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04/05/2016 - Spirent and Aston Martin Racing Continue Technical Partnership for the 2016 World Endurance Championship


Testing the accuracy and performance of GPS receivers contributes to on-track success

Crawley, UK, 4 May, 2016: Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT), the leading provider of connected car verification systems, today announced it is to continue its technical partnership with Aston Martin Racing throughout the 2016 World Endurance Championship season.

Aston Martin 2016 V8 Vantage GTE racecar with Spirent logoSpirent is working with Aston Martin Racing during testing to evaluate automotive technologies on the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE race cars, such as the accuracy and performance of GPS receivers and interference monitoring.

Drive testing is a crucial stage in the development of any location-enabled automotive technology. Testing with live signals is slow, expensive and limited since the ever-changing nature of the natural radio-frequency (RF) environment makes it impossible to run exactly the same test twice. The ability to capture real world GPS receiver signals during testing and replay the data in simulated track scenarios gives Aston Martin Racing a unique perspective on their GPS signal performance accuracy before arriving at race events.

GSS6425 testing unit inside racecar "Spirent is proud to continue as a technical partner with Aston Martin Racing for the 2016 World Endurance Championship." commented Martin Vickery, Spirent's director of corporate marketing. "Live drive testing is regarded as a cornerstone of best practice in the automotive industry and especially in motorsport applications when faced with additional stresses and performance demands. Ensuring the GPS positioning system is working accurately is a key part of this test regime."

Spirent's range of solutions for automotive and connected car testing includes GPS, infotainment, security, interference and in-car Ethernet to provide for the experiences that drivers and passengers demand for the road cars of today and tomorrow.

"Using Spirent tools during testing means we can capture data and simulate many on-track scenarios in a controlled and repeatable environment back at base, which is a process that is invaluable when benchmarking our GPS receiver accuracy and performance throughout the season," said Paul Howarth, Team Principal Aston Martin Racing.

As an official technical partner of Aston Martin Racing, Spirent branding will appear on the GTE cars for the 2016 World Endurance Championship season.



About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

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