GNSS Signal Simulator Supports a Wide Range of PNT Testing

Spectracom’s GNSS simulator platform meets the needs of various industries via applications-specific testing solution

ROCHESTER, NY USA (March 5, 2014) — Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO) and the leading provider of powerful, easy-to-use and affordable test solutions for positioning, navigation and timing, today announced its program to develop robust applications-specific testing solutions. The program fills the technology and expertise gap in providing customers in a variety of industries the tools to perform more comprehensive qualification of their mission-critical systems. Examples include: multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) simulation; integrated MEMs/INS testing; Interference Detection and Mitigation (IDM) verification; assisted-GNSS (A-GPS) validation, HIL testing for automotive applications; high dynamic platform simulations for aerospace and defense (UAVs, UASs); and precision agriculture/surveying testing via RTK/differential measurements.

Spectracom CTO, John Fischer said, “Our full featured platform of multi-GNSS simulation capabilities combine flexible hardware and user oriented software to deliver the functionality and user interfaces necessary for today’s demanding test scenarios. We understand, however, that even the most powerful tools often need something more to reduce complexity, increase productivity and ensure consistent, reliable results. Toward these ends we are excited to bring our extensive applications knowledge directly to our customers to design and deliver custom configurations and test systems that are unique to their applications.”

Today’s PNT applications combine data from a variety of receivers, sensors and other sources. Spectracom is designing its solutions to integrate simulated GNSS RF with all other data sources in the test system for true “hardware-in-the-loop” verification. Spectracom’s new assisted-GNSS (A-GNSS) test feature is designed to integrate with 3GPP/LTE testers to send “assistance data” directly to the device under test. The company takes a similar approach to testing RTK-enabled receivers with user-settable virtual base station parameters.

“Spectracom’s value is to partner with our customers to ensure they have the ability to easily use GNSS simulation as part of a comprehensive PNT testing solution” said Rohit Braggs, Director of Marketing and Strategy. “More testing in the lab enables faster time to market, at a reduced cost and increased reliability. We are asking developers of the most demanding PNT applications to put us to the test.”