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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

CPS-PSAP112 (Drones, eCall and Cyber Physical Systems for Public Safety Answering Points 112)

The main concept of the experiment proposed is the technology readiness evaluation of SOFIA2 for the next requirements of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP 112) in the European Market. More precisely, the experiment will introduce the next standardized eCall data in the management of critical accidents and the use of drones as a new source of information.

Sofia2 Useage

The project will introduce the use of drones as a new source of information and next standardized eCall data in the management of critical accidents (in April 2018 eCall devices will be mandatory for automotive industries in Europe).

The experiment will be carried out in close collaboration with the CPSE Labs Design Centre of Spain hosted by Technical University of Madrid (UPM). The experiment will be focused on the industrial domain of civil security (new domain where Sofia2 has not been applied yet) and in particular the fields of emergency response and civil protection.


Innovation through open technologies as a new approach in the value chain for civil security

The civil security market is characterized by proprietary technologies that are a crucial element for the competitive position of companies on the market. CPS-PSAP112 vision is to disrupt the current business models with closed and proprietary solutions on the market by providing an open software and hardware environment that enables civil protection organizations in order to become the independent, open communication and information platform for emergency management in Europe, in this case traffic accidents. CPS-PSAP112 integrates a multi-purpose nature of technologies to maximise the scope for their application, and to foster cross-fertilisation and take-up of existing technologies for the civil security sector.

Depending on the PSAP mandate, the software should be able to receive, not only e-call data but emergency related information using different kind of sensors like fire-sensors, burglar alarm sensors, panic button or automated external defibrillators. Process of handling information via MQTT, COAP or other standard-like technologies is already an innovation to the sector and SOFIA2 will allow this integration.

Taking into account that eCall data provides more information than voice, a complex automatic response or routes will be demanded by PSAPs. Sofia2 will provide an advanced mechanism based on data flows that manage events and routing perfectly. For example in case of bus accident and speed over 120Km/h eCall could be routed to firemen, before any evaluation or voice call.

Sofia2 also integrates sources of geo-located data like Twitter and other social networks that could help PSAPs in the evaluation of impacts and critical situations. For example in case of Gas-Toxic or fire accident PSAP could estimate the population of the zone. Beyond this experiment we hope to include additional information to the panel based on this APIĀ“s that improve the product and give us a competitive advantage.

Market needs and opportunities for CPS-PSAP112

According to data from Spanish Traffic Agency (DGT) and RACE, during 2015 in Spain there have been more mechanical problems on the roads and the number of accidents with victims has increased. The data show an increase of 9% of mechanical failures with respect to 2014, especially concerned increased 11.2% in cases in which a user was involved in a traffic accident. This data, coupled with the increase of accidents with fatalities presented by the DGT, going from 984 to 1018, reveal the need to promote measures to reduce the risk on the road, such as investment in infrastructure, fleet renewal, training to better conduct and promotion of tax incentives for the use of safer roads with less risk of accident, such as highways.

Using Drones in the approach and initial assessment of the accident, according to the procedure that is often used (see for example Andalusia or Castilla La Mancha) could improve the responsiveness performance. It may also be necessary to activate other resources according to the characteristics of the incident, like specialists in environment if there is spillage of hazardous substances, etc. For this, Drones could be very useful to fight quickly against the emergency. With the use of Drones with thermos-cameras in case of accident, the emergency management center could know more accurately the resources to mobilize in the early stages of the incident.


We cover many technical objectives that will test and evaluate SOFIA2 capabilities as a PSAP application:

  • Define a new eCall ontology based on e-call and CPS critical information.
  • Design and develop a useful dashboard, intuitive and manageable in order PSAP qualified personal to assist Search and Rescue (SAR) teams in dealing with the difficult and dangerous, but life-saving tasks of detecting, locating and rescuing human survivors of a traffic accident.
  • Test, measure and evaluate SOFIA2 near real-time response for critical platforms as a PSAP requirement in eCall scenario. 112 voice calls must be attended by assistant with a panel that shows eCall data and sensors around immediately or close to real time.
  • In this experiment we will integrate Thermograph picture form drones properly on the SOFIA 2 GIS API with enough accuracy and real time response, with the objective to be a critical tool in the evaluation of critical situations and coordination of SAR teams.
  • Overall we expect that SOFIA2 will help to reduce development time and effort around 50% thus increasing the ROI. This will allow us to build a new configurable and compatible product for PSAP demand in a matured market where tailored solutions and turn-key projects are 90% of the arena. PSAP are usually connected to Smart Cities platforms so we hope to find synergies that give us an advantage to deploy our solution on the market.

Design centre

This experiment is supported by our Spain design centre

Spain design centre

Technology platforms




1st Jan 2017 - 30th Sept 2017
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 3