Anritsu Company has been awarded a contract in excess of $500,000 by the National Football League (NFL) to supply the league with 36 MS2721B Spectrum Master™ handheld spectrum analyzers. The MS2721B spectrum analyzers are being used by the NFL’s Game Day Frequency Coordinators (GDC) to research, troubleshoot, and analyze the RF spectrum at the league’s 32 stadiums before, during, and after games.
The MS2721B units delivered to the NFL are configured with interference analysis and channel scanner options to ensure that the GDCs efficiently coordinate the approximately 400 or more frequencies used at each stadium during a regular season NFL game. RF is used by team coaches to communicate with players on the field; all broadcast TV and radio entities; medical teams; team security; and public safety.
“Wireless communications usage has increased greatly since the league first implemented GDCs at Super Bowl XXX,” explained Jay Gerber, manager, NFL Frequency Organization Group. “We also had to consider the ever-shrinking RF spectrum as a result of Digital TV and re-allocation of frequencies. Recognizing these factors, we wanted to provide our GDCs with the instruments they need to do the job effectively. The Anritsu MS2721B analyzer has proven to be a great tool to ensure they locate and resolve any RF conflict.”
Gerber and the NFL Frequency Organization Group conducted an extensive evaluation of handheld spectrum analyzers before awarding the contract to Anritsu. Among the determining factors in the selection were the MS2721B’s large bright display, 1 Hz resolution, and memory that allows up to 1,000 preset measurements to be stored. Anritsu also agreed to provide training to all of the NFL’s GDCs and assist in customizing the frequency standards required by the NFL in coordinating Game Day activities.
“The Spectrum Master family has been developed to address the interference concerns associated with the increasingly crowded RF spectrum,” said Donn Mulder, vice president and general manager for Anritsu Company’s Microwave Measurement Division. “Its performance, ease of use, and our commitment to servicing the customer were key factors in securing the NFL contract. We look forward to working with the league and help ensure that everyone has a positive experience while attending or watching an NFL game.”
Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. With its acquisition of NetTest (www.nettest.com), Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.