Road testing technologies of the future
03 Dec 2002
The European Space Agency (ESA) is offering industry the opportunity to use a fully equipped van to demonstrate the next generation of advanced mobile multimedia equipment and applications.
The van can be used as a standard test platform. It offers the user ample space, electrical and computing power as well as a comfortable working environment. Over the past few months, the Joanneum Research institute, under contract with ESA, has developed an advanced mobile multimedia platform based on a commercial van. The van will allow experiments and public demonstration of advanced mobile services.
Figure 1: Centre console
The passenger compartment is equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, the van contains a Dolby surround audio system, a DVD player, a car navigation system, a radio, a video recorder and a TV receiver. Each passenger seat is equipped with its own monitor, webcam, keyboard and head set. Four industrial PCs are interconnected via a 100 MBit LAN network.
Figure 2: Roof mounts
(antennas and cameras)
The van also acts as a mobile access point for wireless LAN applications with data rates of up to 11 Mb/s. Complementing the computing facilities are 4 DVD drives, a DVD writer, a scanner and an ink jet printer. In addition, the van is equipped with a state of the art EGNOS receiver, a magnetometer/inclinometer (for determining the car orientation and inclination) and a turnable satellite array antenna for high speed data transfer via a satellite link. As a low speed backup for the satellite link the installed GPRS capable mobile phone can be used for video conferences using the cars PC network.
Figure 3: Rear view of van
The rear part of the van hosts in a separated isolated compartment holding the satellite mobile test equipment and ancillary equipment. It allows the installation of up to 100 kg of user equipment, i.e. test beds for telecommunication experiments. Industries can make use of this facility simply by contacting Armen Derderian via email Armen.Derderian@esa.int or phone +31 (0) 71 565 5870.
Last Update: 11 Aug 2006