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.