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Ecall: UAE to shorten emergency response time through new communication system in vehicles

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Presidential Court, during the Cabinet meeting at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday
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Abu Dhabi: The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a decision on the technical regulations for emergency communications in vehicles (Ecall), in order to shorten the response time of emergency services by 40 per cent.

The approval came during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court; and Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

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The faster emergency response through Ecall will ultimately contribute to cutting down the death toll on the roads by two per cent, to 10 per cent, and reduce serious injury cases by two per cent, to 15 per cent.

This seeks also to strengthen the country’s globally leading position by ranking the UAE among the top countries in the world in terms of the best response time to emergency calls, which is four minutes.

He added: “Today during the meeting, we reviewed a report on the achievements of the Emirates Council for Food Security in 2023, which included increasing the reserve of strategic food products in the UAE by 85 per cent in 2023, raising the grain storage capacity in the country by 34 per cent, providing an emergency storage capacity of hundreds of thousands of tons, and the signing of several international partnership agreements on food systems and sustainable agriculture. Our target is to sustainably ensure our food security, at all times, under any circumstances.”