Next leap second adjustment coming soon

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Another leap second is about to be added to official timekeeping on December 31, 2016. This occurs approximately every eighteen months, to compensate for the very gradual slowing of the Earth’s rotation - and whilst it makes everyone's day and year officially one second longer, it is a change that is hardly significant unless you are an engineer or product designer dealing with GNSS devices.

Do you know how your GPS device's firmware and algorithms will behave during the upcoming leap second correction? Are you prepared for the 2016 leap second adjustment? Many have been caught out before, but it is easy to avoid...

With LabSat you can simulate leap second corrections, including the one on 31st December 2016 at your desk. RACELOGIC have provided the relevant scenarios to download for free.

Download the LabSat 3 leap second scenarios that simulate the last and upcoming leap second event now.

If you have purchased SatGen software, you can also simulate previous leap second events to test the robustness of your device. The latest SatGen v3 software release offers leap second events between 30th July 1981 and 31st December 2016.

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LabSat exhibit at the Chinese Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC)

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For the first time ever we are exhibiting at the 7th China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) in Changsha, China on 18-20 May. Daniel Unander, LabSat Product Manager for our Asia Pacific Office is teaming up with Guangzhou Zeer Testing Technology, our appointed LabSat distributor for China for the event.

CSNC is the largest GNSS fair of its type in China attracting over 2000 experts in the field and is supported by 11 national authorities.

Come and visit us at Booth T-1 where you can see a preview of our upcoming LabSat Wideband product along with our LabSat Real-Time demonstration.

LabSat 3 Turntable System: A full navigation testing solution

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To cover for losses in satellite visibility most OEM navigation systems have a dead reckoning capability. This utilises vehicle wheel speed data and rate of turn information to provide the system with a guide to the vehicle's current location when GPS signals are not available.  

When it comes to testing these systems on the bench however, if the dead reckoning signals are not present the navigation unit will not function correctly. 

To overcome these obstructions we have developed a full navigation testing solution. Watch the video below to see how it works. 

SatGen Version 3 now includes BeiDou signals

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SatGen v3From LabSat, the most cost effective GNSS simulator available, comes SatGen V3.

SatGen is a powerful and intuitive software package that gives you the ability to create GNSS scenarios for replay through any LabSat simulator – and now it includes BeiDou!

The software creates either user generated or imported trajectory files for use with a LabSat. The addition of the BeiDou B1 signals means that you can now test your device’s effectiveness as if it were being used within the operating area of the Chinese constellation – which at present only provides full coverage in Asia.

The BeiDou constellation is set to become globally operational by 2020. With the new SatGen you can create scenarios that include signals from satellites yet to be launched, so that you can develop new products in readiness for the full constellation.

SatGen V3 can produce scenarios with one, two, or three sets of signals being simultaneously output: GPS, GLONASS, and now BeiDou. If you have a triple constellation LabSat 3 the software now matches the record and replay abilities of your hardware.

If you’ve never used SatGen before, why not try it out? Our free to use demo version is available from here.

To purchase a full copy please contact your LabSat distributor.

LabSat presenting in Market Insight Seminar from GPS World

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RACELOGIC founder and Managing Director, Julian Thomas, was speaking at the GPS World Seminar 'Fix the Future Now with Signal Simulators' on March 19, 2015.

JulianFix the Future Now with Signal Simulators

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 1pm EST/ 10am PST/ 5pm GMT
Duration: 60 minutes with additional time for Q&A

Follow this link to watch a recording of the webinar.

Summary:
Understand the whys and hows of simulating signal problems now to avoid real-world problems later when newly released GNSS products encounter unanticipated problems in the field.

As the number of critical applications that rely on positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) increases, the list of considerations for testing also grows.

Topics addressed include leap seconds (next one coming up in June!), multipath, and interference of all sorts. The stakes for attacks on GNSS technologies are rising as incidents increase from occasional, often accidental, interference to more structured and organized approaches to jamming and spoofing.

Other speakers include Mark Wilson - Vice President of IFEN Inc., Neal Fedora - Director at Spirent Federal Systems Inc. and Darren Fisher - GNSS Market Manager at Spectracom.

The webinar will be moderated by Alan Cameron, Group Publisher, GPS World and Geospatial Solutions.