PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), a leader in simplifying wireless and site solutions for private and public networks, announced today at the LTE World Summit the availability of its SeeHawk® In-Building Test Suite (IBTS). The SeeHawk IBTS helps carriers, neutral host providers, venue owners, DAS integrators, and RF engineers visualize and characterize their in-building wireless environments.
The SeeHawk IBTS is a complete solution for in-building baseline and optimization testing for planning, building, and maintaining in-building wireless systems. At its core is a PCTEL SeeGull MX or EX scanning receiver (new or previously purchased) configured to customer requirements. PCTEL’s SeeHawk 2.4 software with Indoor Mode Option makes it easy to collect and visualize data on a tablet or laptop. Finally, PCTEL’s In-Building Walk Test Kit includes a backpack, battery and accessories designed to enable engineers to easily walk test in-building venues.
The SeeHawk IBTS solution makes in-building testing faster and easier, with more reliable results. Instead of manually entering channel numbers provided by third parties, test engineers can use Blind Scan to automatically identify all active channels in and around a test site. Missing or incomplete channel lists will result in inaccurate baseline surveys, leading to in-building network design errors. Network design errors can also result from a loss of GPS time alignment for CDMA/EV-DO networks due to the absence of GPS line-of-sight in an in-building environment. GPS Holdover maintains accurate time alignment and allows the reporting of accurate cell identification. This capability is crucial to the in-building testing of CDMA/EVDO networks. SeeHawk IBTS also has the ability to simultaneously collect measurements across a series of bands and technologies from multiple carriers – in a single walk test – eliminating unnecessary costs for additional data collections. For LTE MIMO networks, SeeHawk IBTS parameters help customers to accurately identify throughput issues, which are critical to improving network efficiency and alleviating the spectrum crunch. SeeHawk IBTS’s advanced measurement capabilities will become increasingly relevant as carriers use LTE networks to deploy high-definition voice services, which require consistently high data throughput rates.