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Award-Winning Spyglass Carrier Monitoring System Provides Low-Cost Automated Spectrum Analysis

Friday, April 01, 2005  
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Award-Winning Spyglass Carrier Monitoring System Provides Low-Cost Automated Spectrum Analysis Using Off-the-Shelf Hardware

The Spyglass Carrier Monitoring System from Globecomm Systems gives satellite operators, teleport operators, and satellite service providers the ability to manage their uplink and downlink satellite carriers' performance automatically using a traditional spectrum analyzer, without additional hardware upgrades. The CMS performs real-time measurements and reports on single carrier and entire spectrum parameters such as power, frequency, and noise. Specific measurements available through the graphical user interface include C/No, (C+N)/N, Eb/No, effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), and center frequency.

The software was named Top 2005 Software Product of the Year by the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet)

Using minimal hardware and point-and-click techniques, the user can configure each carrier, while viewing the actual trace on the workstation screen. If any carrier falls outside its user-defined limits, the system activates an alarm and notifies operations staff to take corrective action.

How It Works

The SpyGlass Server software interfaces to an RF switch and spectrum analyzer. It utilizes the spectrum analyzer to take RF carrier measurements, which, together with their corresponding configurations, are stored in a SQL database. SpyGlass Client software reads measurements from the SQL database and the SpyGlass server to provide the user with a simple interface. The client also allows the user to configure remotely the carriers to be measured, view measurement trends, and control the spectrum analyzer remotely.

The SpyGlass CMS system was designed to provide a low-cost method for satellite communication operators to monitor the status of their RF carriers by using off-the-shelf hardware, usually already available to most communications operators. The system can be installed in many diverse environments with minimal effort utilizing off-the-shelf hardware and/or software. Alll measurements and calculations are performed by the software system rather than expensive hardware/DSP systems.

For more information, contact Fred Dugourd ( or Walter Scharpf (

Globecomm Systems, Inc. is achieving its vision of becoming a world leading communications provider by providing high-quality solutions, systems, and connections to our customers. From its foundation as a turnkey satellite network and earth station infrastructure provider, it has expanded into three main business areas: end-to-end satellite-based communication solutions; telecommunications and broadcast systems; and Internet and telecommunication connections. Globecomm offers standard Internet access services for Internet service providers overseas, and standard anywhere telecommunication services for competitive service providers, enterprises, government users, and broadcasters. These connections for Internet, voice, and data are often provided as part of a compete end-to-end satellite-based communication solution

Globecomm Systems, Inc. Contact Fred Dugourd ( or Walter Scharpf (
phone +1 631 231 9800 x 1172

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