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Optical Zonu announces GPS tester for antenna installation

Optical Zonu has introduced the ZonuSkyShot GPS tester, designed for quick testing during the critical installation phase of an antenna at a new site build or small cell integration.

The compact tester is designed for integrating one of Optical Zonu’s GPS solutions, but is equally capable of working as a neutral testing device.

Fig. 1. Screenshot of ZonuSkyshot software output. (Screenshot: Optical Zonu)

Fig. 1. Screenshot of ZonuSkyshot software output. (Screenshot: Optical Zonu)

The ZonuSkyShot is a compact GPS receiver that detects the presence of a GPS signal, indicated on the top-panel LED. The receiver can be accessed at the USB port on the base unit, allowing the user to see the available satellites by using the app provided with the system and available at the Optical Zonu website.

The receiver can simultaneously track up to 16 satellites while searching for new ones. Because of this, a problem can be found and mitigated when a GPS antenna is installed, rather than when hardware is being integrating further down the line. Close-out of projects can be indicated with with screenshots of satellite visibility via the micro-USB port to a laptop.

The app provides:

  • RF GPS signal presence
  • GPS antenna functionality
  • Optical transmitter functionality
  • Fiber connectivity
  • Optical receiver functionality

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the kit, which includes the handheld device with power supply, carrying case, jumpers and SMA cable.

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