Benefits in short:
- Test and demo performance during a variety of network events
- Test mobility on the bench
- Reproduce test conditions, improve and document your testing
- Reduce cost and time of test effort – no airtime or line of sight required
The essential tool to ensure robust and high-quality satellite applications connected via BGAN, FBB and SBB terminals with test and verification in an emulated and controlled Inmarsat BGAN environment.
Set up of test environments and the unpredictability of live network conditions is both time consuming and costly. More importantly, some rarely occurring network conditions might not even be obtainable for you to reproduce and test sufficiently. The BGAN Application Tester (BAT) provides you with complete control of your testing in an environment with specific BGAN network characteristics.
Test and demo terminals and applications efficiently and thoroughly end-to-end in a sandbox network environment. Testing on the bench with BAT eliminates the need for line of sight and airtime, while at the same time enabling test of any network scenario.
The BAT can be used to optimize test processes by offering on-the-bench emulation of the satellite link, the radio access network and the core network, right down to the RF link. By emulating the BGAN network you can test end-to-end in a controlled environment and monitor the effects of a live BGAN network on your application.
BAT is a one box solution to which monitor, keyboard and mouse are connected for the user to operate the BAT. BAT is connected either via coax RF cable or via antenna and RF shield box, to the terminal, and application level traffic is routed to an application server or the internet.
In the emulated environment, an application can connect to and operate a terminal as if it was connected to the live network.
The BAT provides a graphical user interface designed to simplify operation of the test tool. The user interface can be used to simulate a wide range of scenarios such as service rejection, which may affect the performance of the terminal, as well as the total BGAN solution or application, when deployed in the field.
By making training a part of your preparation process, you can ensure optimal conditions for smooth operations in the field.
The BGAN Application Tester will reduce the costs and the time of test efforts as there is no airtime or line of sight required. The predictability and control of the test environment and process will pave the way for a well-tested high-quality product to the end-user.
The BGAN Application Tester offers on-the-bench emulation of the satellite link, the radio access network and the core network, right down to the RF link. Use of a sandbox network environment offers you complete control of the network conditions under which you need to test your terminal or application’s performance. This control will allow you to efficiently optimize, strengthen and ease test efforts.
GateHouse has delivered a very stable and high quality Protocol Stack to us, which have been implemented into our Fleet Broad Band terminals. We use their test tools with great success in regard to maintaining our existing products and in development of new products. In particular, the BGAN Application Tester have been essential for our high level end-to-end tests and simple terminal tests. From our perspective, the functionality of their protocol stack and test tools is unparalleled in the business.
Chief System Engineer
Marine Electronics Company
GateHouse offers two BGAN network emulators that both provides end-to-end test opportunity in a closed loop environment. The two tools differ in terms of functionality and user-friendliness, in other words, your choice of tool depends on your specific test requirements and your insight into the BGAN network.