Certification mark PPP 80022

eCall test environment for IVS

Subject of audit:

This certification mark is awarded to an eCall test environment for eCall In-Vehicle Systems (IVS).

eCall is an initiative of the European Union for the implementation of a pan-European emergency system for all passenger vehicles. An eCall equipped car, in case of a crash, automatically calls the nearest emergency centre. CEN and ETSI have defined standards enhancing - for automated or manual emergency calls - the existing European harmonized number 112 for emergency services with complementary signalling. Prior to the voice communication between passenger and rescue coordination centre (= PSAP: Public Safety Answering Point) the IVS (In-Vehicle System) will send data packages to the PSAP.

The eCall test environment offers a platform to process eCalls generated by an IVS. The communication between IVS and PSAP is established via an ISDN line without using the 112 number, to enable communication between IVS and test centre in a simple way and without restrictions. The eCall test environment can be configured according to applicable standards, so that not only eCalls are handled in accordance with the standards, but major failures can be simulated as well. The eCall test environment can be used for both the development and evaluation phase of an IVS.

Examination based on:

This certification mark is awarded within the scope of voluntary certification based on test criteria derived from the applicable eCall standards. Conformity with the High Level Application Protocol (HLAP) and the MSD (Minimum Set of Data) is emphasised especially. The continuous adaptation of the eCall test environment to current standards and the procedures for quality control of the software development process are part of the review process in an audit.

The test mark affirms:

1. Conformity with applicable eCall standards:
Conformity with applicable eCall standards will be validated with an application test and an audit. Within the application test the correct implementation of the requirements of the HLAP and MSD standards is validated. It will be verified in an audit, if the development process follows well defined rules and procedures, ensuring that new versions of the test centre due to improvement of standards or functional modifications do not influence the quality of the test centre.

2. Usable as test centre and as tool to support development of IVS:
The application test will verify that the test centre is a serviceable test environment and can be used as a tool to support IVS development. It will be tested, if the test centre can be configured for different test scenarios on the basis of the HLAP-parameters and if such test runs are logged correctly.
The stability of the test centre upon receiving incorrect MSDs will be validated. And it will be tested, if the test centre is able to process erroneous IVS behaviour and to provide information about the respective faulty behaviour of the IVS.  The test centre has to support multiple revisions of a standard, even if they are incompatible to each other.

3. Functionality tested:
The functionality of the eCall test environment will be tested. It is verified, that all functions of the system work as advertised and produce the expected result.

4. Production monitored:
There will be a yearly factory inspection, where it is verified if compulsory quality management processes are implemented and all requirements regarding applicable standards are fulfilled.

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