Spirent Communications, a provider of navigation, positioning and wireless test solutions, announced at MWC 2013 that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Spirent’s Hybrid Location Technology Solution (HLTS) to expand the location testing capabilities in their R&D labs.
As the first test solution of its kind, Spirent’s HLTS brings together all elements of hybrid positioning technology synchronously. It enables ESA to test positioning performance with a combination of Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GNSS), Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensor and cellular positioning technologies.
ESA’s initial use of HLTS is to test OTDOA (Observed Time Difference of Arrival), a cellular technology that enables accurate positioning indoors. HLTS provides the ability to test OTDOA performance metrics in the lab and assesses the technology’s accuracy under a wide range of conditions, including various combinations of PRS bandwidth, muting patterns and impairments such as multipath and fading.
‘Spirent navigation and positioning systems have been a big part of our R&D efforts over the years,’ said Massimo Crisci, Head of Radio Navigation Systems and Techniques Section of the Technical Directorate in ESA/ESTEC. ‘HLTS is a unique and powerful test platform that delivers repeatable and reliable lab-based testing while combining the key positioning technologies.’
‘We’re excited that ESA continues to employ Spirent’s location technology solutions in their leading-edge R&D initiatives,’ said Spirent vice-president Nigel Wright. ‘The collaboration between our companies demonstrates our joint commitment to lead and accelerate the development of next-generation location technologies for the wireless industry.’