Signal simulators play a critical role within the GNSS product pipeline. Chipset and receiver manufacturers depend on them to provide the relevant scenarios necessary to accurately test and certify their products. Laboratories also rely on GNSS simulators to run specific tests and to develop new standards.
The challenge, however, is that chipset and receiver manufacturers have rapidly evolving needs. In order to keep up, GNSS signal simulators must be regularly updated. But to do this, simulator manufacturers must know what those needs are.
To bridge the gap between chipset and receiver manufacturers and GNSS simulator manufacturers, EUSPA, together with the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is organising a GNSS Signal Simulator Manufacturers Forum on 13 December 2022.
Helping signal simulator manufacturers keep their products up to date
The online forum aims to help signal simulator manufacturers keep their products up to date by presenting the latest service interface control documents (ICDs), including those for the Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication, the Galileo High Accuracy Service and for the I/NAV improvements.
Manufacturers use ICDs to access information provided from a GNSS satellite’s Signal in Space (SiS) or from such terrestrial means as the internet. However, before a manufacturer can turn this information into a new product or service, they must first test it – which is where GNSS simulators come into play.
“Whether it be a personal navigation system or smart watch, before a device or application that relies on GNSS signals hits the market manufacturers first need to ensure it works,” explains Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation at EUSPA. “GNSS simulators allow manufacturers to test the accuracy of their receivers by simulating such real-world factors as vehicle and satellite motion, signal characteristics and atmospheric effects.”
Addressing manufacturer needs
The forum will also serve as a channel for addressing GNSS signal simulator manufacturers’ needs, questions, and concerns. “As part of our mission to link space to user needs, EUSPA maintains close ties with the downstream industry and supports its development of new services, including Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.
In addition to being a source of market intelligence, EUSPA offers the downstream market a range of funding opportunities, including the Fundamental Elements scheme. Part of EUSPA’s market uptake strategy, Fundamental Elements is an EU R&D funding mechanism supporting the development of EGNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas.
To register about the GNSS Signal Simulator Manufacturers Forum, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registering is 8 December.
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