Rohde & Schwarz enhances TS-LBS location based test system

Rohde & Schwarz has developed a software based extension to its R&S TS-LBS location based services test system, for meeting the latest European Commission’s guideline and the upcoming ETSI standard TS 103 825 for AML protocol testing.
Bangladesh-smartphone-customersGermany-based Rohde & Schwarz, the market leader in test and measurement solutions, collaborates with leading Notified Bodies and test houses to speed up the availability of the test solution. Leading test house CETECOM has already announced E112 testing services.

In the Rohde & Schwarz solution, the cellular network is emulated by the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester, while the dual-frequency E1+E5 GNSS signal for Galileo system is generated by an R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator.

The test and measurement company said the R&S automation software of the test setup will assist engineers to conduct test cases described in the EC guideline automatically to ensure unified, fast and repeatable results.

The new regulation requires all smartphones sold in the European Union from March 2022 onwards to support caller location for 112 emergency calls. Rohde & Schwarz said the extension to its R&S TS-LBS location based services test system is the first test solution to perform the necessary LBS compliance tests. Certification service provider CETECOM has already started first E112 testing using these test sequences.

All smartphones sold in the European Union have to be compliant as of March 17, 2022, with the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/320. A supplement to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, it defines that 112 emergency calls provide caller location information to emergency services in a fast and accurate way, to make sure first responders can arrive at the site of an accident quickly.

“Successful team work with our trusted partners like CETECOM will support all smartphone vendors to show RED compliance and secure their market access within the EU,” Alexander Pabst, Vice President Market Segment Wireless Communications at Rohde & Schwarz, said.

Jens Passe, Managing Director at CETECOM, said: “Having the E112 caller location test solution available early on is a significant step for us. CETECOM is already able to support our customers to test and certify their smartphones with E112 functionality.”