The test and measurement laboratory of Lakeside Labs GmbH at the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in Klagenfurt is open for different measurement and testing services available. This laboratory enables, for example, encoding, decoding and analyzing of GSM and UMTS signals. Simulations of various digital circuits can be generated in various test scenarios.
The laboratory is equipped with these devices:
- Oscilloscope DSO91204A This oscilloscope works with signals up to 12GHz. Furthermore, the device offers the possibility to analyze key characteristics of wireless signals.
- Signal analysis / generation 16822A This device offers the possibility to analyze up to 68 digital signals simultaneously. Also 48 parallel digital signals can be generated.
- Vector signal analyzer N9020A MXA The device is used to represent signals in the frequency domain. This can for example check whether a cell phone transmits at the correct frequency.
- Signal generation N5106A PXB Here you can generate digital baseband signals by different cellular standards. Further, these signals can be superimposed arbitrarily, for example, to adjust the mutual influence of mobile base stations.
- Signal generation 5182A MXG RF These devices are used for the data signals in a specific frequency band (e.g. 900MHz for GSM) to move so that they can be radiated from an antenna. The lab has 2 RF vector signal generators to the MIMO-signals that can be created with the N5106A to be able to radiate from 2 antennas.
Smart Microgrid Lab
The smart microgrid lab provides the tools for hands-on experience and research on smart microgrids. The laboratory is a smart microgrid on its own containing a renewable energy source, energy storage, and several reference loads. Energy is provided by a photovoltaic system at the rooftop. A data acquisition system provides data about the output power of the photovoltaic system in real time. The lab’s battery system is capable of storing up to 10 kWh of electrical energy. The lab can operate in grid mode or island mode, thus simulate a typical smart home as well as a fully autonomous system. Research experiments in the lab include smart metering, self-organizing smart appliances supporting demand response and load scheduling approaches.
Programmable Radio Lab
In the “Programmable Radio Lab” we implement and evaluate new protocols for (wireless) communications. For this we have several programmable radio platforms among which is the so called WARP-platform (see http://warp.rice.edu/ for further information). The implementation of this platform is fully customizable such that new protocol ideas can be implemented and tested in real-world environments. Measurement results are used to gain new insights to improve the performance of protocols.
Sensor Networks Lab
The lab consists of 100 low power wireless modules called Zolertia (Z1). Z1 follows the legacy design of Telosb nodes, equipped with a packet based, 2.4 GHz, low power CC2420 radio chip and a 16-bit ucontroller of TI MSP430 series. Z1 is a low cost, commercially available, off-the shelf wireless module for wireless sensor Testbeds with its small size to help in rapid buildup of an online network in indoor environments. The support for legacy OS i.e. TinyOS, is freely available and the advantage of using the same hardware as that of TelosB makes them easier to begin with.