PCTEL Enhances In-Building Network Testing Portfolio
PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI) , a leader in Performance Critical Telecom solutions, announced today two enhancements to its in-building network testing portfolio. These enhancements will simplify the collection of data crucial to the efficient design and operation of wireless networks. First, PCTEL has added an Ethernet port to the SeeGull IBflex scanning receiver, the company’s specialized tool for in-building wireless network testing. Second, the latest version of PCTEL’s SeeHawk Touch software allows IBflex users to collect data using select AndroidTM-based smartphones and tablets. Both new capabilities empower users to conveniently and discreetly collect data.
Discreet data collection is particularly important in facilities such as airports and office buildings, where engineers carrying specialized equipment may cause alarm. Since its initial release, SeeHawk Touch has allowed users to conduct walk tests with select Android tablets in combination with the IBflex or other PCTEL scanning receiver. However, even a tablet may attract attention in a crowd full of smartphone users. With the latest release of SeeHawk Touch, walk test engineers can replace their tablets with smartphones. The SeeHawk Touch smartphone interface helps engineers blend into the crowd. It may also reduce user fatigue over hours of walk testing.
The IBflex‘s Ethernet port enables continuous monitoring and data collection in high-traffic and high-density venues via remote monitoring. Remote monitoring is particularly valuable in high traffic areas, where undetected network performance issues can have the greatest impact. For remote monitoring, users discreetly position the IBflex scanning receiver in a cabinet, ceiling, or other location. The IBflex then provides a continuous stream of data through an Ethernet connection to a remote server. Remote monitoring with the IBflex is an efficient way to proactively identify issues in order to improve quality of service.
“The latest enhancements to PCTEL’s network test portfolio are designed for the highest traffic in-building environments,” said David Neumann, Vice President and General Manager, RF Solutions. “Data collection with the IBflex and SeeHawk Touch sets the industry standard for efficiency, discretion, and continuity. As a result, network operators can analyze data more frequently and efficiently to improve outcomes in the most crucial locations,” added Neumann.
PCTEL delivers Performance Critical Telecom solutions. RF Solutions develops and provides test equipment, software, and engineering services for wireless networks. Engineers rely upon PCTEL to visualize, benchmark, and optimize wireless networks. Connected SolutionsTM designs and delivers performance critical antennas and site solutions for wireless networks globally. Our antennas support evolving wireless standards for cellular, private, and broadband networks. PCTEL antennas and site solutions support networks worldwide, including SCADA for oil, gas and utilities, fleet management, industrial operations, health care, small cell and network timing deployment, defense, public safety, education, and broadband access.
PCTEL’s performance critical products include its SeeGull(R) scanning receivers and CW Transmitter, SeeHawk(R) and SeeHawk(R) TouchTM analytic software, and its SeeWaveTM interference locating system. PCTEL is recognized globally for its industry leading-edge IBflexTM, EXflex(R), and MX scanning receivers and its sophisticated in-building Network Engineering Services (NES).
PCTEL’s performance critical MAXRAD(R) and BluewaveTM antenna solutions include high rejection and high performance GPS and GNSS products, the industry leading Yagi portfolio, mobile and indoor LTE, broadband, and LMR antennas and PIM-rated antennas for transit, in-building, and small cell applications. We provide performance critical mobile towers for demanding emergency and oil and gas network applications and leverage our design, logistics, and support capabilities to deliver performance critical site solutions into carrier, railroad, and utility applications.
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