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Welcome to the Winter edition of the LabSat Newsletter. In this issue...

We hope you find this newsletter informative and useful – please forward on to your colleagues and let us know your comments!

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The Team at Racelogic

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Free BeiDou upgrade for LabSat 2 customers

LabSat 2 now has the ability to record and replay satellite signals from the rapidly expanding Chinese navigation system – BeiDou.

LabSat 2 users can now record and replay any combination of two channels from the three available constellations, GPS, Glonass and Beidou.

Existing LabSat 2 users can simply download the latest firmware (v2.0.0) and PC software (v2.6.14) to add this functionality with no cost.

There is a growing trend to include multi-constellation capability into new satellite navigation receivers, giving the end user better coverage in urban canyons, and overall improved positional accuracy.

There are currently 14 operational Beidou satellites, and we have recorded a number of different files from Europe and China containing between 6 and 8 satellites. These scenarios are now included on the hard disk which is shipped with a LabSat 2, which we can also ship out to existing customers upon request.

The new firmware and software is now available from the Support section of the LabSat website – Please follow the upgrade firmware instructions in the manual to upgrade your LabSat 2.

For more information contact our LabSat Product Manager, Mark Sampson, on


LabSat in focus: using LabSat to test in the absence of GPS

To cover for losses in satellite visibility most OEM navigation systems have a dead reckoning (DR) capability. This utilises vehicle wheel speed data and turn rate 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 if the dead reckoning signals are not present, the navigation unit will not function correctly.

Watch the video below to see how our system can be used to test your device in the absence of GPS >


Reproduce multiple CAN Bus networks

Many navigation systems now use dead-reckoning information such as vehicle speed, gyro and acceleration sensors to assist navigation when GPS is not available. This information is usually obtained from one of the vehicle’s CAN Bus networks.

Our new Dual CAN Bus Interface module for LabSat 2 allows users to accurately reproduce two CAN Bus networks as well as the GPS signal in a lab environment. Utilizing the digital input capture mode of LabSat 2, this module makes it possible to simultaneously record a live GPS signal and two separate CAN Bus signals, repeatable to within 60 nanoseconds.

The module digitizes the CAN Bus signals at over 16MHz, allowing every message to be recorded, even if the CAN buses use different baud rates.

For more information, email


New LabSat software features

We have recently completed work on a range of new software features for LabSat. These include:

Transmission of wheel speeds via CAN
In addition to simulating wheel speed pulses, LabSat now includes the ability to transmit wheel speeds via CAN when replaying SatGen scenarios. When used in conjunction with a turntable – to simulate a vehicle turning - this gives you a complete dead reckoning test system.

Simultaneous display of GPS and GLONASS signals
The GPS monitor built in to LabSat 2 has now been upgraded to support an optional GPS & GLONASS module. This allows the software to display signal levels for both constellations during replay.

For more information, email


LabSat to exhibit at Mobile World Congress and Embedded World - February 2013

This February we will be exhibiting at both the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona between the 25-28th and Embedded World in Nurnberg on the 25-27th February 2013.

At the shows we will be demonstrating how LabSat can be used to test navigation and telematics devices, as well as showing you how LabSat 2 can now be used to test devices using the new Chinese BeiDou constellation.

Mobile World Congress 2013 will be attended by Julian Thomas and Mark Sampson from our UK office, whilst our stand at Embedded World will be attended by Chris Smith and Leander Speth, our Sales Director for Europe and Asia.

If you are attending either of these shows feel free to come by our stands and say hello. We will be happy to discuss any testing requirements you may have.

Mobile World Congress – Hall 7, Stand A60

Embedded World – Hall 4, Stand 519


Visit us at exhibitions in 2013

We are delighted to confirm we will be exhibiting at a range of exhibitions and conferences in 2013, details below.

Show Location Date
Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Spain 25-28 February 2013
Embedded World Nurnberg, Germany 26-28 February 2013
Telematics Detroit Detroit, USA 05-06 June 2013
Telematics Russia Moscow, Russia 16-17 September 2013
ION GNSS Nashville, USA 18-20 September 2013
Telematics Japan Tokyo, Japan TBD


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