Be Ready to Comply with Russia’s ERA GLONASS Emergency Call System

Like Europe’s eCall emergency vehicle assistance initiative, the Russian Federation’s forthcoming ERA-GLONASS initiative will rely on a combination of in-vehicle sensors, mobile communications networks and satellite positioning to provide rapid assistance to drivers in the event of an accident.

From 2016 onwards, all in-vehicle systems (IVS) in commercial freight and transport vehicles weighing over 2.5 tons must be ERA-GLONASS compliant if they are to operate within the Russian Federation. From 2017 onwards, IVS in all transportation vehicles of any weight must be compliant if they are to be sold or operated within Russian member states.

Testing Navigation Modules

For manufacturers of in-vehicle emergency call systems, and auto makers integrating them, there are some stringent standards to meet in order to be certified ERA-GLONASS-compliant.

New guidelines from the Russian Federation specify the capabilities required of the positioning element of an ERA-GLONASS IVS, as well as the tests that manufacturers must conduct in order to demonstrate conformity with the GOST R standard.

The GOST R standards specify 17 different tests of the navigation and positioning element of the IVS, to be conducted in the given order. Those tests include:

  • Testing the accuracy of L1 band signals from both GLONASS and GPS constellations
  • Ensuring positioning data is output in a particular format consistently
  • Checking that navigation parameters can be determined in PZ-90 and WGS-84 systems
  • Making sure receivers can estimate positioning and timing errors
  • Seeing how long restoring a signal takes after loss of lock
  • Whether the receiver can still get a signal even in the event of interference

The Challenge: Creating a GOST R Test Bed - Quickly

The challenge for IVS manufacturers and integrators lies in creating a test bed to run all 17 tests specified by GOST – from setting up the appropriate simulators and other test equipment, to writing the test scripts, running the tests on the IVS unit, and recording the results.

To do all this from scratch could take several weeks and potentially require the help of external specialists – which could tie up valuable engineering time and slow time to market.

A Complete GOST R Test Package

A complete ERA-GLONASS package should include GNSS RF simulation hardware and control software that meets GOST specifications for the tests, with all 17 GOST R 5534-2013 test cases pre-programmed in. An ERA-GLONASS satellite positioning test package should:

  • Conduct all 17 GOST R 5534-2013 tests quickly and easily
  • Performance testing : Apply the tests in a range of scenarios and challenging environments
  • Thoroughly assess the impact of RF interference on ERA-GLONASS functionality
  • Free up engineers’ time for other essential work
  • Accelerate ERA-GLONASS compliance for faster time to market

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