These real-life examples illustrate how better caller location allows for a quick response and help. The attached snapshot shows the exact position of a tourist lost in the mountains. In this way he could be located and guided by emergency services, thanks to his mobile device.
On Saturday 11th February, the European Union celebrated 112 Day - the day of the Single European Emergency Number. With an average of 255 million mobile emergency calls every year, a new technical solution helps to provide accurate caller location for people in distress.
11 February is European 112 Day, a day aimed at raising public awareness of Europe's emergency number, 112. This year in August will be 25 years since 112 number was introduced, yet a survey shows that only half (48%) of EU citizens could spontaneously identify 112 as the number that allows them to call the police, fire brigade or medical services anywhere in the EU at no cost.
On the occasion of February 11 - European 112 day, an EC report summarises emergency number uptake and use Europe-wide, while other EC activity in the past year or coming up in the following months is also presented.
This is the final monitoring report in a series of four on the electronic communications and information society sectors in the nine countries that have been taking part in an ongoing process of the enlargement of the EU: Croatia, Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo*. The report covers the key market and regulatory developments between May 2013 and January 2014. It also assesses progress in these countries in aligning national ICT policies with the goals and priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). The main analytical report is complemented by an annex on the cross-country data.