SIMCom Tests GSM Module for Emergency Services

January 3, 2012

The wireless unit will be used in the EU and Russian eCall and ERA Glonass initiatives to provide rapid assistance to motorists following collisions, beginning in 2013.

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ -- SIMCom Wireless Solutions, a worldwide specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, has successfully concluded tests of SIMCom's GSM module for eCall/ERA Glonass readiness on Russia's real network. eCall and ERA Glonass are EU and Russian initiatives to capitalize on GSM and GPS technologies for vehicle emergency response service.

The projects are independently led by the European Commission and the Russian government to provide rapid assistance to motorists in case a collision happens anywhere in the European Union and Russia. eCall and ERA Glonass are planned for initial implementation after 2013, and is backed up by numerous car, truck, and bus manufacturers and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

The core functionality of eCall/ERA Glonass requires an embedded computer that continuously monitors crash sensors and a GPS receiver to initiate an automated data and voice call via a dedicated GSM modem in case an emergency occurs. A key requirement for eCall is that both data and the voice call must use the same physical voice channel because SMS and GPRS do not provide the necessary service priority or availability.

"We have implemented a comprehensive in-band modem test case on the real trial-network in Russia," said Jeffery Song, Technical support Director at SIMCom. "The extremely positive results of the tests validated SIMCom's in-band modem capabilities, and it fully meets the standards requirements, and it has convinced our customers that SIMCom is completely ready to help them win more business opportunities."

About SIMCom
SIMCom Wireless Solutions, a subsidiary of SIM Technology Group Ltd., is an industry leader, providing high-quality wireless modules for different technology platforms in GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA, EVDO, Short Range, and GPS. ABI Research reports that SIMCom Cellular Module was the No.2 provider of wireless modules worldwide in 2009 & 2010.

By partnering with third parties, SIMCom Wireless also provides ODM services for customers and customized design solutions in M2M, WLL, Mobile Computing, GPS, and other applications.

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