Signalling Tester Solutions MD8475A
Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) announced the August 31 start of orders for the eCall Tester MX703330E and MSD ERA GLONASS MX703330E-031 options for the company’s popular Signalling Tester MD8475A, supporting benchtop tests for the European eCall System*1 and Russian ERA GLONASS system*2.
The MD8475A operates as a base station simulator for each communications system using hardware and software installed in the main frame. Using the newly developed MX703330E and MX703330E-031 announced today in combination with the MD8475A supports in-house testing and evaluation of communications modules (in-vehicle equipment*3) with built-in eCall/ERA GLONASS functions, as well as general evaluation following installation of these modules in automobiles. Since it is difficult to test emergency call systems using a live network, the eCall/ERA GLONASS application supports laboratory testing. Consequently, the new system not only cuts development time but also reduces costs because evaluations can be performed in-house using the base station simulator.
The MD8475A is used worldwide by communications carriers and mobile terminal makers as an instrument for verifying the performance and functions of mobile terminals. The recent spread of M2M*4 applications is also increasing the number of enquiries from communications module vendors. With this new release, the MD8475A now supports eCall/ERA GLONASS measurement solutions, helping expand mobile broadband business applications.
Mobile communications have increasing numbers of applications, and demand for mobile test environments is growing. Not only are automobiles becoming internet connected but there is also an increasing need for a test environment supporting automobile applications, such as accident emergency assistance systems now being rolled-out in Europe and Russia. With its easy-to-use dedicated SmartStudio GUI, the MD8475A is ideal for evaluating in-vehicle equipment without requiring specialist knowledge of mobile communications, so developers can easily develop new applications without worrying about mobile communications protocols. In particular, today’s announcement offering an eCall/ERA GLONASS test environment for the MD8475A greatly simplifies application development and evaluation.
The eCall Tester MX703330E is application software for the Signalling Tester MD8475A which simulates the European eCall system. Using it in combination with the MD8475A supports verification of PSAP*5 sequences used by eCall in-vehicle communications. Additionally, it can also simulate and test communications faults, which is difficult to achieve on a live network.
Further, adding the MSD ERA GLONASS option MX703330E-031 expands the simulation coverage to support the Russian ERA GLONASS system as well as the eCall system.
Signalling Tester MD8475A
The MD8475A is composed of a main frame and hardware and measurement software options supporting the various communications technologies; it is an all-in-one base station simulator for testing multi-mode mobile terminals. It can be used to configure a customized test environment matching the application for the best cost performance. Setting of communications and operation parameters is simplified by the easy-to-use GUI. The MD8475A also supports Category-4*6 compliant Throughput*7 tests (150 Mbps*8 down (from base station to terminal) and 50 Mbps up (from terminal to base station)).
The MD8475A is composed of a main frame and hardware and measurement software options supporting the various communications technologies; it is an all-in-one base station simulator for testing multi-mode mobile terminals. It can be used to configure a customized test environment matching the application for the best cost performance.Setting of communications and operation parameters is simplified by the easy-to-use GUI. The MD8475A also supports Category-4*6 compliant Throughput*7 tests (150 Mbps*8 down (from base station to terminal) and 50 Mbps up (from terminal to base station)).
Target Markets and Applications
- Target Markets: Communications module vendors, in-vehicle equipment vendors, automobile makers, communications carriers
- Target Applications: Evaluation of eCall, ERA GLONASS applications
*1 eCall System
eCall is a European system for contacting a public emergency assistance center automatically with information about the vehicle location, type, etc., after an accident. The standards for the in-vehicle equipment are expected to be defined in 2018.
*2 ERA GLONASS System: Emergency Road Assistance GLONASS System
ERA GLONASS is the Russian equivalent of the Europan eCall system for contacting a public emergency assistance center automatically with information about the vehicle location, type, etc., after an accident. The standards for the in-vehicle equipment are expected to be defined in 2017.
*3 In-vehicle Equipment
This is the communications equipment installed in the vehicle.
*4 M2M: Machine to Machine
Rather than a human interface between machines, this system uses intercommunications via IP networks. Systems using these mobile communications are increasing as the mobile environment and sensors become faster, and communications costs get cheaper.
*5 PSAP: Public Safety Answering Point
This is the emergency assistance center. The eCall/ERA GLONASS emergency call is connected to the nearest PSAP and emergency staffs are dispatched immediately to the accident location as necessary.
This is an index of the amount of data transferred per unit time. In the mobile communications field, it indicates the actual data transfer speed between the base station and the mobile terminal.
*7 Mbps: Megabits per second
This is the unit of communications speed. 1 Mbps means 1 million bits of data are transferred in 1 second.
Anritsu Corporation (www.Anritsu.com) has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 110 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.
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