Press Release Summary:
Supporting wireless digital mobile video broadcasting, MediaFLO Scanner receiver solution measures 700 MHz Digital TV service and permits carriers to detect presence and quantify service coverage of Digital TV networks being deployed in 700 MHz frequency range. Featuring IP3 and robust design, scanning receiver solution provides RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurements of both MediaFLO and DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld) implementations.
Original Press Release:
Comarco Introduces MediaFLO Scanner for Digital TV Service Monitoring
Comarco's new MediaFLO scanner supports the emerging wireless digital mobile video broadcasting networks being deployed worldwide
LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 19 - Comarco, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMRO), an industry-leading supplier of wireless test systems for field applications and network performance optimization, today announced the availability of a MediaFLO(TM) scanning receiver solution which supports measurements of 700 MHz Digital TV service. Expanding its Quality of Service (QoS) benchmarking equipment, the scanner permits carriers to detect the presence and quantify service coverage of Digital TV networks being deployed in the 700 MHz frequency range in the U.S. and elsewhere.
"This addition extends the capability of our multi-technology scanning receiver family to embrace measurements of the emerging wireless digital mobile video broadcasting networks now being deployed worldwide," said Mark Chapman, senior vice president and general manager for Comarco Wireless Test Solutions. "We are pleased to be able to offer this capability to our customer base and believe this further demonstrates our commitment to lead the market for QoS measurement with addition of leading edge features and service."
Supporting precise measurements of the downlink signal strength in channel 55 of the U.S. television spectrum (716 to 722 MHz), the scanner is offered three forms: as a standalone scanner product, as an upgrade to Comarco's popular Quality of Service (QoS) wireless network benchmarking and optimization products, and as an OEM version for integration with third party test and monitoring equipment. Other versions are planned as additional frequencies are brought online to support the roll out of digital video broadcast.
Its high IP3 and robust design ensure accurate measurements even in the presence of strong interfering signals and it provides RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurements of both MediaFLO and DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) implementations in this frequency band. The scanner is intended for use by carriers deploying DVB-H/MediaFLO service in this frequency block and applications include spectrum clearing, initial deployment and network service coverage determination. It also offers cellular operators the ability to add service coverage monitoring to their existing QoS benchmarking programs.
Built to exacting standards, the Comarco scanning receivers are designed to operate reliably in real world field conditions and under harsh operating environments, ensuring integrity of data collection and maximizing engineering productivity.
About Digital/Mobile TV Service
Digital or Mobile TV Service is now being offered to subscribers via mobile telecommunications networks and mobile phone carriers. Digital or Mobile TV involves bringing TV services to the mobile phones. It combines the services of a mobile phone with television content and represents a logical step both for consumers and operators and content providers. Digital/Mobile TV over cellular networks allows viewers to enjoy personalized, interactive TV with content specifically adapted to the mobile medium. The services and viewing experience of mobile TV over cellular networks differs in a variety of ways from traditional TV viewing. In addition to mobility, mobile TV delivers a variety of services including video-on-demand, traditional/linear and live TV programs. Another exciting opportunity for users is Mobile TV pod casts, where content is delivered to a user's mobile on demand or by subscriptions. Stored locally on the handset, this content can then be viewed even when there's no network connection.
There are currently two main ways of delivering mobile TV. The first is via a two-way cellular network and the second is through a one-way dedicated broadcast network. These dedicated networks include digital video broadcasting-handheld (DVB-H), digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), TDtv (based on TD-CDMA technology from IPWireless), 1seg (based on Japan's ISDB-T), DAB and MediaFLO.
The MediaFLO System from QUALCOMM is a comprehensive end-to-end solution that simultaneously and cost-effectively delivers unprecedented volumes of high-quality, streaming or clipped, audio and video multimedia to wireless subscribers. MediaFLO transforms multimedia delivery and opens market opportunities for the entire mobile value chain including wireless operators, device manufacturers, and content providers. The MediaFLO System complements existing networks and drastically expands the ability to deliver the multimedia customers desire without impacting the voice and data services they expect.
Based in Lake Forest, Calif., Comarco is a leading provider of wireless test solutions for field test applications, ChargeSource® universal mobile power products and wireless emergency call box systems. Comarco's Wireless Test Solutions (WTS) division is an industry-leading supplier of wireless test systems for field test applications. Comarco systems allow cellular network operators to improve the quality of their service through voice, video and data benchmarking and system optimization using integrated Quality of Service algorithms and a unique multi-technology interfaces and RF scanners. Comarco's open architecture supports both current cellular operating system technologies, new 3G systems being implemented worldwide and is extensible to 4G technologies as they become available. More information about Comarco's product lines can be found at www.comarco.com/.
Source: Comarco, Inc.
Kirtland President & CEO of Comarco, Inc.,
or Mark Chapman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comarco Wireless Test Solutions,
Web site: http://www.comarco.com/