u-blox GSM module verified eCall and ERA Glonass ready by Rohde & Schwarz

LEON wireless modem passes comprehensive test of in-band modem

LEON wireless modem passes comprehensive test of in-band modem.

u-blox and Rohde & Schwarz , a worldwide leading supplier of test and measurement equipment, have successfully concluded tests of u-blox’ LEON GSM modem for eCall / ERA Glonass readiness. eCall and ERA Glonass are a EU and Russian initiatives to capitalize on GSM and GPS technologies for vehicle emergency response service. The projects are independently led by the European Commission and the Russian government to provide rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the European Union and Russia.

The extremely positive results of the tests conducted by Rohde & Schwarz validated LEON’s in-band modem capabilities, a crucial requirement to support vehicle-mounted eCall / ERA Glonass equipment,” said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at u-blox.

To test LEON, we implemented a comprehensive in-band modem test environment based on the Radio Communication Tester R&S CMU200, and a PC running a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) simulator (R&S CMU-K94) according to TS 26.268. The results were 100% convincing,” said Markus Hendeli, Product Manager for Application Testing at Rohde & Schwarz.

The core functionality of eCall / ERA Glonass requires an embedded computer that continuously monitors crash sensors and GPS receiver in order to initiate an automated data and voice call via a dedicated GSM modem in case of an emergency condition. A key requirement for eCall is that both data and voice call must utilize the same physical voice channel because SMS and GPRS do not provide the necessary service priority or availability.

eCall and ERA Glonass are planned for initial implementation in 2014, and is backed by numerous car, truck and bus manufacturers and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

About u-blox
u-blox is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u‑blox employs 200 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)

About Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation as well as secure communications. Established more than 75 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 7400 employees and achieved a net revenue of € 1.3 billion in fiscal year 2009/2010 (July 2009 to June 2010). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany. (www.rohde-schwarz.com)

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