Spirent Rolls Out Automotive Emergency Services Test for GNSS Simulators

Spirent Communications has unveiled its eCall and ERA-GLONASS In-Vehicle Systems (IVS) test solution to verify the functionality and protocol conformance of the eCall and ERA GLONASS­–enabled vehicular systems. eCall and ERA  GLONASS will soon become mandatory in new vehicles in Europe and Russia respectively.


Spirent Communications has unveiled its eCall and ERA-GLONASS In-Vehicle Systems (IVS) test solution to verify the functionality and protocol conformance of the eCall and ERA GLONASS­–enabled vehicular systems. eCall and ERA  GLONASS will soon become mandatory in new vehicles in Europe and Russia respectively.

Europe’s eCall- and Russia’s ERA GLONASS–enabled emergency services use GNSS, telecommunication, and information technologies to cut emergency services response time and are expected to decrease road fatalities. To ensure these services meet government-mandated requirements, eCall/ERA-GLONASS IVS functionality must be tested in real-world scenarios with highly accurate GPS and/or GLONASS simulation.

The Spirent eCall and ERA-GLONASS IVS test solution uses the Spirent GSS6700 or GSS6300M GNSS simulators, to evaluate location performance, and the eCall/ERA GLONASS Simulator Platform, which provides fast, simple and repeatable test execution and analysis.

With a modular design, the Spirent solution can simulate selected parts of the automotive environment to enable IVS testing or whole environment for closed loop testing. It is designed to support designers in improving their emergency and locations systems with performance testing that provide better sensitivity or greater resilience in weak signal areas. The system also meets the Russian GOST-R specifications with all 17 GOST-R 5534-2013 test cases pre-programmed.

“eCall and ERA-GLONASS represent a huge opportunity to save lives but it also represents a time-sensitive challenge for the automotive industry to have their systems ready,” said Pete Nicholson, general manager of Spirent’s Automotive division. “Our solution will help vehicle makers and IVS vendors verify their systems ahead of the upcoming legal requirements.”

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