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A Year of AIMES

It has been a year since Deveryware, EDGENEERING and Omnitor began the AIMES Project to provide the public safety sector a single solution for the transition to Internet-based emergency services.

It has been a year since DeverywareEDGENEERING and Omnitor began the AIMES Project to provide the public safety sector a single solution for the transition to Internet-based emergency services. One of the key goals of the project is therefore to offer a better accessibility to emergency services for all, through modern multimedia and data capabilities, envisioning the setup of  fully interoperable pan-European emergency system.

The AIMES challenge has greatly benefited from the support of all the members of the AIMES End-users Advisory Board (EUAB) and has produced relevant results thus far, concerning the production of the AIMES System requirements, the design the architecture that will support the new AIMES functionalities and the setup of the primary elements of the AIMES Testbed.

Within the new functions brought by AIMES, it is possible to highlight the interoperability between the SIP (NG112) and the Web (WebRTC) worlds that, leveraging on existing ETSI standards, will allow to cover a greater number of applications dedicated to emergency response. Importantly, the use of the PEMEA specifications will empower alerting Apps to complement current technologies, such as Cell Broadcast or SMS, as well as to overcome the issues of roaming applications in terms of access to 112 services. Further, in addition to voice calls, the AIMES System will also offer the capability to use chat or video sessions, enlarging the number of channels available for citizens to call 112 services for assistance. To complete the new end-to-end communication upheld by the innovative AIMES System, the new App for First Responders will bring detailed emergency information to the field, improving situational awareness and the efficiency of emergency response.The steps ahead for 2021 are the implementation of the AIMES components, the integration of all the components into the AIMES System and the validation of the AIMES System in three separate demonstrations involving key stakeholders of the emergency services and public safety sector.