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Parrot Uses Azimuth System’s Channel Emulator for Drone Testing

May 5, 2015
By Business Wire News


Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of automated, real-world mobile performance test solutions, announced today that Parrot, a global leader in advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals in the automotive, civilian drones and connected objects markets, has selected Azimuth’s ACE MX channel emulator for testing the performance of its drones in real-world conditions.

Known for its ease-of-use, RF excellence and field playback, the ACE MX is a part of Azimuth’s industry leading portfolio of channel and environment emulators purpose-built for testing real-world device-network interactions and their impact on end-user performance.

Parrot is known for its civil drones that consumers have repeatedly voted to be among the most reliable, fun, and advanced. “Developing consumer drones that are small, light, reliable, easy to use and technologically advanced requires a platform that allows us to push the boundaries and ensure performance and reliability in the real world. Azimuth’s ACE MX meets all of our testing goals in terms of capabilities, and ease-of-use,” said Hervé Santiano, Head of Drones & Connected Objects Electronic laboratory at Parrot. “Additionally, Azimuth’s expertise in channel emulation and real-world testing is a plus for us.”

The ACE MX plays a critical role in testing the reliability and performance of the communication and data transfer links of the drone. By creating a controlled and repeatable RF environment, the ACE MX eliminates many of the challenges associated with testing drones directly in free space i.e., lack of control, repeatability and the inability to create specific channel conditions. While the built-in standard channel models ensure the baseline performance and reliability of the drone, playback of custom channel models/conditions including ones from the actual field opens up the potential for true performance testing. The ability to test drones under field conditions in the lab also assumes significance in light of the growing constraints and regulations around outdoors testing of drones.

Vivek Vadakkuppattu, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Azimuth Systems, said, “We believe that constant innovation is needed to exceed the expectations of our customers, especially ones such as Parrot who are pushing the envelope. We are excited that our leadership in channel emulation and our focus on ease-of-use and applications has set us up for success in emerging areas such as drones. Azimuth has a strong track record of developing innovative solutions in collaboration with our customers and we look forward to working with Parrot on further developing solutions for performance testing of drones.”

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems, Inc. is a leader in wireless performance test solutions for network operators, device and module OEMs, chipset vendors, and infrastructure providers. Azimuth delivers solutions to recreate real-world device-network interaction and its impact on user experience. Headquartered in Acton (MA), USA, Azimuth has customer engagement offices around the world. Engage with Azimuth at or Twitter or YouTube

About Parrot

Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals. The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:

  • Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.
  • Civil drones: With leisure quadricopters and solutions for professional use.
  • Connected objects: With a focus in audio and gardening.

Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 900 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas. Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO). For more information, please visit

Azimuth Systems, Inc.
Vivek Vadakkuppattu, +1 978-263-6610
VP, Product Management & Marketing
Parrot S.A
Vanessa Loury, +33 (0)1 48 03 60 58
PR Director Group