New Low Cost GPS Simulator Packs a Powerful Punch



    BUCKINGHAM, England, April 9 /CNW/ - As in-car navigation and GPS mobile
phones become more widespread, Racelogic's new GPS simulator, LabSat, released
this week, is set to transform the way manufacturers test and develop
navigation devices.

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    With its ability to record and replay real-world data, the new product
answers the demand for efficient and accurate testing of the increasing
numbers of professional and consumer GPS featured products in the market.
    One of the problems with conventional GPS simulation until now has been
the inability to reproduce real world conditions accurately. The need to
understand the effects of phenomena such as multipath reflections, atmospheric
effects, and dropouts on devices has therefore meant that products must be
taken out into the field and laboriously tested. Because conditions are always
changing, there is little consistency between tests.
    The capacity of LabSat to record and replay real-world data means that
common conditions can be repeatedly reproduced on the bench, cutting
development times as manufacturers no longer need to undertake multiple, often
unreliable physical tests in the field. Using a computer with a USB 2.0
connection, it records raw signals from a GPS antenna directly to hard disk,
with no limitations on the number of satellites being tracked or the length of
the recording. When the data is replayed, the GPS engine under test will
re-create all the movement and satellite reception encountered, including all
original multipath, satellite obstructions and atmospheric effects.
    Alternatively, for data without artefacts, it can simulate dynamic
scenarios anywhere in the world using the optional Signal Architect software.
External modules allow additional signals to be recorded, such as inertial,
serial or CAN data, and replayed at the same time, perfectly synchronised with
GPS.
    Incorporating all these features into a product the size of a paperback
book, LabSat is highly portable. For use out of the box, it comes bundled with
a 250 GB USB drive with pre-loaded recordings included. And with prices
starting from GBP5,950, LabSat is a worthy competitor to larger, more
expensive systems. For more info, go to http://www.labsat.co.uk
    Racelogic design and manufacture innovative electronic systems for the
automotive and GPS industries. Based in the UK, they have developed GPS
data-loggers, Video-overlay systems, and GPS Simulators since 1992.

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For further information:

For further information: Racelogic, 10, Osier Way, Buckingham, MK18 1TB,
England; Julian Thomas, (Managing Director), Harry Nicholas (Marketing
Assistant), +44(0)1280-823803, labsat@racelogic.co.uk

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