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Successful re-certification of German Galileo Test and Development Environment GATE from TÜV SÜD
The German Galileo test and development infrastructure GATE has recently been re- certificated by TÜV SÜD stating the conformance to ISO 17025 as Galileo open-air test laboratory, to receiver integrity testing (RAIM) for Safety-of-Life (SoL) applications and Galileo SIS ICD conformance of signal characteristics and signal quality.
For application tests it is essential for the Galileo Test and Development Environment GATE to provide constant Galileo specifications for tests (like position accuracy, signal spectrum and navigation data). This is essential for both test types: tests with the eight 'GATE satellites' only and tests with simultaneously usage of the already existing Galileo satellites in orbit. The compliance to the specification was recently verified by the company NavCert GmbH from Braunschweig, Germany in a so called re-certification of the GATE test bed. Compared to a full certification, taking part every three years, a re-certification only verifies the compliance to the specification by the use of random inspections though tests in GATE.
The re-certification also includes an audit of the operation processes of the operating company IFEN GmbH. Here, the implementation and adherence to process procedures for GATE operation were verified. This includes mainly questions like whether a sufficiently technical skilled team is available for operating GATE, if the performed application tests are documented in a reproducible way and last but not least how the GATE team handles non-conformances to the specification and improvements to the system.
With finalization of the re-certification work the GATE certificate was prolonged by TÜV Süd with validity up to January 2016. Therefore, GATE customers can further rely on the independent verification of the GATE test and development environment for the upcoming testing activities.
As an add-on IFEN's NavX-NCS GNSS Simulator customers benefit from the re-certification by obtaining a confirmation from an independent organisation (TÜV Süd) reassuring the functionality of GPS and Galileo signal characteristics and signal quality as per SIS ICD.
NavCert GmbH as part of the TÜV SÜD group offers support regarding the development and the marketing of products and services of positioning and navigation systems. The service range consists of thesting, certificationand related consultancy for consumer products, safety critical components, products and system for Galileo and EGNOS.