Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 31, 2009
Fulcrum Technologies, Inc. today announced the launch of their GPS-based antenna alignment solution for wireless telecommunications carriers. The Fulcrum Alignment Solution (FAS) merges Fulcrum's CATSTM web-based data management software with the GPS/inclinometer-based technology of the AntennAlign Tool (AAT) from Sunsight Instruments.
Fully integrated, CATS' back office data management and reporting capabilities are the perfect complement to the unprecedented accuracy and data capture functionality of the ruggedized AAT. Industry standard compass-based antenna alignment methodology yields inconsistent, inaccurate results. Industry studies and audits show that nearly 50% of the cellular sites in the US have at least one sector with an azimuth variance of more than 10 degrees.
Fulcrum developed FAS to provide a cost-effective alternative for achieving unprecedented antenna alignment accuracy. The patented differential GPS and inclinometer-based technology of the AAT achieves azimuth tolerances to +/- 2 degrees and mechanical tilt and roll tolerance to +/- 0.25 degrees.
FAS replaces existing manual data entry methodology with real-time automated data capture. In addition to capturing actual alignment values, the AAT guides the tower technician to the appropriate orientation with digital gauges and a "bull's-eye" indicator. (The AAT is mounted directly on the antenna during alignment).
The AAT records antenna alignment values the moment an adjustment is made. Along with critical antenna alignment data points, the AAT delivers time/date and username stamps. All AAT-captured data is uploaded to Fulcrum's CATS web-based software, where an "Alignment Certification Report" is automatically generated for every cell site.
The benefits of the solution include reducing or eliminating costly site returns for installation, modification, and optimization readjustments; improved capital efficiency; greater E911 performance regulation compliance; maximizing the potential of ACP tools; and improved location-based services performance.
For additional information about the FAS, contact Phil Oxley or visit http://www.fulcrum.net.
About Fulcrum Technologies:
Fulcrum is a Washington-based company that provides Infrastructure Lifecycle Management solutions to the communications industry internationally. Founded in 1998, the company provides the software, mobile computing hardware, labels and services necessary to help communications providers manage information about their network sites and infrastructure. Fulcrum has installed its software solution at over forty-five (45) wireless and landline companies throughout the world.
About Sunsight Instruments:
Sunsight Instruments is a Florida-based development and manufacturing company that produces alignment tools and monitoring systems to support a variety of industries. The company is made up of Systems, Software, and RF Engineers from the telecommunications sector, combined with veteran NASA Mechanical and Electrical Engineers experienced in satellite sensor technologies.
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