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Comcare Working Group Distributes Vehicular Emergency Incident Data Set for Review

Comcare Working Group Submits Vehicular Emergency Incident Data Set To Other Groups

Washington, DC, USA. November 12, 2002.

The ComCARE Alliance today formally submitted the vehicular emergency incident data set recommendation developed by its multi-party Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) Data Set Working Group to a wide variety of other safety, standards, business and related organizations for their comment, endorsement and use.

Once implemented by users, the data set will enable efficient, national electronic transmission of crash and other emergency information from telematics service providers to emergency response agencies, as well as other data from those agencies and private sources related to vehicular emergencies.

Alan Kitey, acting Executive Director of ComCARE, transmitted the recommendation to more than 20 organizations today. He noted: "There are a wide variety of safety and medical organizations, government agencies, companies, and standards development organizations that may be interested in these issues. Our Working Group plans to consult with these groups to get their input and endorsement of the data set and begin discussing implementation." Kitey singled out the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the National Association of State EMS Directors, and OnStar for their contributions to the process thus far.

"These organizations have done a great job working with our members and others as we all continue to address the important issue of how to introduce telematics information into the emergency response system. We hope the safety organizations will submit the recommendation to appropriate committees in their organizations for their review," Kitey added. "We are pleased that OnStar has publicly endorsed the data set and stated it will use it." A copy of the ComCARE letter to NENA is attached.

The first use of the data set is in the Northern Shenandoah Valley ITS Public Safety Initiative, a project sponsored by Virginia's Department of Transportation (VDOT). Late last fall the leading telematics service providers, OnStar and ATX, pledged their cooperation with the Initiative, and the data set effort was launched, with VDOT providing support for ComCARE's work in facilitating the effort. Some companies are already using this version of the data set to simulate data created in emergency incidents as part of safety technology demonstrations.

"Companies will build the data set into the new information technology systems they will be trialing in our Initiative in the Shenandoah Valley," said Dr. Jack Potter, Director of Emergency Medical Services of Valley Health System of Winchester, Virginia, and a leader of the Initiative. "We will be seeing use of this data set very soon." More than 20 organizations participated in the effort, including safety leaders of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Initiative, OnStar, ATX Technologies, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the National Association of State EMS Directors, the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), and others. The participation and leadership of OnStar and ATX represents more than 95 percent of the existing telematics market. Developing an ACN data standard was first recommended by the National Mayday Readiness Initiative (NMRI), which ComCARE and the US Department of Transportation sponsored in 2000.

Currently, when telematics service providers (TSPs), such as OnStar and ATX Technologies, receive data about an emergency from one of their customers' cars, they verbally relay the information to a public safety agency. TSPs, and emergency agencies such as 9-1-1, EMS systems, and hospitals currently do not electronically share incident data. The new draft vehicular emergency incident data set is the first step in a process to enable the electronic flow of emergency information from a TSP, such as ACN data, or a commercial vehicle operator, including hazmat information, to and among multiple public safety agencies, including 9-1-1 centers, other public safety entities, hospitals, transportation agencies and EMTs dispatched to the incident scene.

The data set recommendation was sent to organizations including the American College of Emergency Physicians, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Police Chiefs, ANSI, ITS America, Society of Automotive Engineers, IEEE, OASIS, Institute of Transportation Engineers, National Association of EMS Physicians, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, and others.

Detailed information on the draft vehicular emergency incident data set can be viewed on the ComCARE website at ( ComCARE is a non-profit of 90 member organizations the mission of which is to improve emergency communications and response through public/private cooperation and new technologies. For more information, email at, or contact Patrick Halley at or +1 (202) 429-0574.


Alan Kitey - ComCARE Alliance
Tel: +1 202.429.0574

ComCARE Alliance Communications for Coordinated Assistance and Response to Emergencies
888 17th Street, NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
+1 (202) 429-0574
Fax (202) 296-2962 WWW:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "ComCARE Alliance Publishes XML-Based Emergency Incident Data Set Recommendation." See also: "Leaders In The Emergency Management Industry Form EXML Consortium to Establish Interoperability Standards."

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