3Z Telecom Launched Antenna Alignment Tool with Built-In Camera

Top Quote 3Z Telecom's RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool is the first of it's kind with a built in camera and augmented reality for easy antenna alignment. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) May 04, 2018 - The future of antenna alignment tools includes a built-in camera. A visual Line-of-Sight image for each antenna in a mobile network is proving to be extraordinarily valuable for RF Engineering teams when making coverage and capacity decisions.

    Satellite based antenna alignment tools became increasingly popular 5-7 years ago during 4G network rollouts in the US. Mobile Operators noticed a correlation between precise antenna alignment and improved network performance. The traditional method of using a magnetic compass provided poor alignment results, mainly due to human error. Sounds obvious, but spending millions of dollars on new 4G Antennas to then align them with a compass, was no longer an option.

    Today, many Mobile Operators worldwide require tower service companies to use antenna alignment tools during installation and provide generated reports for proof. Over the years, these tools have added touch screens, become smaller, more accurate and easier to use.

    3Z Telecom, Inc., a leading manufacturer of antenna alignment solutions out of South Florida, launched their newest Antenna Alignment Tool, the RF Vision. True to its name, the RF Vision is paving the future of antenna alignment as the first to provide a visual Line-of-Sight image with its integrated camera. 3Z recognized that alignment alone was not enough and wanted to show customers where their antennas are pointing.

    3Z lists top 4 reasons why a built-in camera is important for RF Engineers:
    Visually identify obstacles and optimize accordingly. (Tree, building, powerlines, etc.)
    Visually verify coverage objectives for each antenna.
    Visually identify capacity challenges. (Stadiums, shopping malls, etc.)
    See what the Tower Climbers see, no need to climb.

    If your Antenna Alignment Tool cannot take pictures, you are aligning blind.

    Mobile Operators are spending countless resources preparing for network rollouts. Spectrum Clearing, Site Acquisition, Zoning, OEM Equipment Selection, Antenna Testing and RF Design Engineering; all tasks which are time consuming and complex. It is important that equipment installation companies have the right tools to meet design objectives. Failure to do so, means all work leading up to field installation will be considered a loss of time and money. Cutting edge tools like RF Vision will ensure time and resources spent on network rollouts are worth the investment. There is no doubt that Carriers will soon begin to mandate feature rich tools like RF Vision with its integrated camera.

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