Spirent Launches PNT X Test Solution for PNT

As developers are looking beyond GNSS to address increasingly complex positioning challenges, Spirent Communications has launched PNT X, its positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) simulation system.

PNT X offers signals that include L-band, S-band, alternative navigation (AltNav) signals and Regional Military Protection (RMP) support.   into one innovative, compact, and flexible system.  The system also can run multiple signals from different PNT sources concurrently, the company said.

“PNT X is primarily designed for testing and validating systems with a safety, or mission-critical, PNT dependency.  In the modern world, that doesn’t narrow the PNT market segments too much,” Ricardo Verdeguer Moreno, Spirent’s product line manager for defense and space.

Spirent launches PNT X simulation system (Photo: Spirent Communications).

Verdeguer Moreno said that the most obvious application for PNT X is where failure is not an option—space.  Other applications include those that bring together multiple sensors and sources to support safe operation such as autonomous vehicles’ Tier 1 suppliers, he said.

“However, there are any number of civilian applications that also depend on precise and reliable PNT such as commercial aviation, shipping, telecoms networks, banking, power grids and public transport systems,” Verdeguer Moreno said. “In addition, any new applications and customer needs that require bringing together technologies that have never been used before will most likely use PNT X as a baseline to build custom systems.”

Spirent, which has been developing PNT X for more than two years, said that the simulator features a simplified user interface and interoperability that reduces scenario set-up time.

As Location Business News reportedKeysight Technologies KEYS 0.28%↑ has announced its intention to acquire United Kingdom-based Spirent for nearly $1.5 billion.  Arizona-based Viavi VIAV -0.38%↓ previously made Spirent an offer for $1.3 billion, a deal that was nixed by Spirent’s board of directors.


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