Tools cut DAS testing times by up to 90%

Tools cut DAS testing times by up to 90%

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The SkyBridge Tools™ cloud-based test management system from Anritsu has added enhanced features that reduce the time associated with testing and verifying distributed antenna systems (DAS) by as much as 90%.

SkyBridge Tools can serve as a DAS test management tool that automatically creates detailed test plans based upon easily imported test criteria to greatly simplify installation and commissioning of in-building wireless systems for more timely reimbursement of completed work.   

Built on a Microsoft architecture, the latest version of SkyBridge Tools brings a more simplified test process to the DAS installation workflow. It accepts information from iBwave designer, Excel, and customer-supplied test criteria. It quickly and automatically processes this data to create comprehensive test plans that enable test sequencing, job progress tracking, trace judgement, and report generation. Also included in the new SkyBridge Tools is a unique easyTest feature that allows a set of one-button instrument control scripts to be created from a test plan. Necessary tests as well as accurate instrument setups, limit lines, and required file names for the resulting traces are included in the script, dramatically reducing test time, miscommunications, and errors.

Reports can be generated in a variety of different formats to automate what has traditionally been a time-consuming process. Users can select PDFs, zipped files, or CSV format, with one row per test, to meet virtually any customer requirement.

Because it is an automated process, SkyBridge Tools is a significant advancement in improving the workflow of installing and commissioning DAS, which may require 1,000 to 15,000 traces, photos, and other deliverables to verify that the installation of a single system meets performance standards. The result is a more efficient method that leads to less time testing, more accurate tests, and reliable payment for work completed. SkyBridge is fast, accurate, and reliable.

SkyBridge Tools can be used with a number of different Anritsu field solutions to create a complete DAS test solution. It can be integrated with the industry leading Site Master™ “L” and “E” series handheld cable and antenna analyzers, PIM Master™ MW82119B portable PIM analyzer, Cell Master™ “E” series base station analyzers, and BTS Master™ MT8220T. It can also be used with Anritsu fiber field solutions, including Network Master™ MT9090A, ACCESS Master™ series, and CMA multi-layer network test and measurement platform.

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