Tessco Wireless Journal February March 2015 Page 1 TESSCO Wireless Journal February-March 2015

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PLEASE reference this code when ordering from this issue 2015 08180 (continued on page 5) (continued on page 4) 11126 McCormick Road Hunt Valley, Maryland USA 21031-1494 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED System and Product Reviews for Those Who Build, Use and Maintain Wireless PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID TESSCO TECHNOLOGIES The Wireless Journal Feature Article Digital Oilfields: The Evolution of Wireless Networks in the Energy Industry Page 1 Bird White Paper Multifunction RF Power Meters Completely Transformed Page 1 Feature Article Next Generation: Towers and Mounts Page 2 NewMar Case Study Site Power Monitor Reduces Copper Theft Page 2 Ericsson White Paper Rethink Non-Line-of-Sight Wireless Fiber Page 3 Feature Article Connected Home: Market Trending Upwards Page 6 Commscope's Reliable Distributed Coverage & Capacity Solution Page 11 Tablet Docking Stations From Havis Page 14 Fastback Networks's IBR Meets High-Capacity Demand. Page 19 Wireless Weatherproofing Kits From 3M Protect From the Environment Page 20 Trident Case Charging Cart Charges Up To 30 Tablets At One Time Page 23 11126 McCormick Road Hunt Valley, Maryland USA 21031-1494 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED VOLUME 22 NO. 1. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015 www.tessco.com/go/twj Multifunction RF Power Meters Completely Transformed Submitted by Bird Technologies Multifunction RF power meters have been completely transformed since they first appeared in the early 1990s. Once benchtop instruments incorporated power-sensing instrumentation and components such as directional couplers and detectors along with a display in a single enclosure. Today the RF power sensor incorporates complete power meter functionality, requiring only a laptop or other computer for analysis and display. The Bird Model 7022 RF Power Sensor is currently the only field measurement device that provides the statistical measurement capability required to accurately characterize modern communications system waveforms independent of the modulation technique or channel access method used in the system. Digital Modulation and Measuring RF Power RF power meters with statistical analysis capability have been available for use in labo- ratory environments for more than 10 years, but none are well suited for portable use in field environments. About seven years ago, a class of in-line power meters was introduced that provides more advanced capability for systems involving complex modulation. However, these instruments provided only limited information with regard to modulation schemes that employ time-based, channel access methods. To accurately measure peak and burst average power of time slots assoc- iated with TDMA-based channel access meth- ods, the sensor must provide results indepen- dent of modulation format. This instrument provides three distinct operating modes: and reflected average power as well as VSWR and return loss like traditional RF power meters. waveform characteristics and provides markers to determine average burst power, peak power and other pulse-related parameters. " The RF Power Sensor incorporates complete power meter functionality, requiring only a laptop or other computer for analysis and display.'' PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID DENVER, CO PERMIT NO. 5377 Digital Oilfields: The Evolution of Wireless Networks in the Energy Industry Submitted by Billy Hayes, Williams Incorporated There's an old oilfield adage, "The product doesn't flow if the data doesn't flow." Never before has that adage so accurately captured the state of the industry. If the product cannot be metered, monitored and reported, the product might as well not exist at all. When it comes to the energy industry, real-time data is not a nice-to-have; it's a must-have. The gas and oil industry continues to evolve. With recent advances in technology we can now cost-effectively extract more of the natural gas and oil supplies below our feet, notably in shale plays. Exploration and production in shale plays means drilling in more locations, often with a very small footprint. To be clear, the oil and gas industry has been actively engaged in developing wireless solutions for decades. But the growth in exploration has impacted the demand for wireless private networks, and the growth isn't expected to diminish anytime soon. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts natural gas production will increase more than 50 percent per year through 2040. This, among other market factors, has lowered natural gas prices for the consumer, significantly increasing global demand. The U.S. could become a net exporter of energy within five years. The industry practices and regulatory oversight surrounding the energy industry, for both new and existing sites, compound this demand. The Unique Demands of the Industry The industry is experiencing this demand in wire- less networks, not just because of the growth of exploration, but also because of the unique fac- tors and requirements of the business itself. Oil exploration is, almost by definition, remote . You'll rarely find macro towers conve- niently perched near a newly discovered shale field. Exploration also requires complex, expen- sive equipment run by multiple companies and operators. And it requires business-critical systems that ensure data and information across multiple sources are being maintained and monitored without interruption. The data must be delivered to multiple sources, including oil companies, leasing companies and even regulators. Major pieces of equipment are tracked to monitor usage and capacity. Every drop of product from See inside for this year's Innovative Product Winners! Pages 10, 19, 21, & 23 >>>

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