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5G - Development, Design and Testing
The Positioner is perfect for R&D!
A superior construction with many insightful features to support the R&D activities
For Automotive there are many applications for The Positioner, and Autonomous Driving is but one example. Here there are issues for the Radar or LiDar component and also for the Communications Components
The Internet of Things - a new and emerging market for which no rules exist!
All we know is that almost all IoT devices will communicate - wether through 5G, Zigbee, Bluetooth, WiFi or any one of a huge range of technologies. Will it work in 3D space? The Positioner will tell you...
The advent of 5G RF Communications brings a step change in the technological requirements. For once, the market has defined the technology requirements – whereas normally the technical advances defines the market. Now, the need for exceptional data communications bandwidth for secondary markets has forced the communications industry to “up its game”. Now, 5G, the first “mmWave” standard demonstrates the extraordinary advances RF Communications has made. So much so, that even now there is industry talk of 7G!
But, for the foreseeable future, 5G will be “the standard”. Why? To answer that, please see our White Paper – “5G and the Impact of R&D Success”. This white paper identifies the fundamental reasons why The Positioner is The Product 5G product manufacturers need it. Essentially, the answer is Scalability and Value. In many cases, huge amounts of money is spent on extraordinarily complicated and expensive equipment in R&D but for 5G, very little is spent on the products that will use it. FenztraQ are changing this paradyme with The Positioner.
How? Simply because FenztraQ has paid attention to the requirements of 5G, has experience in compliance testing and has all the technical ability to bring that all together to design a product that meets the requirements. 5G is a mmWave format – this means a Frequency band of >600Mhz to 50+GHz, where wavelengths range from 1 to 10+mm. That means that testing an Antennae or a mobile phone or a tablet/laptop for its performance under those circumstances is extremely difficult and demanding. Yet FenztraQ has done it – and you will benefit.
The Positioner has a means to ensure that its movement accuracy is a minimum of 10x the maximum wavelength – that is, if the source frequency wavelength is 1mm (e.g. 300GHz) then movement shall be possible at > 0.1mm or 0.1°. This fact alone ensures that The Positioner is a significant factor in futureproofing any communications related product range! Even with 3G and 4G bands (>300MHz) where wavelengths are less than 1m, The Positioner is equally at home in product verification. What will 7G bring?
For manufacturers initiating large scale production plants for 5G products or planning to converting existing facilities, incorporating FenztraQ Positioning Technologies is an investment not just in the product future, but the infrastructure and corporate security. The opportunity to scale up a facility to maximise space and throughput economically is an opportunity not to be missed.
The benefit and return on that investment is possibly incalculable.Back to to top…
It is often said that the “killer app” for “the internet” was (is!) the World Wide Web (www). Now, almost a mature product in its own right, the www is an established technology spawning many new and wonderful opportunities. In the same way, Autonomous Driving will be the “killer app” for 5G. The enormous bandwidth available (especially at the higher frequency end) will enable the visions of the Autonomous Driving market to expand – using cloud based management engines and navigation systems rather than limited “on-board” control functions. The ease with which technologies can be integrated to support the system, be continuously “up to date” with local conditions such as weather, events and traffic loads, is already appreciated. But the ability to “drive” a vehicle and manage it remotely (be that a car, lorry or ship) is a major leap in control technology. The glue that will make this possible is of course the communications infrastructure. From detecting an object travelling at speed, by a sensor attached to a vehicle also travelling at speed, to identifying its trajectory, its form and position, to determining if an action is required, and if it is, what is “safe” within a very short amount of time (potentially <30ms) is quite a challenge. If those sensors are not tested to verify that they can generate the correct signals in a 3D space, to the entire device working in the conditions, safety will be compromised.
The Positioner performs the functions necessary to be able to design, test and manufacture sensor devices and because of its modular nature can be scaled up to allow larger and more complicated systems to be tested – without any compromise in accuracy, reliability or robustness. Use the same sequences in any installation on any The Positioner product and the results are the same.Back to to top…
Radar & LiDar
For Automotive and related products, there exist stringent demands for development and testing. Likewise, production demands are still a major concern and given the potential volume of the market, meeting demand reliably will be an extraordinary stress on all areas of the product lifecycle and supply chain.
For the initial components – both in the Radar & LiDar products and the finished automotive system, proving that the devices function according to specification and requirements is only one part of the job. Radar and LiDar are nominally “static” devices fitted in some moving object that may move relative to that object and be used to measure (in some way) a moving target relative to the object. The Positioner can support simulation of both the device and the target and do so repeatedly and reliably. The ability to integrate The Positioner with external systems through the flexible range of IO support, allows a range of test scenarios and cases to be defined that are as flexible and as adaptable as your imagination to go beyond the obvious standard test cases and be prepared for the realities of Autonomous Driving.
For the vehicle itself, communications are an essential component of Autonomous Driving technologies. The integration of 5G Communications will allow continuous remote support of location analysis providing driver and system awareness of directions and local hazards. Autonomous decisions, whether made locally or remotely via Autonomous Driving Cloud systems must be communicated extremely quickly (>100 times a second) in order to provide the necessary Class 4 or Class 5 status. Processing the enormous information from Radar and LiDar systems through the communications platform in all circumstances is a major safety issue – and with The Positioner, such concerns can be minimised through rigorous design, testing and verification activities.
The availability of 5G services is essential to the future of Autonomous Driving and The Positioner is playing a part of that success.
Add to that the knowledge that FenztraQ has significant plans for the future of The Positioner in the automotive field, investment in FenztraQ Positioning Technologies is secure.Back to to top…
IoT – The Internet of Things. Something that perhaps even 10 years ago, simply did not exist. It certainly was not a “thing” when the world wide web was formed on top of the extraordinary success of the internet. Now, with the advent of 4G/LTE and the imminent widespread availability of 5G, the IoT era is upon us. What does this mean? What does this have to do with you and The Positioner?
Well, simply put – everything! It is quite likely that all new “products” with any technical or communications requirement will use an RF technology in some way. Be that ZigBee, Bluetooth, Ant, WiFi, 4G or 5G, that product will need to be tested. It might incorporate a pre-tested product such as a WiFi module, but that and the final product will need to verify functionality in 3D space. That’s where The Positioner comes in. Whatever the size, type, nature, feature, function or idea, an IoT “thing” will need to at least be assured of being able to communicate wirelessly/remotely in 3D space. Place the “thing” on The Positioner, move it about to verify signal response and it is done. Quickly, quietly, no fuss.
It is expected that IoT manufacturers are often small startups where investment in testing is of lower priority than design and development. However, the cost effectiveness of The Positioner means that the investment in testing pays off with improved design security and reliability reducing the impact of external testing facilities.Back to to top…