Spirent Announces New GNSS/GPS Testing Software
January 11, 2017
Inside GNSS, January/February 2017
Spirent Communications plc has announced the availability of PT TestBench — software designed to help technology, system and application developers build more accurate positioning functions more quickly. According to the company, the testing, analysis and reporting package automates testing of GPS and other global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers, so higher quality systems are brought to market faster and more reliably.
This software is designed to provide standards for GNSS receiver performance assessment, thus preventing the need for developers to create test plans themselves from scratch. PT TestBench embodies more than 30 years of Spirent GNSS testing expertise, enabling all users to setup, run, iterate and interpret time-consuming tests with a single mouse click.
“PT TestBench will transform GPS/GNSS receiver testing, and will help developers to focus on delivering better end-user experience,” said Romain Zimmermann, Spirent product manager. “It can also assess receiver designs against real-world GPS jamming and spoofing signals.”
PT TestBench works with existing Spirent equipment including 6300M, 6700, 7000 and 9000 simulators. It enables users to:
By adding the GNSS Vulnerabilities and Threats test suite, PT TestBench users gain 12 months’ access to PT Cloud – a continuously updated cloud library of real-world GNSS threats. It offers multiple instances of captured “real-world” intentional interference waverforms, GNSS segment errors and receiver transitions, as well as jamming and spoofing events, plus the latest observed space weather and scintillation. Together, these instances can provide an optimal means to build robust testing into a user’s GNSS simulations.
To complement PT TestBench, Spirent Professional Services are available to integrate devices under test in PT TestBench, and if a user’s particular application requires modified test cases, they can tailor solutions to match a specific need. For more information on how to create a GPS/GNSS test plan, Spirent offers a free guide for engineers integrating positioning, navigation or timing features into new devices. Additionally, more information on PT TestBench can be found by visiting www.spirent.com/Products/PT-TestBench.
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