Nokia scoops up European emergency location deal with Ford

Nokia will provide Ford Motor Co. with European reference data for use with the motor company's Emergency Assistance technology.

The service, which will be first installed in Ford's B-MAX multipurpose vehicle later this year, can be used to discover a driver's location and determine the appropriate language required to alert local emergency services.

Nokia said that when the system is triggered automated voice messages are sent which are then coordinated by local emergency medical and other services in the local language rather than routing messages through a call centre.

This local language selection uses geofencing to define both country borders and regional sub-divisions which effect language--for example within Belgium or Switzerland--so that notification of an accident and precise location of the vehicle can be communicated to the local emergency services.

Further time is saved by the use of compression technology to reduce the data necessary to determine the vehicle's location, with the company claiming that its Location & Commerce solution combines several new techniques to compress the file without losing any critical data.

Ford's Emergency Assistance will be free-of-charge as part of Sync platform, and is already installed in around 4 million cars in the US.

Earlier this year, Ford selected Nokia's location platform, including its Navteq mapping technology, as part of its Evos concept car. The Evos is designed to demonstrate how cloud services can help with Internet access and traffic-enabled routing.

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