The provision of Emergency Call Box (ECB) / SOS call box telephones for use by stranded motorists or people in highway emergency situations is a tried and tested method of improving public road safety records. Typically, an Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT system will reduce serious and long term injuries by 40% over a 3 year period, by virtue of alerting incidents faster and by delivering a more appropriate emergency response. To improve road safety, most countries worldwide also stipulates a regulatory requirement to install emergency roadside telephones. As an example, The European Parliament Directive of 2004/54/EC stipulates that all road tunnels above 500 meters in length should have Emergency Roadside Telephones installed at least every 150 meters.
Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT are typically connected to a transport police control room and/ or emergency breakdown services. An autodial on handset lift is often used to connect users directly to the remote control room for appropriate response in each situation. By using an Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT system, the location of the incident will immediately be known to central control room staff, and it is this unique feature that makes Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT systems such a critical part of the prevision of road security.
J&R has a long history of delivering Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT systems in many countries, ensuring essential communications when it is most needed. In the remaining part this review we shall look at some of the issues that needs to be addressed when selecting your Emergency Roadside Telephone - ERT system.