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Pettitt P.,InnovITS | Stevens A.,Transport Research Laboratory | Panesar M.,MIRA Ltd | Visser M.,Cinterion
19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

This paper describes development of an end-to-end performance testing capability for the Pan-European eCall system. eCall provides automatic crash notification through a digital message sent from a vehicle to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) over a public mobile phone network. eCall standards are available and systems are being deployed within European pilot trials. However, characterising the performance of eCall in a robust and reproducible way under different conditions of signal quality and attenuation requires a dedicated testing environment. The paper describes how the innovITS ADVANCE track, with its extensive communications capabilities, is being developed to provide a comprehensive eCall testing facility. Results from some initial performance tests of eCall equipment are also discussed.

Dumville M.,NSL | Roberts W.,NSL | Lowe D.,NSL | Wales B.,NSL | And 3 more authors.
GPS World | Year: 2013

Emerging GNSS applications in automobiles support regulation, security, safety, and financial transactions, as well as navigation, guidance, traffic information, and entertainment. The GNSS sub-systems and onboard applications must demonstrate robustness under a range of environments and varying threats. NSL, a GNSS applications and development company, was commissioned by innovITS to develop Skyclone in response to this need. The Skyclone tool is located between the raw GNSS signals and the in-vehicle system. As the vehicle travels around the Advance track, Skyclone modifies the GNSS signals to simulate their reception characteristics had they been received in a city environment and/or under a jamming attack. Skyclone combines the best parts of real signals, simulated scenarios, and record-and-replay capabilities, all in one box. Skyclone applies satellite masking, attenuation, and interference models to condition/manipulate raw GNSS signals received at a second software receiver in the onboard system.

Crawford D.,InnovITS
Traffic Engineering and Control | Year: 2013

Gone, but unlikely to be forgotten, would be a fitting epitaph for the former UK ITS centre of excellence, which has closed its doors after only eight years of existence. For it has bequeathed to the ITS community an impressive list of achievements.

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