Test Beds

Test Beds for Positioning Systems

In developing positioning and tracking systems, it is vital to test the right technology in real-life conditions as soon as possible in order to save time and money. For this reason, we operate several test beds:


Testing Facilities at a Glance


Test- and Application Center L.I.N.K.

The Fraunhofer IIS new Test and Demonstration Center L.I.N.K. bundles the flagship technologies positioning, identification, navigation and communication at its location in Nürnberg.


Anechoic chamber

One of the most important components of any wireless system is its antenna. Antenna measurement and optimization often have a decisive impact on the performance of the entire system.



Based at Fraunhofer IIS’s Nuremberg branch, GALILEOLAB is making key contributions to the development of Galileo reception technologies. Different systems, such as GPS, Galileo, EGNOS or WLAN, are being combined so that accurate position information can be continuously gathered in places where conventional positioning technologies are inadequate.

Buildings and Urban Areas

WLAN Positioning Test-Beds

Our WLAN positioning test-beds facilitate the development of positioning applications for use in public spaces and provision of location-based services. They represent a fully functional platform for positioning in indoor and urban outdoor environments.

The test-beds enable comprehensive testing of location-based services in real-life conditions, including aspects such as first-time installation, accuracy, service concepts and user acceptance. In addition, they help verify new processes and intended workflows. The test-beds are supported by users, manufacturers and service providers.

Soccer Stadium

Real-Life Testing at a Soccer Stadium

A number of RedFIR systems were permanently installed at the Nuremberg Soccer Stadium in 2003. RedFIR is a high-precision system for in-game tracking of soccer balls and players.

The test-bed makes it possible to continually refine the system in real-life conditions. The system is tested at several games each year and the results are directly incorporated into its further development. Allowing new features of so-called event observers to be trialed, this test-bed is particularly useful in application development. Using an event observer is essential to generating novel information about soccer games.