Interoperability, Safety and Security in IoT. Third International Conference, InterIoT 2017, and Fourth International Conference, SaSeIot 2017, Valencia, Spain, November 6-7, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Smart Devices for Automated Emergency Calls

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-93797-7_4,
        author={Mihai Buf and Barbara Guerra and Marco Manso},
        title={Smart Devices for Automated Emergency Calls},
        proceedings={Interoperability, Safety and Security in IoT. Third International Conference, InterIoT 2017, and Fourth International Conference, SaSeIot 2017, Valencia, Spain, November 6-7, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={INTERIOT \& SASEIOT},
        year={2018},
        month={7},
        keywords={Internet of Things Text-to-speech Emergency services},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-93797-7_4}
    }
    
  • Mihai Buf
    Barbara Guerra
    Marco Manso
    Year: 2018
    Smart Devices for Automated Emergency Calls
    INTERIOT & SASEIOT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93797-7_4
Mihai Buf1, Barbara Guerra2, Marco Manso2,*
  • 1: Orange Romania
  • 2: Rinicom
*Contact email: marco@rinicom.com

Abstract

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) promises to transform our society into smart environments, incorporating smart objects that cooperate to fulfil specific goals. Amongst its many applications, emergencies can also benefit from IoT principles and use of automation for a better emergency response and reducing the number of fatalities. Smart devices can be used to detect emergency events (e.g., fire, presence of hazardous gases) and automatically trigger alerts to emergency services. However, emergency services today mostly rely on circuit-switch networks and audio-based calls. Therefore, in this paper, we describe our concept to apply the IoT paradigm to the concept of automated calls, in which audio calls are generated from preformatted messages and a text-to-speech engine. Supported by an implemented prototype, our approach brings the benefits of automated calls without requiring significant investments to the infrastructure and systems of emergency services.