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Anite aims to cut costs, human error in drive testing

Anite plc has launched an industry-first platform for centrally controlling network testing and attempting to eliminate human error in drive tests, as well as reduce the personnel needed to conduct the tests.
The new Nemo Commander solution allows remote control of various field measurement systems, including Anite’s Nemo Outdoor, Nemo Invex, Nemo Handy and Nemo Explorer-1 test units. Because a single user can operate the system and remotely manage the units, Anite says it eliminates the need for two technicians in a test vehicle.
Nemo Commander tracks the location and status of test units and allows configurations to be verified remotely in order to avoid failed drive tests, as well as enabling rapid troubleshooting of hardware and script issues instead of recognizing errors at the conclusion of a test campaign. Anite said that an estimated 10-20% of drive tests fail due to human error, and that the new solution can save up to 40% of annual drive testing costs through reduced time and money spent on testing. It pegs those savings at between about $271,000-$678,000 ( €200,000-500,000) per year for a typical mobile operator.
“Drive testing is an integral task for network operators. It needs to be cost-efficient and provide accurate information about the state of the networks” said Petri Toljamo, managing director for Anite’s network testing business, in a statement. “As a technology leader, Anite is the first to offer this complete solution for the centralised remote control of field measurement systems. With Nemo Commander operators can fully leverage the benefits of field measurements to increase the Quality-of-Service of their networks while reducing the overall cost of drive testing.”
Anite will be demonstrating the Nemo Commander platform at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona.

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Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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