iPhone appOne of the best things about planning a wedding is getting to try the wedding cakes – trust me. You can taste test the various flavors – lemon, German chocolate, raspberry, etc. - but wouldn’t it be nice to not only taste the cake, but also see exactly what it’s going to look like before the wedding? Weddings are pretty big days, after all, and everybody wants things to go perfectly. People can have specific requirements for the cake’s shape and other details beyond taste. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know exactly what the finished product will look like in advance?

Placing small cells in a community has many of same problems as wedding cakes. Every area wants their sites to be a different height, or a different color, or fit into a specific box. But outdoor small cells, or metro cells, come in a variety of styles that primarily depend on where the RF equipment is to be housed. The challenge is how to tell what it will look like while you are exploring potential sites or shortly thereafter. Thanks to a new CommScope tool, the guessing game is over.

Introducing the CommScope My Metro Cell app, an augmented reality tool to help you envision what various CommScope metro cells will look like in any setting. My Metro Cell, available in the Apple app store for your iPhone, starts by asking a few questions to help you decide which types of metro cells are right for your situation. It allows you to place images of them in any setting you want using a photo or your camera. You can resize or rotate the view, save and share the results.

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The installation of metro cells, unlike their larger macro cell brethren, are highly dependent on what they’re going to look like once installed. A variety of zoning regulations and municipal restrictions are slowing down deployments of small cells. Being able to ‘see’ ahead of time what the site will look like with new equipment will go a long way towards streamlining the entire process.

With the CommScope My Metro Cell app, you can have your cake, and eat it, too.

About the Author

Jeff Epstein

Jeff Epstein is the strategic and solutions marketing manager for CommScope’s outdoor wireless solutions. Previously, Jeff worked in software development and product management for Ericsson and product and solution marketing for Intervoice and Convergys. He has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and has authored numerous white papers, journal articles and blog posts. Jeff holds a master of science degree in computer science.

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Comments

3 comments for "With New Metro Cell App, You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too"
Patricia Walsh Friday, February 23, 2018 4:44 PM

This is an incredibly useful tool. It would be even more incredible if it also had multiple selections of installation types. Being able to use it as an on the fly photo sim to show what antennas would look like on a roof top for example.

Steve B Friday, February 23, 2018 9:07 PM

Is there an Android version planned? Could not find it on Google Play. The link in the article only goes to Apple Store.

Joe Depa Monday, February 26, 2018 3:33 PM

Hi Steve, we launched the iPhone/iPad version first. Check back soon for Android and Amazon Kindle Fire version.

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