Averna Launches New Version of Universal Receiver Tester for GPS

Averna Launches New Version of Universal Receiver Tester for GPS
Averna URT

Global test engineering company Averna, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has launched the URT (Universal Receiver Tester) 5.0, a new line of turnkey solutions for GPS receiver testing.

Global test engineering company Averna, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has launched the URT (Universal Receiver Tester) 5.0, a new line of turnkey solutions for GPS receiver testing.

For this new version, the URT design team collaborated with leading personal navigation device (PND) makers and mapping software developers to create the NAVASIM and G-SIM toolkits, which allow for reduced field testing. Other enhancements include a new, intuitive graphical user interface, and optimizations to the existing GPS constellation simulator.

The URT line of solutions enables RF manufacturers to generate, record, and play back all common radio, video, and navigation signals in use today. “By eliminating the manual entry of waypoints, the new features of URT 5.0 respond directly to an industry need to reduce scenario-creation time, and to test TMC efficiently,” said Dominique Fortin, director of RF products at Averna.

With the Navigation Advanced Simulator (NAVASIM) software toolkit, test engineers can create routes and scenarios using built-in Tele Atlas maps enabled by an system developer kit from Telogis, reducing GPS receiver validation test times. Scenarios can be customized by inserting start and end points as well as stops, by changing vehicle speed, and by generating TMC (Traffic Message Channel) events.

The Advanced GPS Simulator software toolkit is designed for real-time GPS L1 C/A constellation simulation for up to 12 satellites. It allows the user to set all satellite parameters and simulation characteristics, such as ionosphere and troposphere model. G-SIM can be used as a complement to NAVASIM, allowing engineers to recreate more realistic test conditions.

The URT 5.0 will be available in October 2009.

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