Test bed available for ERA-GLONASS and eCall equipment

In-vehicle system test equipment now available from Spirent for testing eCall and ERA-GLONASS automatic emergency call systems.

Spirent Communications has released its eCall and ERA-GLONASS In-Vehicle Systems (IVS) test equipment to verify the functionality and protocol conformance of the eCall and ERA GLONASS enabled vehicular systems. eCall and ERA GLONASS will soon become mandatory in new vehicles in Europe and the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Respecively, eCall and ERA-GLONASS are European and Russian initiatives that combine mobile communications, navigation and information technologies to provide rapid assistance to vehicle occupants in the event of a collision. The initiatives are anticipated to cut emergency services response time by 50-60% and to decrease road fatalities by 10% per year. To ensure these services meet government-mandated requirements, the eCall/ERA-GLONASS IVS must be tested for all possible real world scenarios, which requires highly accurate GPS and/or GLONASS simulation.

With a modular design, the Spirent system can simulate selected elements of the real automotive environment to enable IVS testing, or the whole environment for closed loop testing. It also enables designers to optimise their emergency and location systems with performance testing that helps ensure better sensitivity or greater resilience in weak signal areas. The system also meets the Russian GOST-R specifications with all 17 GOST-R 5534-2013 test cases pre-programmed.

“eCall and ERA-GLONASS represent a huge opportunity to save lives but it also represents a time-sensitive challenge for the automotive industry to have their systems ready,” said Pete Nicholson, general manager of Spirent’s Automotive division. “Our system will help vehicle makers and IVS vendors verify their systems ahead of the forthcoming legal requirements. It offers a scalable approach that is both highly controllable and flexible, which ensures the accurate and repeatable test results that will reduce product development time.”

The Spirent eCall and ERA-GLONASS IVS test system builds on Spirent’s long-established position in satellite navigation and mobile communications testing. It uses the highly accurate Spirent GSS6700 or GSS6300M global navigation satellite system (GNSS) simulator to evaluate location performance, and the eCall/ERA GLONASS Simulator Platform, which provides fast, simple and repeatable test execution and analysis.

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