Measuring station scrutinizes eCall functionality

August 26, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Quick help after a car accident is a major factor to reduce traffic fatalities. For this reason, the eCall system will be mandatory in new cars in Europe, starting in March 2018. For developers, it is high time to get their systems up and running. Anritsu offers a new functionality for its MD8475A network simulator that helps engineers to develop and evaluate their eCall applications.

With vehicle safety at the forefront of automotive testing and development, ensuring the quickest response from emergency services in the event of a traffic accident could save millions of lives. Anritsu offers 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. According to the company, this is the first laboratory hardware enabling in-the-loop tests of both the European eCall system and Russian ERA/GLONASS system

The new 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 in-vehicle communications modules with built-in eCall and ERA/GLONASS functions, as well as general evaluation following installation of these modules in automobiles. 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 industry’s 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 with ease.

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 easy-to-use dedicated SmartStudio GUI, the MD8475A is ideal for evaluating in-vehicle systems, facilitating V2X and M2M testing.

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