Mobile communications systems are implemented using a network of antennae which are constantly updated to bring improvements to customers and to optimise coverage. Any network improvements are planned in advance and rely on static databases of antennae characteristics such as beam direction, height and tilt.

Currently, this information is not maintained and is known by the planning engineers working on network improvements to be unreliable. Should it become necessary to measure the physical characteristics of an antenna, a third party company is employed, at considerable cost, to drive to the site in question, climb the mast and measure the physical characteristics. These details are then stored using a pen and paper process and not currently digitised.

SiteSpy is designing a device which will attach to the antennae and automatically report its physical characteristics to a central database. Once a day the sensor will wake up, take readings and send these via sms message. A planning ...
Mobile communications systems are implemented using a network of antennae which are constantly updated to bring improvements to customers and to optimise coverage. Any network improvements are planned in advance and rely on static databases of antennae characteristics such as beam direction, height and tilt.

Currently, this information is not maintained and is known by the planning engineers working on network improvements to be unreliable. Should it become necessary to measure the physical characteristics of an antenna, a third party company is employed, at considerable cost, to drive to the site in question, climb the mast and measure the physical characteristics. These details are then stored using a pen and paper process and not currently digitised.

SiteSpy is designing a device which will attach to the antennae and automatically report its physical characteristics to a central database. Once a day the sensor will wake up, take readings and send these via sms message. A planning engineer can then, from any location with internet access, securely log on to a database which holds the physical characteristics of a network of antennae and download those which are required.

This has a number of advantages:
1. The data is accurate and reliable. The device wakes up once a day and runs measurement diagnostics, so the information held in the database is always up to date and correct.
2. Removes delays to the planning process caused by the need to conduct site visits. Currently, once the need for a site visit is identified, it can take up to a week or more for the visit to be arranged, carried out and the findings reported. This can cause significant delays to the planning process.
3. Saves money in the long run. While there would be a significant setup cost to begin with, over time the SiteSpy sensor will save operators significant amounts of money.
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