced to start a new phase of experimentation that will build NEXES Iteration One, that is the first implementation ever of an end-to-end next generation emergency service. All NEXES partners are enthusiastic to embark in this new adventure and shed a new light on the transition to emergency services capable of providing true solutions for citizens in distress.”

NEXES Present at the Barrierefreier Notruf Conference

NEXES Shares the Latest Advances for Barrier-Free Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium was present at the Barrierefreier Notruf (Barrier Free Emergency Calls) Conference, held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Berlin (Germany) on November 29th 2016, upon the kind invitation of the German Deaf Association. On October 24th 2016, the German Deaf Association and the German Society of the Hearing Impaired unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a nationwide emergency-free emergency call.

Represented by the European Union of the Deaf (EUD), the NEXES Consortium participated in the debate concerning the present situation of the German Emergency Services with respect to the implementation of general accessibility and of an inclusive federal emergency and catastrophe warning system. At present, the Telecommunications Act (TKG) only allows telephone and fax access to the emergency call stations as input channels for communication and for accompanying data (e.g., location data). Therefore, much is needed to meet the needs of the deaf and of the hard of hearing citizens.

Frankie Picron (EUD) introduced the ambitious objectives of the NEXES Action and presented the advances attained with the NEXES System and Apps, and already validated with different emergency services, concerning the incorporation of accessibility features, such as video, real-time text, sign language interpretation and user data information on language preferences and health data, all of which contribute to the implementation of next generation emergency services that are truly accessible and inclusive.

The Barrierefreier Notruf Conference conveyed a good opportunity to disseminate the NEXES results to an audience of 100 stakeholders from Germany’s emergency services, civil society, policy-makers and governmental authorities.