Test and Measurement: PCTel automates critical comms uplink testing

Test company PCTel says that it has automated indoor uplink testing for public safety networks, which is sometimes required by building codes to ensure that first responders have sufficient signal strength inside buildings in case they must respond to an emergency at that location.

The new feature is part of PCTel’s public safety network testing solution, and the company said that it is the first to enable “accurate, repeatable indoor uplink testing while eliminating the need for a second technician to receive test calls.”

PCTel said that its initial release of the tool supports P25 uplink signal quality measurements, as well as uplink channel power measurements for other Land Mobile Radio technologies.

“Automated uplink testing is the most commonly requested feature by our public safety testing customers, including radio solutions providers for private critical communications networks,” said Arnt Arvik, PCTEL’s chief sales officer. “Now that an efficient, accurate, and repeatable uplink testing solution is available, we also expect more jurisdictions to incorporate uplink testing into their requirements.”

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