Sensustech Launches PAM

Launches an automated 'Performance Analysis Mobile'

April 14, 2005

2 Min Read

CHELTENHAM, U.K. -- Sensustech, the mobile network quality measurement company, has launched PAM, an automated “Performance Analysis Mobile”. Its mission is to make and receive audio and digital calls from every part of mobile communication networks. PAMs are intended to be left in place permanently in order to monitor variations throughout the day, daily or seasonal changes and long-term trends in the network.

PAM units contain integrated GSM/GPRS connectivity together with an integrated GPS system and a powerful microcomputer. They are small, rugged and very low cost compared with traditional drive test sets. This, together with their low power consumption of 250mA from 12V DC, makes them ideal for use in vehicles. They are capable of making a number of measurements including call success rate, dropped call incidence, RxLEV and voice quality.

Says Robin Burton, Sensustech Marketing Manager: “PAMs are designed to be the consumer’s representative. They are intended to be deployed in large numbers in the network in a variety of vehicles and fixed locations. Once in place, they are directed by our back office server to make patterns of calls such that, over time, every part of the network is tested.”

Because they are inconspicuous, rugged and low cost, they can be deployed in unsecured vehicles such as buses, taxis and courier vans. They can also provide a vehicle tracking service giving the operators of such vehicles an incentive to carry them for the network operator.

Says Burton: “All this means that operators can make measurements in statistically significant numbers from all around their network. Also, because the units are intended to stay in place once deployed, they can be used to continually monitor the network. This means that any problems can be promptly reported and that a true picture of the seasonal changes in network performance can be built up.”


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