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NXP Semiconductors

November 25, 2010 10:26 ET

Pan-European eCall Trial of NXP and Partners Concludes in Brussels

BRUSSELS--(Marketwire - November 25, 2010) -

  • Thousands of eCalls sent in 16 EU countries to prove that on-board systems are ready for European emergency system
  • Juhani Jääskeläinen from the European Commission and Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, join the Grand Finish of the pan-European eCall Trial
  • Landmark trial initiated by NXP Semiconductors with partners BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Dekra, Deutsche Telekom and automobile clubs Touring, ANBW, AvD, and UAMK

This week sees the successful conclusion of a field trial designed to prove that the European emergency call system 'eCall' for vehicles is ready for mass deployment across Europe. The trial, which was initiated by NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI), involved major industry players including BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Deutsche Telekom, Dekra, and European automobile clubs such as Touring, ANBW, AvD, and UAMK. Three cars equipped with NXP's telematics solution ATOP (Automotive Telematics On-Board Unit Platform) drove a total of 16,000 kilometers through sixteen different EU countries. During a two-week period, the telematics boxes sent out 15,000 eCalls via the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners; the eCalls were received and processed by IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, and BMW servers or call centers.

The trial will reach its official conclusion with a public finish at the eSafety Forum in Brussels on November 25th, where the three cars will arrive two weeks after departing from Madrid, Athens and Helsinki, respectively.

On their way to the final destination of Brussels, the three BMWs regularly sent test eCalls in each country they crossed, demonstrating that the technology is capable of working across borders, regardless of which standards (SMS-based or in-band modem) prevail locally. BMW is one of the pioneers of implementing telematics systems. The Advanced Assist eCall solution is available in all BMW models and is already in place.

Kurt Sievers, senior vice president and general manager of NXP Semiconductors' Automotive business unit, explains: "We are proud that in this landmark trial, NXP's ATOP telematics system has proven reliable across country borders and technical standards. Large-scale introduction of eCall is about reliability, system costs, and trust. This is why we sent the eCall on tour, supporting the European Union with its implementation in Europe."

Juhani Jääskeläinen, European Commission, states: "We are pleased to see that the implementation of eCall is becoming a reality in Europe. The closure of this eCall tour by a consortium of industry partners is an important step towards the EU's objective to have eCall deployed in all cars in Europe as soon as possible."

Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, a European public-private partnership for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems, welcomes the Trial initiative: "It is fantastic to see this cooperation of major eCall stakeholders to show their support and the functioning of this life-saving service."

About eCall
eCall is an EU system designed to reduce the time it takes for rescue services to respond to traffic accidents across Europe by sending an automated emergency call which includes vital data such as the exact location and time of the accident.

The European Union has called for mandatory implementation of eCall for all new automobiles. According to the EU, between 2013 and 2015, all new cars should be fitted with eCall as standard. This pan-European emergency system should contribute to the fast and reliable arrival of emergency services at the accident location. Triggered either by the release of an airbag or by manual release, an emergency call is made conveying vital details in the minimum set of data (MSD) such as time of incident and exact geographic location. Studies have shown that eCall could save up to 2,500 lives annually in Europe, while the number of serious injuries could be reduced by 15 percent.

NXP's solution for eCall is called ATOP. ATOP is a telematics module, little bigger than a two-Euro coin, allowing cost-efficient and flexible integration in auto electronics. It is automotive-certified, serial production was launched in 2010. http://www.nxp.com/campaigns/drivingefficiency/atop

Read all about the European eCall Trial at www.nxp.com/ecall

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted revenue of US$ 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit www.nxp.com

The BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. The pre-tax profit for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totaled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last five years.

About IBM
For more about IBM, visit: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/uk/en/transportation_systems/overview/index.html 

About Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, around 37 million fixed-network lines and approximately 16 million broadband lines (as of September 30, 2010). The company offers products and services in the areas of fixed-network telephony, broadband Internet), mobile communications, internet, and IPTV for private customers as well as ICT solutions. As an international Group with approximately 250,000 employees operating in around 50 countries worldwide and 250,000 employees, Deutsche Telekom generated more than half of its revenue -- EUR 64.6 billion -- outside of Germany (as of December 31, 2009).

Allianz OrtungsServices
The Allianz OrtungsServices GmbH, a subsidiary of Allianz Deutschland AG, has experience in telematics for emergency call management since 2005 and provides LifeService112, a technical platform for most public safety answering points for vehicle and mobile phone localization. For more information about Allianz OrtungsServices GmbH, visit http://www.allianz-ortung.de 

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