Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto Partner for BMW eCall Solution

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto have revealed that BMW is embedding the companies’ machine-to-machine (M2M) solution in its latest cars to enable emergency call (eCall) services. Widescale deployment started in 2009 and to date, over 200,000 BMW cars in use across Europe have been equipped with the solution.

Deutsche Telekom provides the central component for the mobile-based emergency system, with a wireless communication link for vehicles all over Europe, in cooperation with its roaming partners. Gemalto developed a durable Machine Identification Module (MIM), the dedicated M2M-form-factor (MFF) SIM, to meet the quality requirements of the automotive environment and to ensure service availability for Deutsche Telekom and BMW car owners.

The solution enables a reliable connection to BMW Connected Drive’s driver assistance and information service via Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners’ networks. The service includes an assistance centre that dispatches swift help in emergency situations. Activation of the crash sensors in the car triggers an automatic call to the call centre and reports the exact car position. The emergency call can also be set up manually if the automatic call is not possible because of damage to the car. 

Deutsche Telekom says it sees huge market opportunities for in-car telematics, given that there are over 350m cars in Europe alone, and has created a Connected Car business unit to address the market, with solutions for safer and more efficient driving,  and more economic and ecological fleet management.