We recently did productivity analysis for RimotRF deployment at multiple plants run by a global manufacturer. The potential productivity gains from remotely monitoring their radio systems were substantial and we thought they were worth sharing.
Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR or SWR) is an important stat for transmitter sites that should be continuously measured and monitored to be able to see - and frequently preempt - a problem before it has a significant impact.
VSWR / SWR is worth paying attention to on a wireless transmitter site as it:
- Is a good measure of the overall health of the antenna system
- Can highlight degraded system performance – coverage, voice quality, data throughput, etc.
- Helps avoid damage and failure to transmitters and repeaters from high VSWR
- Indicates if the system is performing as designed and intended