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Ofcom approves new emergency video call service for British Sign Language users

Ofcom approves new emergency video call service for British Sign Language users

Glasgow-based Sign Language Interactions has been approved by Ofcom to provide the forthcoming British Sign Language emergency video relay service in the UK.
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Ofcom plans emergency services app for sign language users

Ofcom plans emergency services app for sign language users

New rules from UK communications regulator Ofcom are set to give British Sign Language users access to the emergency services via a video-relay app and website.
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MEPs want European cars to phone for help... but there's still no legislation

The EU’s transport and internal market committees have adopted a report that says all new cars sold in the EU from 2015 should be able to dial the emergency services automatically when they are involved in a serious accident. This recommendation isn’t legally binding, although the European Commission is expected to announce proposed legislation later this year.

Vehicles with ‘eCall’ mobile technology would automatically call the Europe-wide emergency number 112 when a crash is detected.

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Europe moves closer to implementing eCall emergency call system for road accidents

The European Commission has adopted a recommendation urging its member states to ensure their mobile networks are ready for eCall devices.

It wants all new cars produced from 2015 to contain an eCall device that’ll automatically call the 112 pan-European emergency number if there’s a serious accident. The in-car eCall device would pass the vehicle's location to the emergency services but wouldn’t track the user’s location until activated.

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Foreign Office trials emergency text message service

The UK Foreign Office has launched a trial service with Vodafone to deliver emergency text messages to customers when they're abroad.

This service will be available to Vodafone UK subscribers and to customers on Vodafone-based virtual networks, including those using Asda Mobile, Lebara Mobile, Talkmobile, Talk Talk, BT Mobile, Gamma Telecom and Cognatel.

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