GPS Tester, a practical perspective
Early in my career when I was integrating Macro-sites and optimizing their performance, GPS timing was critical. Network timing is no less critical today almost thirty years later. Throughout that time, we had crude, and circuitous means of gauging the performance of a GPS installation. Trouble shooting was comical, and short of an outright glaring antenna failure, or a cut coax run a GPS issue would definitely be service impacting, and on a broader scale network impacting. For all that time lost and wasted speculation it is nice to finally be part of a solution.
The ZONUSkyShot is the kind of solution that gives the hands-on engineer in me some satisfaction in a finally getting to see a problem, solved!
This small unit can quickly determine the GPS antenna’s visible range and be used incrementally through the install process. The software included allows for screen capturing Satellite visuals and is ideal for placement in the necessary closeout package required by all the American based carriers.
From a Sales Engineer and client management perspective I now have a tool which helps me resolve a client issue and prove the robustness of our technology. It gives an added layer of testing prior to issuing an RMA keeping our internal resources focused on actual problems. In a marketplace where customer confidence is critical this GPS Tester is an amazing line of defense in proving our GPS over fiber products.
The marketplace for the ZONUSkyShot, runs from the Integrator who is tasked with site construction, through the Operations engineer of the carriers who are ensuring their network performance.
Paul M. Antola | Sales Engineering East