Keysight’s New Handheld Measurement Software Supports Commercial Off-the-Shelf Smartphones

October 22, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Keysight Technologies announced that their new handheld measurement software, Nemo Handy, uses Android-based commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones for verification of 5G new radio (NR) quality-of-service (QoS) and quality-of-experience (QoE) in the field.

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, the pace of 5G deployment is expected to accelerate with more than one-hundred mobile operators having launched global commercial 5G services to date. The number of announced 5G devices in the past twelve months has doubled, reaching over four-hundred and forty in October 2020.  Access to commercial, non-rooted devices speeds testing across different end-user scenarios, network technology implementations, and propagation environments.

Keysight's new version of Nemo Handy Handheld Measurement software allows mobile operators and vendors to verify QoE as experienced by users of different 5G devices. In addition, Keysight's new Nemo Diagnostics Module, an external hardware unit, enables users of the new Nemo Handy software to access non-rooted, 5G COTS smartphones.

Key customer benefits of Nemo Handy measurement software include:

  • Plug and play set-up, without the need for special firmware, when switching from one 5G COTS smartphone to another to initiate a new series of measurements.
  • Extended measurement functionality, cost-effective voice quality testing across different 5G devices and support for up to two devices via Keysight's new Nemo Diagnostics Module.
  • Chipset-agnostic software that supports comparable measurements between devices built on various chipsets from different vendors.
  • Uploading of small-sized log files captured in the field, as well as optional remote management and analysis using Nemo Cloud.

As a handheld drive test tool for performing both outdoor and indoor measurements, Nemo Handy offers real-time measurement visualization of radio frequency (RF), as well as data throughput, latency and signaling.

Keysight's version of Nemo Handy that runs on a rooted smartphone allows users to troubleshoot a live 5G network with an active subscriber base and perform a wide range of measurements, including QoE of social media and over the top (OTT) type of applications such as YouTube.

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About the Author

Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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