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07/07/2015 - New Solution Accelerates Development of Automotive Positioning Systems and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications


Spirent's record and playback system helps enhance automotive positioning to enable new vehicle-to-vehicle communications

Crawley, UK - (July 8, 2015) - Spirent Communications today launched its Automotive Record and Playback test system to help drive innovation and improvements in the rapidly evolving vehicle navigation and connected car ecosystem.

The test system enables automotive system developers to record many different real-world signals and then replay them repeatedly in development labs, to shorten the time taken to validate new hardware or software. This lab-based approach complements the conventional field testing using fleets of vehicles. It will also help to minimize the development and validation time for new features for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. V2V communications could mitigate many traffic collisions and reduce traffic congestion by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel between vehicles approaching each other.

"By providing vehicle manufacturers with a wide range of test capabilities from the wireless, positioning and computer networking industries that complement drive testing, we can help the auto industry adopt connected car technology with more confidence," said Pete Nicholson, general manager of Spirent's Automotive Business Unit. "Our system allows automotive OEMs to develop and validate new products more quickly, by making tests repeatable using real-world signals in a lab environment."

This automotive test system is an integrated custom solution that provides radio frequency (RF) recordings for all the major Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)—GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS— and vehicle CAN bus data. The system can also record up to four video streams, audio and other high-speed sensor data to provide a more complete record of the route. The recorded data is time-stamped and can then be replayed repeatedly to help engineering teams verify new designs work all over the world without leaving the lab.

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.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") program with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc (www.spirentfederal.com).

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