Software-as-a-Service Remote RF Spectrum Monitor
RF Venue, the developer of antenna, spectrum analysis and RF signal management tools for the professional audio-visual industry, has announced the availability of its WaveTower software-as-a-service (SaaS) product, designed to provide system integrators and end users with a new weapon in the battle against RF spectrum interference.
Opening up new revenue streams for RF managed services, offering greater centralised oversight of multi-venue systems, and providing remote troubleshooting and planning capabilities, WaveTower features small remote sensors which report back to a cloud-based web application, making it easy to manage radio spectrum usage across multiple sites and dramatically reduce incidents of interference.
As a patented platform designed from the ground up to allow organisations to monitor and manage their RF systems in the most streamlined and cost-effective way, WaveTower reduces significant travel and labour expenses by permitting systems techs to undertake analysis and make RF spectrum changes remotely.
WaveTower also makes it possible to identify and circumvent longer-term problems by capturing and saving up to two months of spectrum data. This can then be assessed remotely in order to more fully understand and plan for periods in which RF spectrum is especially congested. The web application’s 24 Hour Max Hold and Average functions make it possible to gauge overall RF spectrum activity from the previous 24 hours in a single click.
Covering VHF, UHF, ISM bands and more at 25 KHz resolution bandwidth, WaveTower comprises a connected-hardware platform that features small remote RF sensors called ‘Towers’ that continuously send RF scan data to the WaveTower web interface. Each of the Towers sport a BNC input, allowing it to be connected directly to any brand wireless microphone system or antenna to scan the venue. The devices also feature GPS modules to determine their location worldwide, along with a scanning range of nearly 3GHz.
RF Venue CEO, Chris Regan, says that throughout pre-launch trials, WaveTower has proved “… extremely popular with system integrators, production rental AV companies and other end-users that operate in multiple venues. We recognised a while ago that a great deal of resources were being ploughed into staying on top of changing RF spectrum across different sites. In situations where problems were occurring, integrators or contractors would historically be required to undertake several visits to a venue; for example, to do a site survey, then back again to make changes to the system configuration. But with WaveTower, a comprehensive analysis can be achieved remotely via the web, saving both time and travel expenses.”