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ITS test centre signs up bus information group

A supplier of electronic information systems for public transport is to use the InnovITS Advance test facility at Nuneaton for future product development.

Centrad is part of the CEN Group, which operates the Central Buses fleet in the West Midlands. The company produces advanced electronic information and telemetry systems for public transport applications in UK and export markets.

InnovITS Advance opened in the summer of 2010 as a purpose-built testing centre for intelligent transport systems (ITS). At the heart of the facility is the 'city circuit', a network of roads, combined with an open architecture of multi-zoned Wi-Fi and GSM mobile telecoms systems that can be configured according to the precise needs of testing. It lets customers test their products and systems with a precise specification of road conditions and communications access and denial to replicate almost any urban scenario world-wide.

Centrad managing director Geoff Cross explained: "The capabilities of InnovITS Advance will enable us to test our new products in a secure and safe setting, ensuring that they are proven to work in any telecoms environment that the world throws at them, including evaluating robustness of GPRS and 3G communications at a range of vehicle speeds and within a wide range of signal strengths."

Roger Wilson, InnovITS Advance business development manager, added: "The outline agreement with Centrad demonstrates the flexibility of our testing environment. We anticipate that as the customer base of this new facility expands over the coming months and years, we will increasingly be welcoming users from the public transport, commercial vehicle and logistics sectors as well as the more traditional innovators of ITS technology within the automotive and telecoms industries."

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