- Anritsu announced its extended eCall test solution, comprising a combination of the Base Station Simulator MD8475A/B and the eCall Tester MX703330E software, to support the next-generation emergency call system (NG-eCall).
eCall is a pan-European emergency call system for sending information about road accidents to a PSAP. Early intervention of emergency services is expected to save lives and alleviate severe injuries. The European Union (EU) mandated fitting of 112-based eCall in-vehicle systems (IVS) to all new M1- and N1-category vehicles from 31 March 2018.
Current eCall deployments are based on ETSI and CEN standards using an in-band modem to transport eCall data (MSD) over circuit-switched (CS) GSM and UMTS networks. However, EU operators plan to phase-out support for GSM and UMTS and shift to all-IP infrastructures like LTE and 5G in the next 10 years. eCall support for IP networks has many advantages, including better stability and reliability, so NG112 eCall will be coming soon.
Anritsu is now adding the NG112 LTE eCall option to its eCall Tester MX703330E GSM-based eCall test solution to implement RFC8147-defined NG-eCall function tests and end-to-end voice evaluation.
Anritsu also offers a test solutions to validate TCU with eCall functions by supporting 1-Gbit LTE simulation and NG-eCall tests using one MD8475B unit, providing both optimum coverage for general telematics tests, and helping cut test costs.