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Hilla Spearhead Research Project Created a Market-Ready Product in One Year

Verkotan developed GPS Air Performance test service to revolutionize GPS performance testing

By Oona | on 23.02.2017 at 14:29 GMT+0200. | Modified 13.07.2020 at 15:00 GMT+0200.

Hilla Spearhead Research Project Created a Market-Ready Product in One Year

Verkotan’s unique, GPS Air Performance Test (patent pending) has been developed together with the leading wearable industry players such as Polar Electro Oy,  Pulse Finland Oy, and research institutes the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Funding was contributed by TEKES and Hilla Program.

Verkotan has developed a real Over-the-Air GPS field test environment into the test laboratory. Now GPS performance testing can be done quickly in controlled and repeatable conditions – something that has not been possible before. With one test run, you can find out the total GPS performance (chipset, mechanics, and antenna) of the device.

To enable an accurate representation of the absorption, shadowing and scattering effects of a user’s body, hand and forearm, Verkotan is using state of the art anatomical human phantoms. The hand and forearm are movable to enable accurate repositioning of the device that is essential to an efficient and reliable test plan.

Kari Komonen, CEO: “Our GPS Air Performance Test enables customers to build better products and bring them to the market faster. GPS field testing used to take days or even weeks. Now reliable test results are available within one day! Our customers save in R&D costs and products hit the market faster. Controlled and 100% repeatable test conditions help our customers to make the right design decisions during the R&D. The outcome is better performance and quality.” 

“We are delighted to continue our successful working relationship with Verkotan,” says Jaakko Sauvola, Executive Director of Hilla.

About Verkotan

Verkotan is the only CTIA authorized test house in the world with its own in-house developed test system. Verkotan’s sophisticated software and test laboratory capability provides totally new test methods creating unique value for the customers.

Verkotan Oy is a CTIA authorized OTA (Over-The-Air) test house based in Finland. It offers OTA, SAR and GPS test, analysis, high quality expertise and certification services to the customers from multiple business areas related to wireless performance.

For further information, please contact:

Kari Komonen CEO, Tel: +358 40 5001241,

Email: kari.komonen@verkotan.com

About VTT

For further information, please contact:

Kyösti Rautiola, Tel: +358400582246,

Email: kyosti.rautiola@vtt.fi

About University of Oulu

University of Oulu’s Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) combines two research units, CWC-RT (Radio Technologies) and CWC-NS (Networks and Systems), operating within the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

University provides a widely recognized, high-quality international research and learning environment thus enabling the production of cutting edge research results and novel innovations in cooperation with its research partners.

For further information, please contact:

Markus Berg, Tel: +358 294 48 2970,

Email: markus.berg@oulu.fi

About Hilla

Hilla is a nationwide acceleration and investment program aiming to create a new international digital business for companies and their partners. Hilla coaches them to gain competitive advantage through the strategic use of ICT.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Jaakko Sauvola, Executive Director, Tel: +358 50 3839 272,

Email: jaakko.sauvola@oulu.fi