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Development tool supports hardware-independent mobile test

Posted: 27 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile terminal application? setcom? s-cat 5010?

Here's news of a hardware-independent and modular R&D tool for the development, testing and debugging of mobile terminal applications. Based on Setcom's predecessor GCF/PTCRB-validated (Global Certification Forum/PCS Type Certification Review Board) S-CAT 5020 platform, the S-CAT 501 is a one-box tester facilitating the development and implementation of individual test scenarios during the engineering design phase of new mobile terminal applications.

A word about GCF. Its members include network operators and terminal manufacturers. The GCF provides an independent program to ensure global interoperability of 2G (second generation) and 3G mobile wireless terminals. Membership includes most network operators in Europe.

For its part, the PTCRB provides the framework within which GSM wireless equipment is certified for members. Membership includes network operators in North America. The PTCRB organizes the GSM 1900 Type Certification Program, an accepted alternative to compliance with FCC regulations when seeking to certify mobile equipment for use with GSM and GPRS in the USA.

An alternative

The 5010 is also billed as an alternative to conventional applications that use live test networks. It's a turn-key system running on a Hewlett-Packard server under the Unix operating system. Thanks to that, one user or several users can work on the S-CAT 5010, either using its standard GUI (graphical user interface), or remote GUI software. The latter is an operating system-independent stand-alone application available for Windows, Unix, and Mac environments.

While the 5020 comes with all test cases mandated by GCF and PTCRB, and has been designed as a conformance test tool for test houses, S-CAT 5010 is an engineering tester. It provides functions to develop innovative mobile terminal applications.

Both the S-CAT 5010 and the S-CAT 5020 provide all test-related tools on a single unit that's ready-to-operate out-of-the-box. What's more, the S-CAT 5010 is independent of any core network. Standard interfaces support integration with RF test units and with private or public networks. Interoperability is achieved by means of custom software drivers.

Anywhere in a LAN

The S-CAT 5010 provides freedom of installation and can be located anywhere in a LAN (local area network). The 5010 works completely independent of the PHY (physical) layer, and can be connected to any form of mobile terminal, regardless of whether it's real or a software-only simulation.

All of the test options for the S-CAT 5020 will also be made available for product development on the S-CAT 5010, including MMS (multimedia message service), IMPS (instant messaging and presence service), PoC (push-to-talk over cellular), and DRM (digital rights management). Additional tools, such as VT (video telephony), streaming, browsing, data management synchronization, and e-mail (both POP3 and Push versions) are under development. Setcom says they will be released in the near future.

Network infrastructure not needed

According to Robert E. Johnson, the company's US VP of sales, you'll see a significant time-saving and a heavy cost-reduction when comparing the S-CAT 5010 to the alternative of building up a costly network infrastructure, especially when testing applications under conditions such as handover between 2G and 3G networks.

- Alex Mendelsohn


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