Anritsu's MD8475A base station simulator.

ADAC relies on Anritsu’s solutions to perform an eCall test

  • Anritsu announces the success of an eCall test conducted in December 2018 by ADAC.
  • The German technical centre ADAC tested the eCall functionalities of a vehicle during a crash-test, using Anritsu’s MD8475A telecommunications network simulator.

Since 1997, the German ADAC Technical Centre has been testing and evaluating cars, components, accessories, motorcycles, etc. using its test facilities according to appropriate procedures. Each year, it carries out 70 crash tests and evaluates 150 cars according to more than 300 criteria in order to help consumers in their purchasing decisions.

Since 1 April 2018, cars and light trucks newly registered in the European Union must be equipped with eCall. In case of an emergency, the on-board communication module automatically calls the nearest emergency call centre and transmits the vehicle’s position and other information via the mobile telecommunications network.

During the eCall test conducted by ADAC, Anritsu’s PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) simulator received the MSD (Minimum Set of Data) and established a voice call with the IVS (In Vehicle System) embedded in the vehicle via Anritsu’s MD8475A telecommunication network simulator.

This all-in-one base station simulator supports communications according to LTE, LTE-Advanced, W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA/HSPA/HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EGPRS, CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO Rev. A. and TD-SCDMA/TD-HSPA standards.

The eCall test was conducted over the air (OTA) using the MD8475A’s appropriate dynamic range. In addition, Anritsu’s BTS/Site Master and Neon Signal Mapper systems were used to verify the spectral occupancy of the test site and the coverage of the MD8475A.

The run-up of the crash-test sled was carried out over 75 metres at a speed of 70 km/h. Once the sled was stopped, eCall was manually triggered with the IVS unit and Anritsu’s PSAP simulator received the MSD dataset. Voice communication has been established and maintained with the eCall system via the MD8475A.