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Spectracom Introduces eCall Compliance Tools for the Automotive Industry

GSG.jpgSpectrac Compliance testing capabilities needed by all automotive manufacturers selling into the European Union market. Photo source: Spectracom. (Click image to enlarge.)
June 28, 2017

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Orolia, through its Spectracom brand, has introduced built-in scenarios for testing eCall In-Vehicle Systems compliance to the GNSS requirements of the regulation as an option with its latest Spectracom GSG Simulator products.

In an initiative to bring life-saving rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision, EU regulation 2015/758 requires new vehicle types of M1 and N1 anywhere in the EU to be equipped with eCall in-vehicle systems as of March 31, 2018. In case of a crash, eCall systems automatically call the nearest emergency center while sending the exact location, dramatically reducing response times. EU member states that do not comply will be refused EC type-approval for new types of motor vehicles. Spectracom is providing options to ensure that automotive manufacturers who plan to continue selling into this market are equipped with the right tools for testing the eCall regulatory compliance of their equipment.

The Spectracom GSG line of GNSS simulators efficiently simulate all the major GNSS constellations needed for testing compliance of critical signal receiving equipment in a variety of eCall scenarios including:
• Positioning accuracy under different conditions
• Time-to-first-fix
• GNSS receiver sensitivity
• Re-acquisition performance following signal outages
• Playing specific static and dynamic trajectory scenarios
• Changing RF transmit power level manually or remotely sequenced as required by standard

"The eCall regulations require significant effort on the part of the auto industry to comply, and we are pleased to be including standard eCall scenarios as an option for our popular line of Spectracom GSG Simulators,” Product Manager Lisa Perdue said. “We work in partnership with our automotive industry clients and will continue evolving the simulation product line to meet their needs for compliance testing with life-saving regulations."

Earlier, Orolia, announced that it has taken the next integration steps with its Spectracom line of Resilient PNT products, which will enable clients to take full advantage of Talen-X's BroadShield Interference and Spoofing Detection technology. The announcement follows up on news of the recent Talen-X strategic alliance.

Through the strategic partnership with Talen-X, Orolia is now able to provide improved protection against emerging GPS threats in their Spectracombrand of products, including the SecureSync precision time and frequency reference, the company said.

Orolia’s Spectracom and Talen-X have aligned hardware and software development efforts to jointly develop, market and sell an advanced PNT solution. The goal is to combine the strengths of leading SpectracomResilient PNT products with Talen-X's interference and spoofing detection suite (BroadShield).
Spectracom SecureSync will take full advantage of Talen-X’s BroadShield algorithms, which are known for meeting the requirements for Critical Infrastructure published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Beyond complying with DHS best practices, Talen-X has further enhanced the BroadShield algorithms to go beyond simply detecting various threats.

For background on the development of eCall, read this earlier Inside GNSS column by Peter Gutierrez.

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