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LS telcom completes Broadcast Measurement in Dallas, USA, via unmanned aircraft system


Measurement confirms broadband antenna pattern for soon to be repacked station

Bowie, Maryland / Lichtenau, Germany – LS telcom, a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced that it has recently completed broadcast measurements in Cedar Hill, Texas, USA, via unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The measurement validated both the horizontal and vertical transmission patterns of a newly installed broadband antenna for a local Dallas television station. Leveraging the precision flight of the UAS combined with a specialized measurement payload, the key data was captured over a two-day period at the Cedar Hill facility this month, as part of the local network’s preparation for the upcoming repack.

With the recent completion of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction, over nine hundred television stations across the United States are being repacked to new channel assignments. In a compressed timeframe of just thirty-nine months to complete the nationwide process, broadcasters are searching for capabilities and technologies that increase the efficiency of the equipment installation process. LS telcom’s UAS Broadcast Measurement allows broadcasters to capture equipment performance at its source and avoid the lengthy process of drive testing hundreds of square miles to validate basic operation. The measurement data captured can be input into network planning tools for additional analysis, allowing broadcasters to compare the actual transmission patterns of the network with the theoretical projections. UAS Broadcast Measurements represent a huge savings in time, manpower, and testing effort for broadcasters, network installers, and equipment vendors.

“We are pleased to be able to bring this innovative technology to US broadcasters. As the industry faces the compressed time frame of the repack, LS telcom’s UAS Broadcast Measurement can optimize installations and rapidly provide broadcasters with the key baseline measurement of their network’s performance,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of LS telcom Inc. Broadcasters preparing for network equipment upgrades can include UAS Broadcast Measurement as a service in their network repack plans being filed with the FCC.

With over eight hundred successful measurements to its credit, LS telcom (through its subsidiary Colibrex) is the global leader in UAS Broadcast Measurement. The processes and procedures for these measurements have been approved for operations in over fifteen different countries around the world. For the Cedar Hill measurement, LS telcom operated under an FAA approved Part 107 waiver giving access to the necessary airspace for the mission. LS telcom is currently scheduling the UAS Broadcast Measurement service throughout the USA for validation of current broadcast network operations, as well as new equipment installations.

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About LS telcom
LS telcom is the global leader in spectrum efficiency.

In an increasingly connected world, we insure that all spectrum users achieve their radio communication objectives in the most optimal and cost-efficient way. We deliver technologies and services to national and international regulatory bodies, to mobile and broadcast operators, to transport, critical infrastructure, defence, PPDR, and vertical markets. We optimize spectrum management and spectrum use and enable new business models based on the internet of things (IoT). Spectrum users in all markets rely on our experts and software for the planning and design of optimized radio networks.

Our highly modern SPECTRA Enterprise IT system provides regulators with fully automated, workflow-based, e-government capabilities in spectrum management. Combined with our flexible radio monitoring system, it is one of the most advanced systems for spectrum inventory and data mining, enabling highest spectrum efficiency.

Founded in 1992, LS telcom boasts 25 years of excellence in the radio communications market, is a member of several industry associations and organizations including the ITU and ATU, and cooperates with leading technology universities to maintain its technological edge.

LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in France, Canada, China, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA as well as representations and support offices in Argentina, Hungary and Oman. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001.

LS telcom is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

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LS telcom
Josh Grossman
(310) 383-1771

Outside USA
LS telcom
Christiane Labitzke
+49 (0)7227 95 35 296 (Germany)
+33 (0)1 84 79 41 95 (France)