ETSI Publishes Report On IoT Devices For Emergency Communications

Date:Aug 02, 2019


IoT technology is entering a variety of applications, including emergency-related services, which are broader in scope than IoT connectivity and communication systems. To address this issue, the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) Special Committee has published a report on use cases and communications involving IoT devices to provide an emergency and to make recommendations for standardization requirements that improve security.

This ETSI report mainly refers to the consideration of communications involving IoT devices in all types of emergencies, such as emergency calls, mission critical communications, public alert system communications, and the addition of a new emergency communications domain, identified as an automatic emergency response. IoT devices can take action to prevent dangerous situations when they receive a trigger. A set of eight exemplary use cases illustrates how such communications can be used to provide additional/enhanced information to communicating parties involved in such situations. For example, they cover the case where a smoke detector in a garbage container sends an emergency message in the event of a fire, possibly sending real-time emergency video in parallel.

The ETSI report also helps prepare potential standardization requirements for safe operation of these communications. Analyze use cases from the perspective of potential failures, putting safety at risk. Potential methods for preventing these points of failure were identified, the impact of these use cases on existing or future standards was assessed, and recommendations for requirements for existing specifications for each area were provided. Other IoT standardization stakeholders will also receive suggestions to modify their specifications to support emergency communications requirements.

The ETSI report prepares communication requirements for IoT devices in all types of emergencies," said ETSI committee expert Michelle Wetterwald. "It takes advantage of the Internet of Things to collect data without human intervention, and the objectivity of IoT data is fast and Fail-safe information sharing, unwanted human language translation, real-time data transfer, and operation in hazardous environments. ”