Anritsu’s SkyBridge Tools™ brings simplified testing processes to the DAS installation workflow. SkyBridge Tools enables reliable and quick creation of test plans, enables fast and accurate testing, and assists in report creation. This leads to less time testing, accurate tests, and reliable payment for work done.
DAS Needs Are Different
The need for documentation of antenna systems is increasing. A typical tower based antenna system might require 50 to 150 measurements, traces, and photos to show that the installation meets quality standards. A Distributed Antenna System (DAS), also known as an In-building or Outside Antenna System, may require 1,000 to 15,000 traces, photos, and other deliverables to show that the installation meets performance standards. Each of these deliverables needs to be inspected, renamed, and perhaps have the markers and limit lines set and judged. The manual inspection system that worked well enough for tower work does not scale well for the much larger DAS systems.
Create Test Plan
Test Plans are the start of the test simplification process. SkyBridge takes input from iBwave designer, Excel, and from customer supplied test criteria. This input is processed with the assistance of a wizard to create detailed Test Plans. These Test Plans enable test sequencing, job progress tracking, trace judgement, and report generation. Thousands of tests can be created in a few minutes with the assistance of the Test Plan Import Wizard.
Once a test plan is created, one button press will create a set of instrument control scripts (easyTests) for that test plan. Necessary tests as well as accurate instrument setups, limit lines, and required file names for the resulting traces are included in the scripts. These scripts can then be ran on the instrument, greatly reducing technician workload. Test time reduction of 90% has been observed, with increased accuracy. In many cases, failures will be visible while the cable is still connected to the instrument. Missing or duplicated tests, mis-configured setups, and mis-named traces are now a thing of the past.
There are several choices for reporting. Traditional PDF or zipped reports are available, of course. However, reporting is also available in a CSV format, with one row per test. Each row contains the test name, the criteria, a significant number for the measurement, a pass/fail indication (even for cable loss), and a link to the PDF of the trace. These reports automate what has been a tedious process in past.
Close out, get paid, and get to the next job fast with Anritsu’s SkyBridge Tools™