Gunnar Hellström


Gunnar Hellström specializes in accessible communications technology. He is the founder of Omnitor, Sweden, devoted to developments and service provision in this area. Through a series of engagements, Gunnar has been instrumental for the creation of numerous international standards for accessible communication in ITU-T, ETSI, IETF, 3GPP and ATIS, including real-time text conversation in multimedia, the Total Conversation concept, accessible emergency services and relay services, as well as been leading in development projects leading to usability increase by implementing these standards.

As examples of engagements, Gunnar was Rapporteur for the working group for Accessibility to Multimedia in ITU-T Study Group 16 for Multimedia Systems and Services 1997-2004, technical coordinator in the EU project REACH112 for accessible emergency services in 2009-2012, was a member of the EAAC committee providing advice on accessible emergency services to the FCC in USA during years 2011-2013, served as rapporteur for a series of ETSI EMTEL documents on Total Conversation for Emergency Communication during 2011-2016, and standards advisor in the Horizon 2020 NEXES project for Next Generation Emergency Services from 2015.

Gunnar has received the EENA – 112 Outstanding REACH112 Award in 2010 for the Total Conversation concept, the Kruth Award by the Swedish Deaf Association SDR in 2013 for achievements in telecommunications for deaf people, and Robert H. Weitbrecht Telecommunications Access Award by TDI USA in 2017 for achievements in standardization and development of accessible communication including the Total Conversation concept.