Network simulator application provides packaged eCall test

August 26, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Anritsu has added a specific function to its MD8475A instrument to provide, the company claims, the first effective system level test of European and Russian Emergency Road Assistance Systems

The test runs on the MD8475A network simulator, to provide the first laboratory hardware-in-the-loop system level test for the European eCall system and Russian ERA/GLONASS system. Anritsu says it has the first eCall tester based on a complete network simulator with a flexible software tool simulating Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP), which greatly simplifies application development and evaluation.

The eCall Tester option (MX703330E) and MSD ERA/GLONASS option (MX703330E-031) used in combination with the MD8475A now supports in-house testing and evaluation of communications modules (in-vehicle systems, IVS) with built-in eCall and ERA/GLONASS functions, as well as general evaluation following installation of these modules in cars. As it is difficult to test emergency call systems using a live network, the eCall and ERA/GLONASS applications support laboratory testing, which not only cuts development time, but also reduces costs because evaluations can be performed in-house using network simulator, and reduces the amount of field testing needed to verify and de-bug eCall systems. These solutions offer the first system level test environment using a flexible control GUI and user configurable settings, to provide a test environment where different modes and configurations of network and eCall environments can be configured and tested.

The MD8475A operates as an all-in-one network simulator for testing multi-standard cellular wireless modules. Composed of hardware and multiple measurement software options, the MD8475A supports all standard cellular communications technologies, enabling chipset and module developers to verify the performance and functions of communications devices. With its dedicated SmartStudio GUI, the MD8475A is suitable for evaluating in-vehicle systems, including V2X and M2M testing.

Anritsu; www.anritsu.com