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Public Safety Network Coverage Testing & Verification Tool

Public Safety Network Coverage Testing & Verification Tool

Public Safety Network Coverage Testing & Verification Tool

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Public Safety Network Coverage Testing & Verification Tool consists of:

  • SeeHawk Touch data collection software with Indoor Walk and Grid Test modes, plus Signal Analyzer.
  • SAMSUNG Android tablet.
  • SeeGull IBflex scanning receiver measures all public safety bands (10 MHz - 3800 MHz).
  • Accessories: IBflex battery pack with 2 batteries, charger, backpack, 2 indoor antennas, data cable, and carrying case.

Public Safety Network Testing Solution Applications:

  • Commercial Buildings, Convention Centers.
  • Industrial Factories and Manufacturing Plants.
  • Government Establishments and Facilities.
  • Hospitality Industry Hotels and Motels.
  • Education - Schools, Colleges, Universities.

WE OFFER TAAS. Please submit Testing As A Service (TAAS) questionnaire if you require professional testing service without requiring to purchase equipment, learning how to use it, recording coverage strength in all parts of your building, and preparing the reports to present to AHJ for Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and compliance with local codes.

WE INSTALL. Please submit installation quote questionnaire for a quote if you require professional installation and assistance with consent and approval process for Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (active DAS) or Public Safety Bi-Directional Amplifier System (passive BDA).

Tool For Communication Verification within Buildings.

If you have had enough of overly complex testing tools, cumbersome equipment, and graphing your scan test results by hand every time you need to apply for a permit of occupancy, you're in luck. Finally, there is an easier way to test network coverage indoors.

The new Indoor Grid Testing Option by PCTEL operates as a fully functioning addition to the software by SeeHawk Touch and makes the streamlined testing of the indoor coverage of public safety networks by inspectors and field engineers easier than ever before.

This innovative safety testing solution includes the following:

  1. Fully functioning software to facilitate data collection, including a signal analyzer and both grid test and walk modes, by SeeHawk Touch.
  2. An android tablet by Samsung.
  3. An IBflex scanning receiver by SeeGull to measure all public safety bands within the range of 10 megahertz to 3800 megahertz.
  4. An accessory pack including a carrying case, data cable, two antennas for indoor use, a backpack, charger, and a battery pack by IBflex which includes a pair of batteries.

Please note that the software by SeeHawk Touch can be pre-installed on a tablet or made available separately.

A Verification Tool to Ensure Full Coverage of Public Safety Networks.

This innovative new grid testing solution for indoor use has been designed to assist building managers and owners meet the all-important coverage requirements for public safety. Several jurisdictions within USA specifically state that occupancy permits will not be granted or reissued unless owners of buildings can verify, using grid testing means, that the network coverage within the building satisfies public standards. The software created by SeeHawk Touch is tablet-based and allows for grid testing indoors to significantly simplify the process of reporting data collected for public safety purposes while creating automatically generated reports that meet local standards.

As anyone working in the field would understand, grid testing is a procedure that is prone to errors, is highly time-consuming, and requires the expertise of professionals. Even in today's digital age, engineers still tend to resort to paper-and-pencil methods to create their testing plans, execute such tests, record the results, and ultimately create their reports. Finally, there is a software-based solution which integrates the grid testing procedure in all its phases, making good use of IBflex's scanning receiver and software.

This new tool allows for the creation and generation of custom reports for both non-public safety and public safety applications, even radio over IP. Additionally, the tool has been preconfigured according to standards set by the IFC (International Fire Code) and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) to allow for reporting to the appropriate standards.

The inclusion of IBflex's scanning receiver allows for the entire procedure to be an adaptable yet highly accurate one. For professionals happy with their current scanning receivers, the software by SeeHawk Touch will bring a new level of accuracy and professionalism to your grid testing endeavors. Even government sectors can benefit from the use of this new grid testing tool, allowing for inspections of coverage for public safety purposes to be more efficiently carried out.

Public Safety Network P25 SINR Testing, Grid-based.

SINR refers to the ratio of signal to interference plus noise. Measurements for the P25 phase 1 ratio have been included in the inbuilt, grid-based, automated testing for public safety networks within buildings, making the verification of coverage for public safety both cost-effective and highly efficient. The simple integration of P25 SINR allows local jurisdictions to ensure that first responders are kept safe in the event of an emergency through the adoption of these comprehensive testing requirements that are grid based.

Included in the IFC's specifications, SINR is a way of measuring the quality of a signal and has superseded DAQ (Delivered Audio Quality) due to the latter's inconsistency of results and time-consuming nature. Indeed, relying on SINR is a way of ensuring that results are significantly more objective, reliable, efficient, and repeatable than old methods, leading to enhanced signal quality standards and the ultimate in reliable means of communication for first responders and other similar personnel involved in public safety.

The provision of comprehensive and reliable communication coverage indoors is crucial for first responders and public safety in general. Despite this, the cost of testing and the complexity of adhering to reporting guidelines has proven to be a sometimes-insurmountable hurdle for building owners and representatives from government departments. This is all set to change with the introduction of these new, practical-based, innovative testing solutions that make the implementation of existing standards an easy process. By using SINR calculations and measurements, the process of testing becomes more streamlined and accurate, greatly improving the performance and reliability of coverage in these critical moments.

The printable reports produced by this new testing solution for public safety are an automatic part of the process of grid testing and are fully applicable with local codes, as well as codes specified by the IFC and the NFPA. It is the combination of the scanning receiver by IBflex and the compatible software by SeeHawk Touch, designed to be used with Android tablets, that has seen the reporting and data collection processes completely automated and able to be configured to adhere to the varying standards of different departments and local authorities. P25 SINR standards are inbuilt within the scanning receiver by IBflex, allowing for grid testing to be used in conjunction with walk testing indoors and drive testing outdoors. Additionally, public safety networks based on LTE coverage and/or FirstNet are fully covered and supported by the combination of the scanning receiver and the software solution.

One tool integrating multiple applications:

  1. Requirements for indoor coverage for public safety are covered with this new test tool.
  2. Small cell / DAS walk tests.
  3. Spectrum analysis is fully integrated.

Elective additions:

  • Antenna verification for small cell / DAS activities.
  • Drive tests for outdoors.

The new testing solution for public safety networks effectively combines the scanning receiver by IBflex and fully integrated software by SeeHawk Touch in order to simplify the process of data collection and test planning. Reports conforming to IFC, NFPA, and common coverage requirements for public safety are automatically generated by this new tool, which also features measurements to the P25 SINR standard. This makes the entire package fully compliant with voice quality equivalent testing by the 2018 IFC 510 standards.

Verify network coverage for public safety efficiently.

Are you concerned about the ability of first responders to communicate in the event of an emergency?

  • Measure and easily verify the coverage of your network and the quality of your signal before an emergency has the opportunity to occur.
  • Set and enforce appropriate standards for existing or new structures.

Are the tests you're conducting sufficient to meet building codes?

  • Now you can test to the requirements of codes automatically.
  • The process of obtaining approval for buildings is simplified and streamlined.

Both outdoor and indoor public safety communication systems can easily be tested using PCTEL's unique combination of software by SeeHawk Touch and the scanning receiver by IBflex.

Relevant features of the grid test tool for use within buildings:

  1. Printable reports show fail/pass results in real time.
  2. All relevant codes, including the 2018 IFC 510 and the NFPA 1221 are conformed to.
  3. Each band, including 850, 750, UHF, and VHF, can be tested simultaneously along numerous channels.
  4. Measurements of P25 SINR are used to test the quality of public safety signals.

Fail/ pass results are displayed in real time on the grid test tool by SeeHawk Touch.

This new testing solution is ideally suited for fire trucks, ambulances, medical services, EMS emergency vehicles, police vehicles, and other vehicles that use outdoor coverage communication networks for public safety including TETRA, LTE, P25, and similar networks.

When it comes to indoor signal quality and coverage for residences with high levels of occupancy and commercial buildings, full downlink power coverage is provided across all bands and all technologies to P25 SINR quality standards. Each floor will generate results in real time, with the results file for the entire building automatically generated.

The benefits of the report summary include:

  • Reporting preconfigured to standards set by the IFC and the NFPA.
  • The generation of a Microsoft Word document report showing the fail/ pass results sorted by grid and channel.

For every floor, a report will be generated showing a view of the floor plan.The entire building report will summarize the individual results of all floors, sorted by all channels or individual channels. A spreadsheet, compatible with Microsoft Excel, will also be generated containing the full results for the entire building.

Example Use Cases:

Inspections.

The process of determining compliance following testing will be streamlined by way of the testing solution's automatic generation of reports.

Compliance With Building Codes.

The compliance with requirements of quality and network coverage for public safety can easily be verified by building owners.

Integration with Systems.

Designs can be verified and fine-tuned by field engineers simply by using the reports and accurate measurements generated by the testing system.

Grid Testing.

By making use of highly accurate measurements by the scanner, organizations tasked with testing services can efficiently and effectively automatically generate reports and test buildings to the appropriate standards.

Reporting.

Floor Reports.

Walk testing will produce fail/pass results in real time by way of comprehensive floor reports.

Building Reports.

The individual results achieved on each floor will be summarized in a building report, looking at all channels or single channels individually. The testing solution by PCTEL includes report formats that are preconfigured to meet the standards set by the IFC and the NFPA, both with respect to the required standards of signal quality and coverage for public safety.

Report Publishing.

With reports generated in Microsoft Word format, the process of applying for permits for building occupancy has never been easier.

Display of grid test tool for public safety indoor coverage requirement:

Grid test tool for public safety indoor coverage requirement

Conclusion.

When you make use of this new testing system, you will meet the necessary network coverage requirements for public safety by replacing outdated processes of manual testing with automated, efficient methods that easily allow for building compliance to be verified.

WE OFFER TAAS. Please submit Testing As A Service (TAAS) questionnaire if you require professional testing service without requiring to purchase equipment, learning how to use it, recording coverage strength in all parts of your building, and preparing the reports to present to AHJ for Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and compliance with local codes.

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