RFS Debuts Dual-Axis Mechanical Tilt Sensor

August 13, 2013

The AISG 2.0–compliant device performs the calibrated angle measurement required to remotely detect shifts in antenna placement.

MERIDEN, CT /Marketwired/ -- Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, announced the availability of an AISG 2.0–compliant, dual axis RFS mechanical tilt sensor (MTS). The simple-to-install in-line device enables RFS customers to accurately measure the position of its antennas in real-time without physically having to check the placement on site.

RFS' MTS performs calibrated angle measurement with respect to gravity, reading 0° when the device is vertical. Any deflection from a vertical position will result in increasing angle values. MTS is expertly engineered to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions and prevents water intrusion, making it ideal for providing reliable data even under the most severe environmental conditions. Digital filtering ensures stable measurements and prevents false alarms caused by antenna vibrations and its +/- 0.5° of accuracy improves RF optimization. The tilt sensor has the ability to be installed into a live system and be recognized by the system without requiring the system to be shut down or rebooted.

"Antenna positioning is obviously critical to wireless performance, and it has typically been necessary for wireless carriers to physically send a representative to check the placement of antennas, particularly in the aftermath of extreme weather occurrences," said Tom Nowik, Product Manager, Radio Frequency Systems. "Obviously this process is inconvenient, requires an investment of someone's time and resources, and can result in a delay in accurately detecting if antennas have shifted. RFS' mechanical tilt sensor is the first to market of its kind and enables the entire process to be conducted remotely in real-time. As more and more carriers are upgrading their sites to be LTE-compatible, now is the ideal time to add a tilt sensor—which is as easy to install as a standard cable—at the antenna site."

About RFS
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna, and tower systems, as well as active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for outdoor and indoor wireless infrastructure. RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators, and installers. Its customers currently include the four largest wireless carriers, the majority of tier 2 and 3 wireless carriers in North America, and many of the top wireless and microwave OEMS worldwide.

For more than 70 years, RFS has provided its customers world-class service that today is backed by a global presence of nine manufacturing facilities worldwide and sales and technical support centers in 23 countries. RFS offers advanced engineering capabilities, superior field support, and expert technical assistance and training to provide scalable, flexible, future-proof, and lightweight end-to-end solutions optimized across the entire RF chain. As an ISO-compliant organization, RFS solutions offer proven longevity, premium performance, and unrivalled quality.

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