The German publication, Company Car – Mobility & Management, recently highlighted the transportable benefits of Bosch’s mobile-based safety solution that is powered by Sfara technology.
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Emergency call app from Bosch Mobile emergency telephone
Via an app from Bosch, business travelers can use their smartphones to place an automatic emergency call outside of their car. For example, if they are on foot, bike, train or rental car.
For almost one year, the so-called eCall is mandatory in new cars. In the event of an accident, the emergency call system alerts rescue centers automatically. Company car drivers have been traveling more safely ever since. However, employees are increasingly relinquishing their own personal car during their travels and, depending on their needs, switching to alternatives such as public transport, bicycle or sharing offers. In order to get them safely from A to B and find rescue teams as quickly as possible at the scene of an accident, Bosch, together with the American provider of mobile security solutions Sfara, developed an automatic emergency call app for smartphones.
Unlike the eCall known from the car, which sounds the alarm when, for example, a crash triggers the airbag, the app-based technology pays attention to the sensors built into the smartphone. For example, the mobile phone uses acceleration and GPS data to record whether the user had a collision or landed in a ditch – regardless of the mode of transport.
As soon as the system detects an accident, the app automatically initiates an emergency call to a Bosch service location. The mobile phone sends out important data for the rescue, such as the location or the means of transport in which the user is located. Using magnetic field sensors in the smartphone, the app detects whether the victim is sitting in a car, for example.
As with the conventional eCall in the vehicle, the emergency call can also be manually triggered by the smartphone – for example in the case of personal emergencies or when the user is on foot. To do this, the person taps the smartphone surface three times in succession, whereupon the customer adviser calls back and, if necessary, deliberately alerts the emergency response center. Bosch Service Solutions currently offers the eCall service in 50 countries and in 16 languages.
Before you look in vain for the new application from Bosch in the App Store of Apple and Google Android: The system is not a B2C technology, but a back-end solution for existing apps from automakers, mobility platforms, leasing companies or fleet management providers. Ask your fleet service provider if he intends to integrate the eCall technology into his app.