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Collaboration Develops Drone-Based Scanning System for 4G/LTE & 5G Networks

The new system, consisting of a pocket-sized RF survey tool mounted on an aerial drone, will allow telecom providers to rapidly scan, analyze, and troubleshoot spectrum coverage in real-time over large areas By Caroline Rees / 22 Mar 2022
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WISPR Systems, a provider of complete, rugged drone systems for surveying and mapping, is collaborating with wireless sensing and detection systems provider Epiq Solutions on a new product that aims to transform 4G/LTE and 5G network deployment, test, and troubleshooting. 

Together, Epiq Solutions and WISPR Systems have developed a drone-based scanning solution with the goal of addressing the needs of telecom providers to rapidly survey and assess 4G/LTE and 5G networks and interference on a large scale not possible with typical walk and drive tests.

The new system uses Epiq Solutions’ PRiSM (Portable RF integrated Survey Module), a small spectrum analyzer and network scanner. PRiSM’s small size (87 mm x 61 mm x 12 mm), weight (less than six ounces), and power (requires only 3 watts while in use), make it ideal as a drone payload.

When integrated into WISPR Systems Ranger Pro drones, PRiSM provides a wireless measurement multi-tool for use in:

  • Conducting a full scan of all wireless signals between 70 MHz and 6 GHz over large areas rapidly
  • Interference hunting at a large scale and at tower heights
  • Three-dimensional RF signal mapping and coverage assessment
  • Arena and building signal mapping
  • 5G mmWave anchor detection: ensuring proper configuration and coverage in front of MDUs
  • Disaster recovery: identifying and locating on-line systems
  • Private 4G/LTE CBRS network survey: determining identity and configuration of neighboring networks

WISPR Systems’ durable integrated UAS package supports autonomous surveys that can collect wireless measurements and inspection data over large and/or inaccessible areas. Data that can be captured includes RSRP, RSRQ, RSSI, SINR, band, channel, subcarrier spacing, beam, beam index, and MIB, which is all recorded during flight and stored in .csv or .json files. This allows conversion to .kml for analyzing results overlayed on a map. The Ranger Pro’s RTK and PPK compatibility ensures the highest possible positional accuracy of data points. Using a Ranger Pro series drone has been shown to cut down network testing time from three hours to five minutes, a time difference that reduces typical total testing costs by 20 percent.

“Epiq Solutions is excited to collaborate with WISPR Systems to combine our strengths to bring this new capability to market,” said Epiq Solutions’ CEO John Orlando. “Field technical organizations are deploying and maintaining wireless networks that are more complex than ever before, and this collaborative product will make them better at delivering for their customers.”

“With the innovative and reliable wireless technology provided by Epiq Solutions combined with WISPR Systems’ UAS platform, the sky is truly the limit for this system,” said WISPR Systems’ CEO Conor Ferguson. “Customers will be able to save time deploying and maintaining wireless networks and reaching places previously unreachable with this new wireless surveying solution.”

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact