GPS/GNSS receiver validation gets faster, more accuarte

January 12, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Spirent Communications has announced the availability of PT TestBench – software to help technology, system and application developers build more accurate positioning functions more quickly.

The testing, analysis and reporting package automates testing of GPS and other global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers, so higher quality systems are brought to market faster and more reliably.

Until now, there have been no standards for GNSS receiver performance assessment, leaving developers to create test plans themselves from scratch. PT TestBench embodies more than 30 years of Spirent GNSS testing expertise, enabling all users to setup, run, iterate and interpret time-consuming tests with a single mouse click.

“PT TestBench will transform GPS/GNSS receiver testing, and will help developers to focus on delivering better end-user experience,” said Romain Zimmermann, Spirent Product Manager.”It can also assess receiver designs against real-world GPS jamming and spoofing signals”.

PT TestBench works with existing Spirent equipment including 6300M, 6700, 7000 and 9000 simulators. It enables users to:

  • Select the right GNSS tests: Pick from test suites covering fundamental GNSS tests and real-world vulnerabilities and threats.
  • Automatically run and repeat tests: Define test repeatability for faster testing and statistically meaningful results.
  • Save time on setup and interpretation: GNSS scenarios and test cases are built in, with pass/fail analytics based on user-defined or default standards.
  • Test for the latest GNSS challenges: Access our constantly-updated library of observed, real-world signal interference and threats, including solar weather, scintillation and spoofing.