Cobham & TRX Systems launch integrated land mobile radio testing solution

TRX-Cobham solution makes it possible to collect accurate, actionable data in every part of a building including elevators and stairwells, which 2D manual solutions struggle to address

Cobham & TRX Systems launch integrated land mobile radio testing solution

Wireless test equipment provider Cobham and TRX Systems have announced that the Cobham 3550R and the 8800 Series Radio Test Sets are now fully integrated with the TRX NEON Signal Mapper application in an automated solution that simplifies and reduces the time required for indoor land mobile radio (LMR) testing.

NEON Signal Mapper automates the geo-referencing, cloud storage, and 3D visualization of LMR test data for technicians who use the 3550R and the 8800SX test sets to record and analyse two-way radio signals inside buildings.

“We are excited to provide these unique testing solutions for our customers,” said Rob Barden, Director of Product Marketing at Cobham AvComm. “The TRX indoor location technology, when integrated with the 3550R and the 8800SX, further enhances the unique capabilities of the AvComm portable test sets.”

The Cobham 3550R is a 1 GHz hand-held, rugged radio test system with a large colour display and touch-screen operation. The Cobham 3550R unit weighs 8.3 pounds and is packaged in a magnesium alloy case.

Combining many features of a benchtop radio test set with the added capabilities of VSWR and Distance to Fault analysis, the 3550R is being marketed as a solution for testing radio transceivers, whether on the bench or in remote locations.

The Cobham 8800SX is designed for maximum test efficiency. It features a large colour touch-screen display, a ‘fast-stack’ user interface, user-defined pre-sets, customer frequency lists, and it has the ability to handle up to 125 W of direct power.

Test professionals can set up analogue and digital meters and test functions. Complete with AM, FM, P25, P25 Phase II, DMR, dPMR, NXDN, and ARIB T98 test functionalities, the 8800SX is fully equipped for testing mission critical radios.

According to Cobham, integrating NEON’s capability to automatically collect geo-referenced test data with the 3550R and the 8800SX saves valuable time and money by:

• Automatically calculating indoor location and correlating with radio signal data, eliminating manual check-ins
• Removing data recording errors caused by incorrect location estimates in complex buildings through automatic indoor path determination
• Providing continuous logging of data with a high density of data points, including within typically difficult to map stairwells, elevators, and tunnels
• Supporting rapid analysis of signal coverage with 3D visualisation and easy export of time-stamped data.

With this new TRX-Cobham solution, it is possible to collect accurate, actionable data in every part of a building. This includes elevators and stairwells, which 2D manual solutions struggle to address. The solution also provides end users with centralised access to all of the location information that has been logged via NEON Cloud Service.

The seamless geo-referencing and 3D visualisation of multiple, simultaneous LMR measurements from the 3550R and the 8800SX test sets – both indoors and out – allows the integrated solution to provide a correlated ‘Signal Quality’ rating with every step taken through the building.

The integrated solution will be showcased at APCO International Conference and Expo, 15-16 August, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA (Cobham Booth #1618 and TRX Booth #1507).

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