Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) has announced that Portugal´s emergency services have adopted its suite of communication solutions to transform their existing systems in preparation for eCall, the next-generation automated vehicle aid system, the company said.
A life-saving innovation that is mandatory in all new passenger-vehicle types approved for sale in the European Union from April 2018, eCall allows telemetry data to be sent from a vehicle to emergency services when an accident occurs, providing accurate incident location and other vital information that dispatchers can use to send help much faster and more effectively to help save lives.
With 25,670 fatalities in 2016 and over 135,000 serious injuries on EU roads and motorways in 2014, according to the European Transport Safety Council´s Road Safety Performance Index, eCall is estimated to reduce emergency response time by 40% in built-up areas and 50% in the countryside, saving as many as 2,500 lives and over EUR 130 billion in costs to society each year.
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