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Test & Measurement

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Contents

Contents
1 Introduction............................................................................................ 7
2 Supported Hardware..............................................................................8
2.1

System Overview.......................................................................................................... 8

2.1.1

Main System Components.............................................................................................. 9

2.1.2

System Communication Overview................................................................................ 10

2.1.2.1

Bluetooth Connection....................................................................................................11

2.1.2.2

WiFi Connection............................................................................................................11

2.1.2.3

Ethernet Connection..................................................................................................... 11

2.1.3

Optional System Components...................................................................................... 11

2.2

Safety Instructions......................................................................................................11

2.2.1

General Safety Information........................................................................................... 12

2.2.2

Battery Pack (FR3-BA89WH) Safety Information......................................................... 13

2.2.3

Operating Conditions.................................................................................................... 13

2.2.4

Storage Conditions........................................................................................................14

2.3

Freerider III Hardware................................................................................................. 14

2.3.1

Freerider III Core (FR3-CORE)..................................................................................... 15

2.3.1.1

External Interface.......................................................................................................... 16

2.3.1.2

FR3-CORE Internal Interfaces...................................................................................... 18

2.3.1.3

Device Position Number Assignment............................................................................18

2.3.1.4

Usage............................................................................................................................19
Exchanging the SIM Card of a Phone...........................................................................19
Battery Status Display and Automatic Shutdown..........................................................20
Battery Hot Swap.......................................................................................................... 20
Battery Minimum Charge State to Allow System Power On......................................... 21

2.3.2

Freerider III Backpack (FR3-BP)...................................................................................22

2.3.2.1

Usage............................................................................................................................23

2.3.2.2

CDP Cable Routing.......................................................................................................26

2.3.3

NCM.............................................................................................................................. 27

2.3.3.1

External Interfaces........................................................................................................ 28
NCM Front Panel.......................................................................................................... 28
NCM Back Panel...........................................................................................................29

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2.3.3.2

Usage............................................................................................................................29

2.3.4

Freerider III Battery Pack 89 WH (FR3-BA89WH)........................................................ 32

2.3.4.1

Safety Information......................................................................................................... 32

2.3.4.2

Usage............................................................................................................................32
Recalibration................................................................................................................. 33

2.3.5

TSME............................................................................................................................ 33

2.3.5.1

Installation..................................................................................................................... 33

2.3.6

Freerider III Optional Hardware.....................................................................................36

2.3.6.1

Office Power Supply (FR3-OPS)...................................................................................36


External Interfaces........................................................................................................ 37

2.3.6.2

Vehicle Power Supply (FR3-VPS).................................................................................37


External Interfaces........................................................................................................ 37
Usage............................................................................................................................38
Installation..................................................................................................................... 38

2.3.6.3

FR3-OMBC................................................................................................................... 39
Usage ...........................................................................................................................39

2.3.6.4

External GPS Receivers............................................................................................... 40

2.4

Freerider III Use Case Configurations.......................................................................40

2.4.1

Portable Original Device Antenna Use Case................................................................ 40

2.4.2

External Antenna Use Case..........................................................................................40

2.4.2.1

RF Combiner Specification........................................................................................... 42

2.4.2.2

Specification Paddle Antennas..................................................................................... 42

2.4.3

Ad Hoc Vehicle Use Case.............................................................................................43

2.4.4

Permanent Vehicle Use Case....................................................................................... 43

2.4.4.1

Important Guidelines..................................................................................................... 44

2.5

System Start and Shut Down..................................................................................... 44

2.6

Storage, Maintenance, Repair, and Shipment.......................................................... 45

2.6.1

Storage..........................................................................................................................45

2.6.2

Maintenance..................................................................................................................46

2.6.2.1

Replacing Batteries....................................................................................................... 46
FR3-BA89WH Battery................................................................................................... 46
NCM Battery..................................................................................................................46

2.6.2.2

Cleaning........................................................................................................................ 46

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2.6.2.3

Waterproofing................................................................................................................46

2.6.3

Repair............................................................................................................................46

2.6.3.1

Replacing a Fuse.......................................................................................................... 46

2.6.4

Shipping a Freerider System.........................................................................................47

2.6.5

Shipping the FR3-BA89WH Battery Pack..................................................................... 47

2.6.5.1

Warranty Information.....................................................................................................48

2.7

Troubleshooting..........................................................................................................49

2.7.1

System Does Not Start..................................................................................................49

2.7.2

BMC Error codes...........................................................................................................50

2.8

Technical Specification.............................................................................................. 50

2.8.1

Dimensions and Weights.............................................................................................. 50

2.8.2

Electrical and Conformance Specification.....................................................................50

2.8.3

Conformance.................................................................................................................51

3 Freerider III Operation..........................................................................52


3.1

Creating a Freerider III System.................................................................................. 52

3.2

Device Manager...........................................................................................................57

3.2.1

Configuring the Scanner............................................................................................... 58

3.2.1.1

Exporting and Importing Scanner Configuration Profiles.............................................. 59

3.3

Campaign Management..............................................................................................60

3.3.1

Campaign Modes.......................................................................................................... 61

3.3.2

Job Types......................................................................................................................61

3.3.3

Creating a Campaign.................................................................................................... 62

3.3.3.1

Creating a Single Job....................................................................................................65

3.3.3.2

Creating a Job Sequence..............................................................................................68

3.3.4

Running a Campaign.................................................................................................... 72

3.3.4.1

Stopping a Campaign ...................................................................................................73

3.3.4.2

Removing a Slave From a Running Campaign.............................................................74

3.3.5

Managing Campaigns................................................................................................... 75

3.3.5.1

Exporting and Importing Campaigns.............................................................................77

3.4

Monitoring Measurements on the FR Master........................................................... 78

3.4.1

Adding Text Markers During a Measurement............................................................... 78

3.4.2

FR Master Monitor........................................................................................................ 78

3.4.2.1

Main Menu.................................................................................................................... 80

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Slaves Monitor.............................................................................................................. 80

3.4.3.1

Status Icons and Getting Slave Results........................................................................82

3.5

Monitoring a Measurement on a FR Slave................................................................83

3.6

Monitoring a Measurement on a Scanner.................................................................84

3.6.1

Getting Scanner Results............................................................................................... 88

4 Measurement File Post-Processing................................................... 89


4.1

Measurement File Logging.........................................................................................89

4.2

Replaying Results....................................................................................................... 89

4.3

Transferring the Measurement Files to a PC............................................................90

4.4

Replaying Measurement Files in NetQual NQView.................................................. 91

4.5

Analyzing Measurement Data with NetQual NQDI................................................... 92

4.5.1

Including Scanner and GPS Measurement Data.......................................................... 93

4.5.2

Scanner Measurement Files and GSM Hot Channels.................................................. 95

A Limitations............................................................................................ 97
A.1

Measurement Jobs......................................................................................................97

A.2

Battery Level and Disk Space.................................................................................... 97

Glossary: Abbreviations......................................................................99

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Introduction

1 Introduction
This document describes the QualiPoc Freerider III mode, which you can use to create
a lightweight benchmarking system with an Android tablet and up to 6 Android smartphones and an optional scanner.
For more information about QualiPoc operation, including job types and monitors, see
the Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.

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System Overview

2 Supported Hardware
The following sections describe the hardware components of the QualiPoc Freerider III
system as well as how to install and to configure the system for different usage scenarios. These descriptions assume that you have a working knowledge of telecommunication hardware.

2.1 System Overview


QualiPoc Freerider III is a backpack benchmarking system with an Android tablet (FR
Master), up to 6 smartphones slaves, and an RF scanner with RF connectors for
optional external antennas.
Freerider III has been optimized for indoor and outdoor testing, for example, in buildings, in public transportation, and in pedestrian areas. You can also permanently
mount the Freerider III hardware in a vehicle.

Fig. 2-1: QualiPoc Freerider III

Freerider III has the following features:

Host and power 6 QualiPoc smart phones

Integrated TSME scanner

Forced-air cooling

Backpack designed for the best airflow and carrying comfort

Central button for system power up and shutdown

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4 hot-pluggable smart batteries:


Provide up to 8 hours of power

LCD display with charge status

Real-time monitoring of phone battery charge status including the remaining battery power on the master tablet

USB Charging Downstream Port to power the master tablet

Optional external RF antennas for the phones and scanner

2.1.1 Main System Components

FR3-CORE
FMK
USB / PWR
USB / PWR
FMK

USB

USB / PWR

PWR
NCM

USB
FMK

USB GPS

USB / PWR
LAN
RF

UPC

FMK

TSME

USB / PWR

ON / OFF

FMK

PWR

USB / PWR
BMC
FMK

BatteryPack
BatteryPack
BatteryPack
FR3-BA89WH

PWR
EXT PWR

USB / PWR

Fig. 2-2: Main Freerider III System Components

A Freerider III system consists out of the following hardware components:

FR3-CORE: Freerider III Core Unit that consists of bottom and top cover

FR3-BP: Freerider III backpack for FR3-CORE

NCM: Compact PC that runs software to control the TSME scanner

FR3-BA89WH: Hot-pluggable smart battery


Each battery provides 89Wh

BMC: Battery Management Component manages smart batteries, main power conditioning and distribution, as well as controls airflow

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UPC: Provides USB and power conditioning to devices

Devices: Smartphones that run SwissQual QualiPoc software

FMK: Freerider Mounting Kit is device-specific mounting kit

TSME: Optional Rhode & Schwarz RF scanner

Tablet: QualiPoc master that controls the smartphone slaves

2.1.2 System Communication Overview


Freerider III use the following forms of communication:

Bluetooth:

WiFi:

Ethernet:

Freerider Master Tablet

GPS Mouse

Freerider Slave Smartphones

Fig. 2-3: System communication overview

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2.1.2.1

Bluetooth Connection
The FR Master uses a Bluetooth connection

Configure, control, and monitor FR Slave measurements

Synchronize the time on the FR slaves

Transfer and delete the following files on FR Slaves:


Result files

2.1.2.2

for the following actions:

Campaign configuration

Indoor floorplans

Configure and monitor scanner measurements through the NCM

WiFi Connection
connection to transfer measurement files from the FR
The FR Master uses a WiFi
Slaves and the scanner to the FR Master.

2.1.2.3

Ethernet Connection
The NCM uses an Ethernet connection

to communicate with the scanner.

2.1.3 Optional System Components


You can use the following optional components with Freerider III:

FR3-OPS: Office Power Supply

FR3-VPS: Vehicle Power Supply

FR3-OMBC: Office Multiple Bay Charger for 4 batteries that can also recalibrate
the batteries

RF combiners

RF paddle antennas

BT GPS Receiver
You can use can use an optional Bluetooth GPS receiver with an integrated
battery for autarkic operation. You can store the Bluetooth GPS receiver in an
inside pocket at the top of the backpack.

The FR Master can support up to 7 Bluetooth connections. That is, you can only use a
BT GPS Receiver in a Freerider III system that contains a maximum of 5 smartphones
and 1 scanner or 6 smartphones and no scanner.

2.2 Safety Instructions


This section describes the safety information that you need to consider before you set
up, install, use, or perform maintenance on a Freerider III unit.

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Injury can result if you do not read these safety instructions.


Do not try to install or operate a Freerider III unit before you read the safety information
in this section. Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury, damage to the
equipment, or a voided warranty.

2.2.1 General Safety Information

Always obtain approval from SwissQual before you change and modify Freerider III
components, otherwise you might void the warranty

Using Freerider III in a way other than those described in chapter 2.1, "System
Overview", on page 8 can seriously impact the inherent safety features of the system

Only use the FR3-BA89WH (NH2054HD31) battery packs, chargers, and office
power supplies that SwissQual recommends to avoid damage to the unit and to not
void the warranty

Do not run Freerider III in an outdoor environment without the FR3-BP backpack

To prevent Electrostatic Discharges (ESD), always touch the aluminum main frame
near the fans before you interact with the system, for example, to exchange SIMs,
and so on.

For the best antenna efficiency, do not guide the phone USB cable under the
phone

Always turn off the system and remove all power cables and batteries from the unit
before you change any hardware components

Do not drop the Freerider unit

Do not cover the air inlet at the bottom or the air outlet at the top of the Freerider
unit. For example, do not rest the base of Freerider III on a soft surface that might
restrict airflow

To be rainproof, the 2 zippers of the FR3-BP must touch in the middle of one side
of the FR3-BP

An improperly secured Freerider III system in a vehicle use case can cause
injury.
Ensure that the Freerider III system is securely restrained before your drive.
Before you repair, store, or transport a unit, you need to review chapter 2.6, "Storage,
Maintenance, Repair, and Shipment", on page 45.

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2.2.2 Battery Pack (FR3-BA89WH) Safety Information

Although the FR3-BA89WH conforms to the UN safety tests, you need to handle the
battery pack carefully. Before you use a FR3-BA89WH, read the safety guidelines in
chapter 2.6, "Storage, Maintenance, Repair, and Shipment", on page 45.

Avoid shorting the battery

Do not immerse the battery pack in water

Do not drop the battery pack

Do not disassemble or deform the battery

Do not expose to or dispose the battery in fire.

Never use a battery that appears to be damaged

Only charge the battery in the FR3-CORE or a recommended external charger, for
example, the FR3-OMBC

Never use a modified or damaged charger

In case of a fire use a CO2 extinguisher and not water

Only use the FR3-BA89WH when the temperature is in the -10 C to +50 C range

Battery performance is significantly degraded at low temperatures.


Avoid operating or charging the battery at temperatures below -10 C.

Storage temperature range is -10 C to +50 C range, < 95%RH


For best results store the batteries in the -10 C to +21 C range.

Storage or transportation of a completely discharged FR3-BA89WH can destroy


the internal Li-Ion cells.
Always charge the battery before storage or transportation.

2.2.3 Operating Conditions


Table 2-1: Operating environment conditions
Environment

Description

Operating environment

Indoor, outdoor, and vehicles

Operating Temperature

From -10 to 50C


System start must occur at temperatures that are higher than 0C
Maximum ambient temperature is the same as the maximum operating temperature of the smartphones

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Environment

Description

Operating relative humidity

< 95% rH (non-condensing)

Operating elevation

06500 feet (02000 meters)

2.2.4 Storage Conditions


Table 2-2: Storage environment conditions
Environment

Description

Storage temperature

From -10 to 50C

Storage relative humidity

< 95% rH (non-condensing)

Storage elevation

06500 feet (02000 meters)

Remove the batteries from Freerider III for storage.


Do not expose the batteries to temperatures above +50 C.

2.3 Freerider III Hardware


This section describes the main system hardware components of Freerider III.

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2.3.1 Freerider III Core (FR3-CORE)

Top cover

UPC

NCM
BMC

GPS

TSME

Battery bays
Fig. 2-4: FR3-CORE

The FR3-CORE offers the following functionality:

Hard shell case that hosts and protects the system components

Hinged top cover (unshielded) for easy access to up to 6 QualiPoc devices

4 bays for hot-pluggable smart batteries

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Central button for system power up and shutdown

Battery Management Component (BMC) for power conditioning, distribution, and


airflow control

NCM that runs the controlling software for the TSME scanner and allows hardware
interaction from the master tablet

USB and power conditioning for 6 QualiPoc devices (UPC)

Airflow path for forced-air cooling

USB Charging Downstream port that provides power to the master tablet

Shielded back to reduce EMI radiation to the person carrying the system

Optional setup with combiners for external antennas


Devices need to be permanently modified for external antennas.

Support for an optional TSME RF scanner

Magnetic mounting socket for a USB GPS Mouse

Handle to pull FR3-CORE out of backpack

For sufficient airflow to cool the devices, only operate the system with the top cover
closed.

2.3.1.1

External Interface

Fig. 2-5: External Interfaces at FR3-CORE Bottom

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Latch

Fig. 2-6: External Interface at FR3-CORE Top Cover

PWR: External power input to power or to recharge the system from an office or
vehicle power supply

RF 1 - 4: SMA connectors that are attached to RF combiner and SUM ports


Only present in external RF antenna setup

RF 5: SMA connector for optional use

SPLINT: To be removed for complete top cover removal

LATCH: Press to open the hinged top cover

CDP: USB 2.0 Charging Downstream Port


Provides up to 1.5A for charging and USB signals towards external controlling
tablet.

The tablet must support the USB charging protocol.

Table 2-3: Pin Assignment PWR Connector


Connector
PWR

Figure

Pins

Comment

pin 1; Input; +Vdc


pin 2; Input; GND

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2.3.1.2

FR3-CORE Internal Interfaces

I/O

BAT 4
BAT 3

BAT 2
BAT 1

NCM USB 3.0


Battery
Locking Bar

Fig. 2-7: Internal Interface at FR3-CORE Top Cover

I/O: System main switch with integrated LED ring to indicate system status
1. BATT 1-4: Battery bays for hot-swappable smart batteries
2. NCM USB 3.0: USB 3.0 port of the NCM, for example, to attach a memory stick
3. LOCKING BAR: Secures the batteries in place

2.3.1.3

I/O LED

Status

Off

Core is off.

Steady green

Core is powered (NCM running)

Flashing green

Core is starting up or shutting down

Device Position Number Assignment


figure 2-8 shows the device mounting positions in the FR3-CORE. Connect the USB
cables to the corresponding USB port number shown on the UPC cover.

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Nr. 3

Nr. 4

Nr. 2

Nr. 5

Nr. 1

Nr. 6

Fig. 2-8: FR3-CORE Device Number Assignment

2.3.1.4

Usage

For sufficient airflow to cool the devices, only operate the system with the top cover
closed.

To completely open the cover, disconnect the charger, that is, the FR3-OPS or
FR3-VPS.

Exchanging the SIM Card of a Phone

Turn off the phone before you remove replace the SIM card.
Failure to turn the power can result in a damaged phone.

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To exchange the SIM card of a phone in the FR3-CORE


1. On the FR Master, stop all measurements.
2. Remove the FR3-CORE from the backpack.
3. Put the FR3-CORE on a flat surface, press the latch on the top cover, and open
the unit completely.
4. Disconnect the USB cable from the phone.
5. Remove the plastic locking plate and remove the phone from the mount.
6. Turn the phone off with its power button.
7. Remove the back cover of the phone and exchange the SIM card.
8. Put the phone back in the mount and secure it in place with the plastic locking
plate.
9. Connect the USB cable to the phone.
Note: If the phone does not start automatically, press the ON/OFF button of the
phone.
Battery Status Display and Automatic Shutdown
The Battery Management Component (BMC) communicates with the smart batteries in
the FR3-CORE. The BMC determines the remaining overall capacity and actively
measures the system power consumption to calculate the remaining operation time.
You can view this information on the FR Master. Each battery has a 5 segment LCD
display where each segment represents 20% of the full charge capacity.
The Battery Status Display is active even if you use an external power supply. If the
batteries are not fully charged, then they will be charged according to the capability of
attached charger. the segment blink according the charge status.
The batteries in the FR3-CORE are hot swappable, see "Battery Hot Swap"
on page 20; otherwise, you can connect the unit to an external power source to
recover from a low battery status. If you cannot perform either of these actions, you
need to stop all active measurements on the FR Master.
When the expected remaining operation time drops to 5 minutes, the BMC triggers an
automatic shutdown. If the FR3-CORE components do not shutdown correctly within 4
minutes, the BMC triggers a hard power off.
You cannot stop the automatic shutdown process after the low battery alarm is triggered. After such a shutdown, you need to turn the I/O switch OFF and insert charged
batteries or attach an external power supply before you can restart the system.
Battery Hot Swap
The FR3-CORE has an integrated battery hot-swap functionality. During operation you
can quickly disconnect and connect valid power sources, for example, smart batteries

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or the office power supply without the need for a system shutdown and start cycle. This
hot-swap capability allows you to operate Freerider III continuously.
The BMC must contain at least one smart battery to fulfill the minimum charge condition.
Battery Minimum Charge State to Allow System Power On
To prevent system shutdown immediately after startup, you cannot start the system if
the remaining battery capacity is below a certain threshold, that is, <1000mAh =>
approx. runtime < 20min.
Freerider III ignores the minimum charge state if the system is connected to the mains.

To hot swap a battery


1. Unzip the backpack.
2. Press the latch to open the top cover.
3. Loosen the screw to the right of the battery locking bar and swing open the bar.
4. Check on the FR Master or LCD battery display to see which battery has the lowest
charging state.
5. Pull the battery out by the foil handle.
6. Align the ridge on the top of the battery with the notch at the top of the empty bay
and insert the charged battery into the bay.
7. Guide the battery foil handles through the corresponding openings in the locking
bar.

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Fig. 2-9: Battery latches

8. Close the locking bar and tighten the screw.

2.3.2 Freerider III Backpack (FR3-BP)


The customized FR3-BP is based on advanced and easily adjustable mountaineering
backpack systems. The unique ergonomic harness and weight distribution of the components places loads carefully onto specific points of the harness to ensure comfort
and balance. The backpack also has openings for forced airflow.

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Fig. 2-10: FR3-BP

The FR3-BP offers the following functionality:

2.3.2.1

Ergonomic carrying harness with adjustable straps


For a description on how to adjust the straps, see chapter 2.3.2.1, "Usage",
on page 23.

Two side pockets for additional hot swappable batteries

Additional pocket at the back for vehicle or office power supply

Inside pocket for FR Master tablet

Protective textile cover

Rainproof zippers
To be rainproof, the 2 zippers of the FR3-BP must touch at the middle of one side
of the FR3-BP.

Airflow openings at the bottom and the top of the pack

Usage
The FR3-BP is a specially designed carrying harness that is designed to carry the
weight of the FR3-CORE on your hips and not on your back.

Before you perform the following steps, ensure that you have installed the system
configuration that you intend to use.

To be rainproof, the 2 zippers of the FR3-BP must touch at the middle of one side
of the FR3-BP

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To adjust and position the FR3-BP on your back


Have someone help you to make the initial adjustments and ensure that you follow
these adjustment steps in sequence.
1. Adjust the shoulder straps to maximum length.
2. Align the FR3-BP so that your hips are in the middle of the hip belt, snap the center
buckles together, and then tighten both of the hip belt straps so that the buckle is in
the middle.

3. Pull the shoulder straps until the padding is snug against your shoulders.

Note: Do not tighten the straps completely as this action shifts the load distribution
from your hips to your shoulders.
4. Adjust the position of the buckle at the shoulder pad to the position in the following
image, that is, close to collarbone, and pull the upper positioning straps to bring the
upper part of the FR3-BP close to your back.

5. Snap the buckles of the sternum strap together and tighten until the strap is almost
straight.
6. Move the sternum strap up or down to a comfortable position.

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The sternum strap relieves the shoulder joints of loads, stabilizes the shoulder
straps and prevents the FR3-BP from slipping from the shoulders.
To quickly access the FR3-CORE inside the FR3-BP
This procedure describes how to gain access to the battery, main switch, and the devices in the FR3-CORE.
1. Place the bottom of the FR3-BP on the ground and hold the backpack with one
hand close to the shoulder strap.
2. Pull the zipper all the way around.
3. Pull the textile cover toward the back of the FR3-BP to gain access to the top cover
latch.
4. Press the latch and open the top cover of the core.
Note:
For complete access to the components, place the FR3-BP on a flat surface
and completely swing open the top cover.
For the open backpack configuration, adjust the length of the straps on the side
of backpack so that the FR3-CORE is accessible.

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Fig. 2-11: Open backpack configuration

2.3.2.2

CDP Cable Routing


The bottom of the FR3-CORE has a Charging Downstream Port (CDP) to provide
power to an external device such as the FR Master tablet.
To route the CDP cable to an external device
1. Remove the FR3-CORE from the FR3-BP backpack.
2. Connect the USB 2.0 A-male connector of a USB cable to the CDP port at the bottom of the FR3-CORE.
3. Guide the open end of the USB cable through the slot at the bottom of the backpack.

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4. Slide the FR3-CORE into the backpack.


5. Guide the USB cable towards the hip belt and secure the cable with the 2 Velcro
straps on the hip belt.

6. Connect the other end of the USB cable to the external device that you want to
charge.
7. Secure the unused portion of the USB cable with the 2 Velcro straps on the hip
belt.

2.3.3 NCM
The NCM is a small Intel based PC that runs the software components of the scanner
as well as the SwissQual Diversity Core software that enables the interaction of the FR
Master tablet and the Freerider III hardware, for example, the battery charge status display. The Diversity Core software also enables scanner configuration and monitoring
on the FR Master tablet as well as the transfer of measurement files.
You do not have to configure the NCM.

The NCM offers the following functionality:

CPU/Processor: 4th Generation Intel

SSD/Solid State Drive: 120GB

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2.3.3.1

RAM: 4GB

WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0

Dimensions: 109 x 109 x 40mm

External Interfaces
This section describes the external interfaces on an NCM.
NCM Front Panel

Fig. 2-12: NCM front panel

IN: Power IN connector for power from the BMC

WLAN: For WLAN stub antenna

: For Bluetooth stub antenna

AUX PWR: Not used in Freerider III, do not connect

Mini DP: To connect a display for system configuration


You can use DP and HDMI adapter that is available in product scope

Mini HDMI: To connect a display for system configuration

ETH: Gbit LAN for the optional scanner

2 x USB 3.0: Attached to USB 3.0 panel mount socket (data stick) or for optional
use

I/O: Push button with integrated LED to manually start and shutdown the NCM
For hard power off, hold down the I/O button longer than 6 seconds.

To prevent abnormal system behavior, do not use the I/O button of the NCM to
start and to shut down the Freerider III system.
Use the main switch on the BMC to start and to shut down the system.

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Table 2-4: NCM Status LED


I/O LED

Status

Off

NCM is off.

green

NCM is on

yellow

NCM is in standby, not used in Freerider III

flashing

During NCM BIOS update

NCM Back Panel

Fig. 2-13: NCM back panel

2.3.3.2

Locking Screw: Remove this screw to remove the NCM from the FR3-CORE

2 x USB 3.0: To attach the USB cable from UPC and BMC

Speaker: Not used

IR: Not used

Usage

To manually restart the NCM, push the I/O button on the front panel.

Note: If the NCM does not shut down within 60 seconds, that is, the LED in the
switch remains lit, hold down the I/O button for longer than 6 seconds.

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To remove the NCM from the FR3-CORE


1. Carefully insert a T8 Torx screwdriver through the hole in the bottom ventilation
plate for the NCM and remove the screw from the NCM.

Fig. 2-14: Bottom ventilation plate for the NCM

Fig. 2-15: Bottom ventilation plate for the NCM (Continued)

2. Slide the NCM about 7 mm towards the BMC (1 in figure 2-16) and lift the NCM
vertically (2) of the mount.

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Fig. 2-16: Slide the NMC toward the BMC

To install an NCM in the FR3-CORE


1. Align the NCM over the three standoffs, and lower the unit onto the mount (2 in
figure 2-16) and slide the unit about 7 mm away from the BMC (1).

2. Carefully insert a T8 Torx screwdriver through the hole in the bottom ventilation
plate for the NCM (See figure 2-14figure 2-15) and tighten the screw on the NCM.

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2.3.4 Freerider III Battery Pack 89 WH (FR3-BA89WH)


The main power source for the Freerider 3 portable use case is the FR3-BA89WH LiIon cell based smart battery.

Fig. 2-17: FR3-BA89WH

For the office or vehicle use case, you need to have at least one FR3-BA89WH in your
system.
The FR3-BA89WH has the following features:

2.3.4.1

Nominal output voltage of 14.4 Vdc

Rated energy 89 Wh

Fuel-Gauge electronics to determine State-Of-Charge

Communication interface

Internal 2-stage software and hardware protective circuits against over-heating,


over-voltage, and short-circuits conditions

Foil handle to pull the battery pack out of the BMC battery bay

UN safety test approved

Safety Information
For important safety informaton about the FR3-BA89WH battery pack, see chapter 2.2,
"Safety Instructions", on page 11.

2.3.4.2

Usage
Charge the FR3-BA89WH battery completely before each use. You can charge the
batteries in the external FR3-OMBC, which can charge 4 batteries in parallel or you
can leave the batteries in the BMC while the system is connected to an external power
supply. The system does not need to be on.
The in-system-charging-time and the final charge state depend on the type of external
power supply, the system status, that is, idle or measuring, and the number of batteries. Furthermore, depending on the power supply you can charge the batteries in parallel while the system is running. In case of FR3-VPS this however may stretch the
charge time!

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For a description of the corresponding charging procedure, see chapter 2.3.6.1, "Office
Power Supply (FR3-OPS)", on page 36, chapter 2.3.6.2, "Vehicle Power Supply
(FR3-VPS)", on page 37, and chapter 2.3.6.3, "FR3-OMBC", on page 39.
If the ambient temperature is > 35C, you can place the FR3-CORE in a special charging mode where the cooling fan operation is determined by the ambient temperature.
To place the FR3-CORE in a special charging mode
1. Connect an FR3-OPS and FR3-VPS to a running FR3-CORE.
2. Turn off the system with the I/O button.
3. Ensure that the LED on the I/O button blinks at least once, and then press the I/O
button again.
Note: You can only use the system after the special charging mode has completed. You can then turn the system on with the I/O button.
Recalibration
The batteries can track and estimate the maximum error of the battery charge state.
When the error exceeds the battery internal specification, the battery raises the recalibration flag, which causes the BMC in the FR3-Core to run a recalibration cycle.
During this cycle the BMC forces the system to draw power only from the battery with
the flag to drain the battery. After the battery has completely discharged, the BMC
switches over to the remaining batteries to power the system. That is, you might not
even be aware that the recalibration cycle is running except if you notice that the batteries are charging asynchronously.
If you recharge the battery completely with a normal charge cycle the recalibration
cycle automatically ends. However, if you recharge the battery before it has completely
discharged, the recalibration cycled automatically restarts the next time that you turn
on the system.

2.3.5 TSME
The following section describes how to install the optional TSME scanner. For more
information on the scanner, including operation and maintenance, see the manuals
that came with the scanner.
2.3.5.1

Installation

To install a TSME scanner in an FR3-CORE


1. Disconnect the cables from the NCM.

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2. Remove the 4 nuts and washers from the TSME mounting frame, and then remove
the frame, including the NCM, from the FR3-CORE.

Fig. 2-18: Nuts and washers on TSME mounting frame

3. Remove the rubber protectors from the TSME scanner.


4. Place the TSME on a flat surface and slide the mounting frame over the scanner.
5. Secure the TSME scanner to the frame with the mounting screws.

Fig. 2-19: Mounting screws for TSME scanner

6. Put the mounting frame back into the FR3-CORE, place the washers over the 4
bolts, and then tighten the nuts to secure the frame to the FR3-CORE.
7. Connect the cables.
a) Connect the TSME-PWR-IN cable from the TSME upgrade kit to the TSME DC
IN connector and the other end to the corresponding socket on the BMC.
b) Connect the short LAN cable from the FR3-CORE kit to the TSME LAN socket.
c) Connect the RF IN port of the TSME with the coax cable from the TSME
upgrade kit to the dedicated RF antenna or to a free combiner port in the external antenna setup.
d) If the TSME scanner is also the GPS receiver for the system, connect the GPS
antenna from the TSME kit to the TSME GPS ANT connector, and then attach
the GPS antenna to the magnetic mounting base on the right side of the BMC.

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e) Connect the remaining cables to the NCM front and the TSME scanner as
shown in figure 2-20.

NCM-PWR IN
to BMC

LAN Connect
NCM to TSME

TSME RF-IN
to RF in Antenna
In Top Shell

Optional Active
GPS Antenna
Next to BMC

TSME-PWR IN
to BMC

Fig. 2-20: Front panel connections

f)

Connect the USB cables to the USB ports on the back of the NCM and to the
BMC and the UPC.

USB to
BMC

USB to
UPC

Fig. 2-21: Back panel connections

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2.3.6 Freerider III Optional Hardware


This section describes the optional components that you can use with Freerider III.
2.3.6.1

Office Power Supply (FR3-OPS)


The FR3-OPS requires 3.5 hours for a full charge cycle. You can charge the batteries
while the Freerider III system is in operation without affecting the charge time.
Remove the FR3-CORE from the FR3-BP before you connect the FR3-OPS or FR3VPS.

Fig. 2-22: FR3-OPS Office Power Supply

The FR3-OPS has the following functionality:

AC Input: 100-240 VAC / 50-60Hz

DC Output: 18.0Vdc @ 12A max.

Active cooling with FAN

Power indication LED

Do not use the FR3-OPS with any hardware other than the FR3-CORE.
Failure to do so can cause permanent damage to the FR3-OPS.

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External Interfaces
An FR3-OPS has the following interfaces:

2.3.6.2

Power mains AC input with standard C14 socket

LEMO connector with polarity coding for power out

Green LED to display output power on status

Vehicle Power Supply (FR3-VPS)

Fig. 2-23: FR3-VPS Vehicle Power Supply

The FR3-VPS allows you to power a Freerider 3 system from the cigarette lighter
socket of your vehicle.
A FR3-VPS offers the following functionality:

Power input cable (0.9m) with a cigarette lighter plug

Input voltage: 12 16 Vdc

DC Output: 16 Vdc with a maximum output power of 120 W, cable length 1.8m

Input Fuse: 15A mini auto blade

Output overcurrent protection

External Interfaces
figure 2-24 shows the connectors on the front panel of the FR3-VPS. The cables are
coded to ensure that you connect them correctly.

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Pwr LED

Power OUT

Fuse

Power IN

Fig. 2-24: FR3-VPS front panel

Only replace the fuse with a fuse of the same type and strength.

Usage
Even though the FR3-VPS can deliver enough power to operate the system, FR3CORE requires a minimum of one charged battery in the BMC to operate. This battery
acts as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) during motor cranking.
Due to the power limitations of the cigarette lighter socket, the charging current and
voltage toward the FR3-BA89WH batteries are limited. The achievable recharge time
for 4 x FR3-BA89WHs therefore depends on the overall system load. Assuming a typical system load, you can expect the 4 batteries to be charged to a maximum of 80% to
85% capacity within 6 hours. Due to limited output voltage of 16.0V, the FR3-VPS cannot fully charge the batteries to 100%.
To recharge a FR3-BA89WH to 100%, use the optional Office Multiple Bay
Charger (FR3-OMBC) or the Office Power Supply (FR3-OPS).
The FR3-VPS does not support brown out protection for the vehicle battery. Instead,
you need to turn the engine on when the FR3-VPS is on and detach the FR3-VPS from
the cigarette lighter socket if vehicle is off for a longer period.
Installation
To install the FR3-VPS
1. Ensure that the BMC contains at least one charged battery.
2. Connect the input cable to the cigarette lighter socket of the vehicle.
3. (Optional) To operate the system in the FR3-BP with the FR3-VPS attached:
a) Remove the FR3-CORE from the backpack.

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b) Guide the FR3-VPS output cable through the slot at the bottom of the backpack
and connect the cable to the PWR connector on the FR3-CORE.
c) Put the FR3-CORE into the backpack.
d) Connect the FR3-VPS output cable to the FR3-VPS.
4. Connect the output cable to the PWR connector of the FR3-CORE
2.3.6.3

FR3-OMBC
The Office Multiple Bay Charger can house and charge 4 FR3-BA89WH batteries.

#1

Mains
Power
Socket

#2

#3

#4

4-Bay FR3-OBMC Unit


Fan

Fig. 2-25: FR3-OBMC

The FR3-OMBC offers the following functionality:

AC Input: 110-250 VAC / 50-60Hz

4 charging bays

Parallel recharge of 4 FR3-BA89WH within 5 hours

Battery recalibration functionality

Usage
For usage information, see the FR3-OMBC manual.

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Do not use the FR3-OPS with any hardware other than the FR3-CORE.
Failure to do so can cause permanent damage to the FR3-OPS.

2.3.6.4

External GPS Receivers


In most scenarios you can configure the FR Master as the GPS source for the Freerider III system.
However, you can also use the following external GPS receivers with Freerider III:

Bluetooth GPS Receiver: You can store the receiver in the inside pocket at the top
of the Freerider III backpack.

To recharge a Bluetooth GPS receiver, connect the cable that came with the
receiver to the DCP port of the FR3-CORE.

2.4 Freerider III Use Case Configurations


This section describes the different system configurations that represent the best
tradeoff between number of devices, equipment volume, weight, and measurement
environment.

2.4.1 Portable Original Device Antenna Use Case


This configuration, as seen in figure 2-2, has the lowest weight and is best-suited for
measurement campaigns in pedestrian areas, and public transportation with expected
reasonable coverage.
In this configuration, the devices in the top cover are unmodified and use the original
device internal RF antennas. The 15 cm spacing between the phones offers a reasonable isolation for urban environments with reasonable coverage and multipath propagation. For the optional scanner, you can place a multi-band dipole paddle antenna in
the top cover.

2.4.2 External Antenna Use Case


The external antenna configuration has the lowest risk for receiver blocking issues and
is recommended for measurements in rural areas with poor coverage.
This configuration requires a different top cover than the standard FR3-CORE top
cover as well as different devices that have been modified for use with external antennas.

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Div_1

Main_1

RF comb.
(4:1 ports)

S2

RF comb.
(4:1 ports)

S3

Div_2

Main_2

S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 RF1 (GSM/WCDMA/LTE)


Samsung Galaxy S4GT-i9505 RF2 (Rx Diversity)
50 Ohm SMA termination

RF comb.
(4:1 ports)

S5

RF comb.
(4:1 ports)

S6

S1

TSME

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 RF1 (GSM/WCDMA/LTE)


Samsung Galaxy S4GT-i9505 RF2 (Rx Diversity)
50 Ohm SMA termination

Fig. 2-26: External Antenna Setup

The modified devices in the top cover have RF pigtails, which are attached to up to
four 4-port RF combiners, one of which is connected to the RF port of the scanner. You
can mount 4 dipole paddle external antennas on the outside of the top cover, that is, 2
main vertical antennas on the side and 2 secondary horizontal antennas on the back.
You can also connect external vehicle roof antennas to the RF combiners.
The additional RF components add a maximum of 800 g to the weight of the Portable
Original Device Antennas configuration.
The advantage of the external antenna configuration is a more equal and higher
device-to-device RF isolation. The improved isolation is due to the increased antenna
spacing of 28 cm and an additional minimum isolation of 14 dB is the result of RF
combiner insertion loss. Devices that are connected to the same combiner have a typical minimum isolation of 23 dB.
For MIMO functionality, the main and the diversity antennas of a device require separate external antennas, that is, you need to connect the main and the diversity antennas to different RF combiners.

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2.4.2.1

RF Combiner Specification
The customized 4-Port RF combiner, that is, the ZN4PD-272-1+ from Mini-Circuits, has
the following characteristics:

2.4.2.2

Impedance: 50 Ohm

Frequency range: 698-2700MHz

Average power per port as combiner: 1 Watt max

Peak power per port as combiner: 2 Watt max

Isolation between adjacent input ports (1-2, 3-4): 23 dB Typ

Isolation between opposite input ports (1-3, 2-3, 1-4, 2-4): 28 dB Typ

Insertion loss above 6dB: 1dB Typ.


To be added to the typical signal attenuation of 6dB for a 4 port combiner

Return loss SUM port: 20 dB Typ

Return loss ports 1-4: 20 dB Typ

Operating range: -10C to +55C

Specification Paddle Antennas


The customized 2G/3G/4G multi-band dipole paddle antenna from Panorama Antennas has the following characteristics

Impedance: 50 Ohm

Frequency range: 698-960, 1710-2170, 2396-2700

Peak Gain Isotropic: 2 dBi

Gain Compared to wave: 0 dB

Pattern: Omni-directional

Max Input Power: 25 Watt

Operating range: -30C to +70C

To connect external vehicle antennas to your Freerider system


1. Remove the FR3-CORE from the backpack.
2. Open the top cover of the FR3-CORE.
3. Disconnect the RF cables of the paddle antennas from the RF combiners SUM
port.
4. Connect the RF coax cable from the bottom of the FR3-CORE to the RF combiners
SUM port.
5. Connect the SMA connector of the vehicle roof antennas to the SMAs at the bottom of the FR3-CORE.

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2.4.3 Ad Hoc Vehicle Use Case


You can easily use Freerider III in a vehicle for ad hoc campaigns without the need for
permanent changes to the vehicle. To extend the usability of the system, you can use
the FR3-VPS power supply. For more information, see chapter 2.3.6.2, "Vehicle Power
Supply (FR3-VPS)", on page 37.
For the best cooling performance, place the Freerider III system in the air conditioned
passenger compartment of the vehicle. If possible, keep the system in an upright position for maximum airflow.

An improperly secured Freerider III system can cause injury in the event of an
accident.
Ensure that the system is in a secure place before you drive. The best practice is to
hang the backpack on the back of the front passenger seat, with the shoulder straps
draped over the seat and the sternum strap fastened across the front of the seat. If
possible, you can also use the hip strap to secure Freerider III in place. If you cannot
place the Freerider III in an upright position, put the Freerider III on the floor of the
vehicle with the straps facing down.

Placing the Freerider III system on a cushioned surface can cause overheating.
Ensure that the airflow to the base of the backpack is not blocked.

2.4.4 Permanent Vehicle Use Case


The bottom part of FR3-CORE has 8 mounting holes for M4 screws, which you can
use to mount the FR3-CORE directly to a vehicle chassis or to an equipment plate in a
vehicle. In this case, you do not need the FR3-BP backpack.

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Fig. 2-27: Screw locations

2.4.4.1

Important Guidelines
Follow these guidelines when you permanently install a Freerider III system in a vehicle:

System must be in an air-conditioned location

FR3-CORE must be closed during operation for cooling reasons

Secure the system in a location to prevent harm to the passengers in the event of
an accident

System requires a 1.2 m x 0.3 m so that you can completely open the FR3-CORE

For best measurement results, use an external antenna


For more information, see chapter 2.4.2, "External Antenna Use Case",
on page 40.

2.5 System Start and Shut Down


This section describes how to start and how to shut down a Freerider III system.
To start a Freerider system
1. Turn on the FR Master tablet.
2. Ensure that the BMC has at least one battery with a minimum charge of 20%, that
is, one bar of capacity status.
3. If required, for example in a vehicle or office use case, connect the external power
supply.

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4. Open the top cover of the FR3-CORE until you have access to the main I/O button.
5. Press the I/O button.
The I/O LED blinks green until the minimum power requirement to start the NCM is
reached, and then the TSME, UPC, and the devices power up in sequence. The
status LEDs of the UPC and BMC turn from blue to green and the devices become
visible on the FR Master after a successful start.
To shut down a Freerider III system
1. Stop all the measurements on the FR Master and wait until all of the devices have
stopped and the measurement files have been transferred.
2. Open the core top cover until you get access to the I/O main switch.
3. Press the I/O button on the FR3-CORE to trigger the power off sequence.
The I/O LED blinks green during the shutdown sequence. As soon as the NCM has
shutdown, the BMC turns off the power to the other components. If the NCM shutdown fails, the BMC turns off the power after 4 minutes, regardless of the status of
the connected devices.
4. Turn off the FR Master tablet.
Note: You cannot cancel an ongoing shutdown. You can only turn the Freerider III
system on again when the I/O LED has stopped blinking.

2.6 Storage, Maintenance, Repair, and Shipment


This section describes how to store, maintain, repair, and ship your Freerider III system.

2.6.1 Storage
To store a Freerider III system, disconnect the cables, and remove the batteries.
To maintain the performance of the FR3-BA89WH battery pack, store the battery
pack at a temperature between -10 C and +50 C.

Do not use water in the event of fire


Use a CO2 extinguisher to douse the fire instead.

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2.6.2 Maintenance
This section describes the maintenance tasks that you can perform on your Freerider
system.
2.6.2.1

Replacing Batteries

FR3-BA89WH Battery
The FR3-BA89WH is a lithium-ion cell based battery pack with a lifespan of 2 years or
600 cycles. SwissQual recommends that you replace this battery pack when you
detect a strong decrease in usable capacity. If you need to replace this battery pack,
contact a SwissQual sales representative.
NCM Battery
The NCM contains one lithium battery that has a lifespan of approximately five years. If
your NCM loses data and time settings, contact our support center. You cannot replace
this battery yourself.
You cannot test the charge level of the BIOS battery.
Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.

2.6.2.2

Cleaning
Periodically wipe the textile cover and the system components with a damp cloth:

2.6.2.3

Do not use abrasives or solvents

Do not soak the cloth as stray drops can cause short circuits

Waterproofing
The textile shell of the FR3-BP has a water resistant coating that should last several
years without the need for maintenance. If you detect a performance decrease, use a
normal textile waterproofing spray.

2.6.3 Repair
This section describes the repair tasks that you can perform without voiding your warranty.
2.6.3.1

Replacing a Fuse
Most Freerider III components use self-recovering and none-replaceable fuses. However, some of the components use standard replaceable fuses that you can buy in

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most electronic stores. You can replace such a fuse without the assistance of a
SwissQual employee.
Ensure that the replacement fuse is of the same type and rated for the same current
and voltage as the original fuse.

Module

Fuse

Type

FR3-VPS

Mini Blade Fuse

32V / 15A

2.6.4 Shipping a Freerider System


Remove the FR3-BA89WH battery pack and then carefully pack the Freerider III system before you ship the system.

2.6.5 Shipping the FR3-BA89WH Battery Pack


Since the FR3-BA89WH contains Lithium Ion batteries, always check the applicable
local, national, and international regulations for transporting a Lithium Ion battery
before shipping the FR3-BA89WH.
When you check these regulations, keep the following points in mind:

The Lithium Ion battery in the FR3-BA89WH is not classified as dangerous according to Directive 1999/45/EC and its amendments. Nevertheless, the battery is UN
test certified

You can only ship a maximum of two FR3-BA89WH in one package

For the shipping package, use a stable cardboard box that will prevent the content
from being damaged even at drop from a height of 1.2 m

To prevent short circuits, isolate the batteries from each other in the package

Attach the following warning label for Li-Ion batteries on the package

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Fig. 2-28: Warning label for Li-Ion batteries

A maximum of two FR3-BA89WH batteries are allowed as hand luggage for flights
Please contact your airline for the specific regulations.

A maximum of two FR3-BA89WH are allowed as luggage for passengers flights


Please contact your airline for the specific regulations.

Do not ship a defective FR3-BA89WH by aircraft.


Instead, dispose of the FR3-BA89WH battery pack locally or contact our support
center for waste management.

Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.
2.6.5.1

Warranty Information
SwissQual does not accept liability for damage that occurs due to the improper installation of hardware components in a vehicle. Only a qualified technician, preferably one
that has been trained by SwissQual, should modify the unit.
SwissQual is in no way liable for any damage that results from the mishandling of this
product or by a vehicle accident.

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If you require assistance for installation, reinstallation, configuration, extension, maintenance, or repair of your SwissQual hardware, contact our support center.

Changes to your Freerider III system, which are not expressly approved by
SwissQual, can void the warranty.
If you are uncertain, contact our support center.
Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.

2.7 Troubleshooting
This section describes how to troubleshoot a problem with your Freerider III system.
When you contact our support center about a problem with the unit, ensure that you
have the following information:

Serial numbers of the affected parts

Description of the physical setup of the system, for example, the power source, the
system configuration, and your use case

QualiPoc software versions

Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.

2.7.1 System Does Not Start


The following check list describes what to do when your Freerider III system does not
start when you switch the main I/O to ON:
1. Does the BMC have at least one charged battery (charge status > 20%)?

If yes and the system still does not start, move the battery to another bay, and
then try again.

2. Are all internal power and USB cables properly connected to the BMC, UPC, and
devices?
3. Is the LED on the front of the NCM front green?
4. Check the WLAN and Bluetooth settings on the FR Master.
5. If the problem persists, contact our support center.

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2.7.2 BMC Error codes

BMC LED flashes red: System was turned off and on again by the main I/O switch
before the shutdown was complete, including the NCM and the phones

To clear the error code, turn the I/O main switch off again and start the system after
the shutdown completes.

2.8 Technical Specification


This section provides an overview of the technical specifications for the Freerider III
hardware.

2.8.1 Dimensions and Weights


A Freerider IIIsystem has the following dimensions:

Height: 542 mm

Width: 287 mm

Depth: 140 mm

The final weight highly depends on your system configuration. The table 2-5 contains
the weights for a typical use case.
For help to determine the weight of your Freerider III configuration, contact our support
center.
Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.
Table 2-5: Weight Freerider III
Item

Weight

Fully equipped (6 devices, 4 batteries, TSME)

~ 8.9 kg

Fully equipped + external RF antenna setup

~ 9.7 kg

FR3-BA89WH

0.43 kg

Tablet

~ 0.6 kg

2.8.2 Electrical and Conformance Specification


Table 2-6: Electrical Specification Freerider III
Parameter

Value

Input Voltage

16.0 19.0 V

Input Frequency

DC

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Parameter

Value

Typical Power Consumption

45 W

Max Power Consumption

200 W (10.5A * 19.0V)

(operate and charge system in


parallel)

BMC output is limited above the current (< 8.25A) that one battery can deliver, that is, you need
to run at least 2 batteries in parallel, or 1 battery in conjunction with an FR3-OPS or FR3-VPS.

Typical Autonomy

7.5 h

The typical power consumption and autonomy is highly dependent on your configuration as well as your test scenarios. For help to determine the power consumption of
your configuration, contact our support center.
Please consult the Customer Support Center.pdf document for the best method
to contact us.

2.8.3 Conformance
Table 2-7: Conformance Freerider III
Conformance

Description

CE

A CE statement in accordance to European Directives 2004/108/EC, 2006/95/EC and 72/245/EEC can be


obtained from our support center.

EMC

According to the 2004/108/EC harmonized standard:


EN 61326-1: 2006, electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory
EN 55022: 2006, emission industrial environment
EN61000-6-1: 2005, immunity for industrial environment

Safety

IEC/ EN61010-1: 2010, measurement devices

Automotive

According technical standard for e/E Mark:


Directive 72/245/EEC, including last update 2009/19EC
EN55025: 2006
IEC/EN 11452-1 2005
ISO 7637-2: 2004

Shock

IEC/ EN 60068-2-27, 30G / 6ms

Bumps

IEC/ EN 60068-2-27, 15G / 6ms

Vibration

IEC/ EN 60068-2-64, PSD = 2 m^2/s^3 @ f = 4 - 40 Hz, -6dB/oct @ f > 40Hz

Drop Test

IEC 60068-2-32, Free fall, h = 10 cm


IEC 60068-2-31, Drop and topple, h = 10 cm

Temperature

IEC/ EN 60068-2-1, -1050C

Rain Protection

IPX3, 10l/min, 5 min

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3 Freerider III Operation


The following sections describe how to configure and to operate a QualiPoc Freerider
III benchmarking system.
For information about QualiPoc operation, including job types, see the
Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.

3.1 Creating a Freerider III System


A Freerider III system consists of a QualiPoc Android tablet that is configured as a
Freerider III master (FR Master) and one or more QualiPoc Android smartphones that
are configured as Freerider III slaves (FR Slaves). The FR Master tablet uses a Bluetooth connection to control the slave smartphones.
You cannot use a smartphone as the FR Master.
The FR Master and FR Slaves must use the same QualiPoc software version.
To create a Freerider III system
The following procedure uses a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone as an FR Slave.
For a complete list of the supported smartphones, see the QualiPoc release notes.

1. Prepare the FR Slave smartphones.


a) Start QualiPoc.

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b) Press Menu
Handheld".

and tap "Settings > Unit Configuration > Operation Mode >

Fig. 3-1: QualiPoc Handheld mode

c) Exit QualiPoc.
Note: You need to repeat these steps on each FR Slave.
2. Prepare the FR Master tablet.
a) Start QualiPoc.

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b) Press Menu
and tap "Settings > Unit Configuration > Operation Mode >
Freerider Master".

Fig. 3-2: FR Master monitor on the tablet

c) At the bottom of the "FR Master" monitor, tap "Make discoverable".


Note: The tablet remains visible for 5 minutes.
The Bluetooth connection uses the unit name that you configured for the tablet in
QualiPoc. You only need to perform these steps for the Bluetooth connection as
QualiPoc automatically configures the WiFi connection.
3. Pair the FR Slaves with the FR Master.
a) If QualiPoc is running, exit QualiPoc.
b) Access the Bluetooth settings on the phone, that is, press Menu
"Settings > Connections > Bluetooth".
c) Ensure that Bluetooth connectivity is enabled.
If the slider is green, Bluetooth is on.

and tap

Fig. 3-3: Bluetooth enabled

d) Tap "Bluetooth" and select the FR Master in the list of Bluetooth devices.
If you do not see the FR Master in the list, tap "Scan". If the tablet does not
appear, tap "Make discoverable" at the bottom of the "FR Master" monitor on
the tablet. You only need to perform these steps for the Bluetooth connection
as QualiPoc automatically configures the WiFi connection.

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e) In the "Bluetooth pairing request" dialog box, tap "OK".


f) Repeat these steps on each slave.
4. Configure the smartphones as Freerider slaves.
You need to repeat these steps on each smartphone that you want to use as a
slave.
a) Start QualiPoc, press Menu
, and tap "Settings > Unit Configuration > Operation Mode > Freerider Slave".

Fig. 3-4: QualiPoc Freerider Slave mode

b) Tap "Select device ID", type the new ID, and then tap "OK".
NQView uses this ID in "Replay" mode to distinguish between the different
slave devices of a Freerider system when you load the Freerider measurement
files.

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c) Change to the "FR Slave" tab and wait until the "New state CONNECTED"
message appears.

Fig. 3-5: Connected message on FR Slave tab

Note: QualiPoc automatically starts each time that you turn on a slave phone.
Tip: You can quickly determine the location a slave from the FR Master.
When you select a slave in the "Slaves" monitor, QualiPoc performs the following
actions:

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Fig. 3-6: Slave number

3.2 Device Manager


The Device Manager is for configuring the scanner as well as to check the status of the
scanner and the NCM.

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Fig. 3-7: Device Manager NCM


1
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4
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NCM and scanner connection status


NCM configuration details and battery levels
Overflow menu to stop a scanner measurement
Get scanner measurement files from the NCM
Select another paired NCM
Performs initial Bluetooth pairing between FR Master and NCM
Displays NCM and scanner logs
Filter logs by level or specific keyword
Pause or clear logs

3.2.1 Configuring the Scanner


This section describes how to configure the scanner with the Device Manager.
To create a new scan
1. On the FR Master, press Menu

and tap "Device manager".

2. In the "Devices" list, click the scanner , for example, "Scanner RuS (TSME)".

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4

6
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Fig. 3-8: Scanner configuration


1
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5
6
7
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Scanner status
Press and hold to move, cut, copy, delete, or paste a scan
Add scan to selected configuration
Displays list of available scanner configurations
Creates new scanner configuration
Delete or duplicate scanner configurations
Updates scanner configuration
Configuration options for the scan

3. Click "Add scan" at the bottom of the screen and specify the scan settings.
Note: Repeat this step for each scan that you want to add.
4. Click "Apply scanner configuration".
5. If you want to save a scanner measurement files, press Menu
, tap "Campaigns", and then select the "Start Scanner Measurement" check box.
Note: If you select this option, QualiPoc validates the parameters that the scanner
measurement does not support before starting the measurement, that is, "Scheduling" and "Cycles".
3.2.1.1

Exporting and Importing Scanner Configuration Profiles


You can export your scanner configuration profiles for use on other FR Masters.
To export a scanner configuration profile, press Menu
, tap "Import/Export Configuration" > "Export Configuration" > "Scanner configuration profiles", and tap the
configuration profiles that you want to export.

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Fig. 3-9: Scanner configuration profile export settings

To import a scanner configuration profiles, press Menu


, tap "Import/Export Configuration" > "Import Configuration", and locate the scanner configuration profile
file.

3.3 Campaign Management


Before you can run a measurement on FR Slaves Freerider III, you need to create a
measurement campaign on the FR Master.

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3.3.1 Campaign Modes

Fig. 3-10: Advanced Campaign mode

Freerider III has the following campaign modes:

"Simple": QualiPoc automatically sets "Single job" or "Job sequence" according to


the selected test
In "Simple" mode, you cannot specify scheduling or add or remove FR Slaves from
a running campaign.

"Advanced": Allows you to specify scheduling options, add or remove FR Slaves


If you select the "Start Scanner Measurement" check box, QualiPoc validates the
"Scheduling" and "Cycles" parameters before starting the measurement.

3.3.2 Job Types


You can run the following types of jobs on each slave during a campaign:

"Single Job": Sequence of single data and single call tests in which a new session
starts for each test sequence cycle
A single job only generates one measurement file for each campaign and applies
the same forcing, access point, and capture options to all of the tests in the job.
You cannot configure a "Speech Double Ended" as a single job.

"Job Sequence": Sequence of jobs with configurable tests

A job sequence creates a measurement file for each job execution cycle in the
sequence. You can also individually configure the forcing, access point, and capture options for each job in the sequence. You can use a job sequence to configure
a Speech Double Ended job; however, you cannot include other jobs in the
sequence.

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For a description of the types of jobs that you can configure, see the
Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.
For a description of the Freerider III limitations, see chapter A, "Limitations",
on page 97 and the Release Notes QualiPoc Android.pdf document.

3.3.3 Creating a Campaign


This following procedure describes how to create a blank campaign while the following
sections describe how to add single jobs and a job sequence to the campaign.
QualiPoc automatically saves changes while you configure a campaign.

To create a campaign
1. Create a campaign.

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a) On the FR Master, press Menu

and tap "Campaigns"

Fig. 3-11: Campaigns

The first time you tap the "Campaigns" command, QualiPoc displays an option
to view the online help for campaigns. If you select "Do not show again", you
can still access the help files on the overflow menu at the top of the screen.

Fig. 3-12: Help menu for campaigns

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b) Swipe from the left or tap the sliding drawer icon


to open the "All campaign
folders" drawer, tap the overflow menu in the "All campaign folders" area, and
tap "Create campaign".

Fig. 3-13: Create campaign

c) In the "Create campaign" box, enter a name for the campaign, and then tap
"OK".

Fig. 3-14: Blank campaign

Tip:
Use folders to organize your campaigns.

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2. Assign the FR Slaves to the campaign.

To assign an individual slave, tap "[Not assigned]" at the top of a column, and
then tap a slave in the list.
Assigned slaves in the list are light grey.
To automatically add FR Slaves to all of the columns, tap the overflow menu
at the top of the screen, and tap an option, for example, "Auto-assign connected slaves".
When you create a new campaign, "Auto-assign connected slaves" is the
default assignment option.

Fig. 3-15: Auto-assign slaves

3. Create a "Single Job" or "Job Sequence".


3.3.3.1

Creating a Single Job


For the description of a single job, see chapter 3.3, "Campaign Management",
on page 60. This section assumes you have performed the steps in chapter 3.3.3,
"Creating a Campaign", on page 62.
For a description of the types of jobs that you can configure, see the
Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.
To run a single job on a single FR Slave, create a campaign with only one job and one
assigned FR Slave.

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To create a single job


1. Start the job creation.

In basic mode, tap the overflow menu for the FR Slave and tap "Create Job".

Fig. 3-16: Create job in basic mode

In "Advanced mode", tap the overflow menu at the top of a FR Slave and tap
"Single Job".

Fig. 3-17: Single job in Advanced mode

2. In the "Select job type" list, tap a category, for example, "Single Call Tests", and
then tap a job, for example, "Call to any Number".

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Fig. 3-18: Select job type

3. Enter the relevant information, for example, a "Phone number", and then use the
toolbar icons to specify the settings for the test.

Fig. 3-19: Toolbar icons


Grey icon = Not set
Green icon = Set
Red icon = Set but not valid, for example, when you copy a test from one FR Slave to another FR
Slave hat the used Access point is not valid or the set forcing is not supported by that
device
Table 3-1: Description of the toolbar icons
Toolbar Icon

Setting Category
Forcing settings

Access point settings

Packet capture settings

Note: Mandatory parameters are highlighted in red.

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Fig. 3-20: Mandatory parameter

4. Create the scanner measurement tasks.


Note: For a description on how to configure the scanner, see chapter 3.2.1, "Configuring the Scanner", on page 58.
3.3.3.2

Creating a Job Sequence


For the description of a job sequence, see chapter 3.3, "Campaign Management",
on page 60. This section assumes you have performed the steps in chapter 3.3.3,
"Creating a Campaign", on page 62.
For a description of the types of jobs that you can configure, see the
Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.
To create a job sequence
1. Tap the overflow menu at the top left of the tablet and tap "Advanced mode".

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Fig. 3-21: Advanced mode

2. On the toolbar at the top of a FR Slave, tap "Job sequence".

Fig. 3-22: Job sequence

3. Add a job to the sequence.

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a) Tap the overflow menu at the top of a device column and tap "Create job".

Fig. 3-23: Create job

b) In the "Select test type" list, tap a test category, for example, "Single Data
Tests", and then tap a test, for example, "YouTube No Reference".

Fig. 3-24: Select job type

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c) Enter the relevant information, for example, a "YouTube ID", and then use the
icons beside the job in the list to specify the remaining settings for the test.

Fig. 3-25: Configure a job in a job sequence

d) Repeat these steps for each job that you want to add to the sequence.
Note: See table 3-1 for a description of the icons.
Mandatory parameters are highlighted in red, for example "YouTube ID" in figure 3-25.
The "Duration" or "Cycles" value for each job in the sequence must be greater than
0, for example, a job with a "Duration" of 0 seconds and 1 "Cycles".

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Fig. 3-26: Duration and Cycles

3.3.4 Running a Campaign


Depending on the number of FR Slaves that a campaign uses, for example, one campaign uses 2 slaves and another campaign uses 4 slaves, you can run more than one
campaign simultaneously.
When you run more that one campaign simultaneously, you can only enable scanner
recording in one campaign.
When you start a job, the FR Master synchronizes the time on the slaves.
To run a campaign
1. On the FR Master, press Menu

and tap "Campaigns"

2. Swipe from the left to open the "All campaign folders" drawer.
3. Tap a campaign in the list and tap "Start Campaign" at the top of the screen.

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Fig. 3-27: Start Campaign

Tip: To add a FR Slave to a running campaign, tap the overflow menu of the FR
Slave, and tap "Join campaign".

Fig. 3-28: Join campaign

3.3.4.1

Stopping a Campaign
When you stop a campaign, the measurement jobs stop on all of the FR Slaves. If you
want to stop a job on a single FR Slave, see chapter 3.3.4.2, "Removing a Slave From
a Running Campaign", on page 74.
To stop a campaign, tap "Stop Campaign" at the top of the screen.

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3.3.4.2

Removing a Slave From a Running Campaign

To remove a slave from a running campaign:

On the "Campaign" screen, tap the overflow menu of the FR Slave, and tap
"Leave Campaign".

Fig. 3-29: Leave campaign

On the "Slaves" tab , touch and hold the Q icon of the FR Slave, and then tap
"Stop job".

Fig. 3-30: Stop the job on a FR Slave

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3.3.5 Managing Campaigns


To restore the campaign configuration to the configuration that existed when you
started QualiPoc, tap the overflow menu at the top of the screen, and tap "Revert
campaign".

Fig. 3-31: Reset campaign

Tip: To restore a campaign that you accidentally deleted, create a new blank campaign with the same name and in the same folder, and then use the "Revert campaign" command.
To edit a job sequence or a test in a single job, for example, to delete a job, touch
and hold the item in the list, tap a command at the top of the screen, and then tap
"Done".
Note:
You can choose from the following editing options:

Basic Editing: "Delete", "Cut", "Copy", "Paste Above", and "Paste Below"
"Save Job/Test"
"Set as Default": Uses the settings of the current job or test, including the
parameters that you enter, as the default configuration for that job or test type.

Tip:
To add a second item to your selection, tap the item.
To rearrange the jobs in a column, tap "Rearrange Jobs", drag the job up or
down in the list with the handle icon , and then tap "Done".

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1. To edit test or job settings

Touch the arrow (>) in front of the job or test in the list.

Fig. 3-32: Job details

Tap the item and tap the overflow menu at the top of a column.

Fig. 3-33: Managing jobs and job sequences

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2. To delete all the items in a list, tap the overflow menu at the top of a column, and
tap "Delete all".
3.3.5.1

Exporting and Importing Campaigns


You can export campaign configuration for use on other FR Masters.
To export a campaign, press Menu
, tap "Import/Export Configuration" > "Export
Configuration" > "Campaigns", and tap the campaigns that you want to export.

Fig. 3-34: Export settings

To import a campaign, press Menu


, tap "Import/Export Configuration" > "Import
Configuration", and locate the campaign configuration file.

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3.4 Monitoring Measurements on the FR Master


This section describes how to use the "FR Master" monitor and the "Slaves" monitor on
the FR Master tablet to keep track of the slave phones. For a description of the remaining QualiPoc monitors, see the Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.

3.4.1 Adding Text Markers During a Measurement


You can add custom text markers to the measurement file during a measurement job.
To add a text marker during a measurement
1. On any tab, press Menu

and tap "Settings" > "Add text marker".

Fig. 3-35: Add a text marker

2. Tap a marker in the list.

3.4.2 FR Master Monitor


The "FR Master" monitor displays the following information:

Status

Name

Connected FR Slaves

Bluetooth status

Last application start

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Position information (GPS status and type, last position update, satellites in use,
speed)

Battery level

Contents of the master log file, which is in the /QualiPoc/Freerider/Log


folder

The "FR Master" monitor also contains the following commands:

"Make discoverable:" Makes the tablet visible to other Bluetooth devices for 5
minutes. This command is required when you need to pair a new slave with the FR
Master.

"Abort Transfer:" Stops the current WiFi and Bluetooth transfer of measurement
files from the FR Slaves

Indoor floor plan are transferred through a Bluetooth connection in background and
cannot be stopped with the "Abort Transfer" command.

Fig. 3-36: FR Master monitor on the tablet

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3.4.2.1

Main Menu
Table 3-2: Description of the items on the main menu on the FR Master
Menu Item

Description

"Campaigns"

For a description on how to configure a QualiPoc measurement job, see the


Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document. The job configuration and
job commands are sent from the FR Master to the FR Slaves through a Bluetooth connection.
For more information, see chapter 3.3, "Campaign Management",
on page 60

"Device Manager"

Monitor NCM as well as configure and monitor scanner

"Stop All"

Stops all of the measurement jobs on the slaves.

"Get results"

FR Master retrieves the measurement files from the FR Slaves through a


WiFi or Bluetooth connection.
The scanner measurement files are retrieved from the NCM through a WiFi
connection.
You can select the FR Slaves that you want to retrieve the files from.
For a faster rate, transfer the data individually from each FR Slave through a
USB connection.
After the data is on the master, QualiPoc deletes the measurement files on
the measurement devices.

"Results"

Manages the measurement files from the FR Slaves, that is, "Send via",
"Compress", "Delete", and "Replay".
You can only replay one measurement file at a time, that is, you cannot
replay measurement files from the different FR Slaves simultaneously.

"Settings"

Access the FR Master settings with the following exceptions:

Group forcing is not available


To use forcing in a measurement, you need to manually configure the
forcing setting on each FR Slave.

Group logging is not available; however, you can manually set individual
logging options on each FR Slave, for example, ROMES or RAW QC
Trace.

"About"

Displays the QualiPoc software version, the Android OS version, the type of
device, the firmware version, and the available SwissQual license.

"Exit"

Exits QualiPoc. You can also double tap the return

icon.

3.4.3 Slaves Monitor


The "Slaves" monitor displays a list of the FR Slaves that are currently connected to
the master along with the following information of each FR Slave:

Status

Name

Battery level

Operator

Technology

Cell Id

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Used channel (BCCH, UARFCN or DL EARFCN)

Coverage level (RxLev, AS1 RSCP or RSRP)

Fig. 3-37: Slaves tab

To switch between the test list view and the KPI chart view, tap the test information.

When you select a slave in the "Slaves" monitor, QualiPoc performs the following
actions:

Vibrates the actual FR Slave

Displays the FR Slave number over the current monitor on the FR Slave

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Fig. 3-38: Slave number

3.4.3.1

Status Icons and Getting Slave Results


On the "Slaves" tab, the status of the connected FR Slaves is indicated by the icons in
the first column.
Table 3-3: Slave status icons
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Description

IDLE

FR Slave is idle and connected to the master through Bluetooth

SCHEDULED OR TRANSFER

A job has been scheduled or a result files transfer is occurring.

RECORDING

Job is running on the FR Slave.

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Status

Description

DISCONNECTED

QualiPoc application is not running on the slaves or there


is no Bluetooth connection between the FR Master and the
FR Slave.

SELECTED FR SLAVE

FR Slave that provides the current contents of the tabs on


the FR Master tablet with the exception of the "FR Master",
"Notification", and "Slaves" tabs. Although the waypoint on
the "Indoor" monitor is for all of the FR Slaves, the other
values on the monitor are from the selected FR Slave. Similarly, the GPS position on the "Map" monitor is from the
master tablet or the external GPS, while the other values
are from the selected FR Slave.
In "Freerider Slave" mode, real-time decoding is disabled
on the "IP" tab.

The following options are available when you touch and hold the status icon of a FR
Slave:

"Move up/down": Moves the FR Slave up or down in the list

"Get results (Wi-Fi)": Retrieves the measurement files from the selected FR Slave,
but only if the slave is in an IDLE state

"Get results (Bluetooth)": Retrieves the measurement files from the selected FR
Slave, but only if the FR Slave is in an IDLE state

"Delete results on slave": Deletes measurement files on the selected FR Slave, but
only if the FR Slave is in an IDLE state

"Forget": Removes the selected FR Slave from the list, but only if the FR Slave is in
a DISCONNECTED state

"Restart device": Restarts the FR Slave if the device is in Idle status and a Bluetooth connection is available.

"Power off device": Powers off the FR Slave if the device is in Idle status and a
Bluetooth connection is available.

3.5 Monitoring a Measurement on a FR Slave


When you turn on a FR Slave, the phone automatically starts QualiPoc in "Freerider
Slave" mode and establishes a Bluetooth connection with the FR Master tablet. If the
tablet is unavailable, QualiPoc attempts the connection again at ten second intervals.
If the Bluetooth connection to the master is lost during a measurement job, QualiPoc
starts a delayed job procedure during which the slave attempts to reconnect to the FR
Master. If the reconnection fails within 60 seconds, QualiPoc aborts the job on the FR
Slave.
The "FR Slave" monitor on the phone displays the following information:

Status of the FR Slave

Name of the FR Slave

Next schedule

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Number of scheduled tasks

Last application start time

Last test

Contents of the slave log file, which is in the /QualiPoc/Freerider/Log folder

Fig. 3-39: Slave monitor on FR Slave

3.6 Monitoring a Measurement on a Scanner


You can monitor scanner measurements in realtime on the "Scanner" tab. You can set
filters, for example, bands and channels, to customize the data that you view.
QualiPoc only creates a measurement file for the scanner data if you select the "Start
Scanner Measurement" check box in the "Device Manager" before the measurement.
However, QualiPoc always displays real-time measurement data on the "Scanner" tab.

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Fig. 3-40: Scanner tab

figure 3-41 and figure 3-42 describe the features of the "Scanner" tab.
QualiPoc displays the channels that you select in figure 3-41 in the selection order
from left to right. In line charts, each channel (up to 6) has a different color.

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Scanner ready

Specify number of columns to display


(max and default values are 20)
Number in brackets is the total
amount of scanned channels
All data are stored in the measurement file

Scanner not ready


Scanner recording
Replay

Switch between Line


and Bar charts

Select scan type


to monitor

Filter the selected


scan type by
Channel and Band

Scanned channels information

Fig. 3-41: Scanner monitor details part 1

To display a channel even in the absence of data, press and hold the channel.
The channel turns light grey.
In bar charts, the colours have the following meanings:

Pink: Last value lower than previous

Green: Last value higher than previous

White: Last value equal to previous

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Selected channels

Minimum,
Maximum, and
Average values

Last value:
higher or lower
than previous

Fig. 3-42: Scanner monitor details part 2

The overflow menu for the "Scanner" monitor has the following commands:

"Select rows": Specify the parameters to display in the lower part of the monitor for
each scanned channel
Each technology has different parameters.

"Change timeout": In bar chart mode, the channels are persistent until new values
arrive from the scanner
You can adjust the "Persistency timeout". The default value is 5 seconds.
In line chart mode, QualiPoc does not save the history when you switch between
scan type.

"Clear selection": Clears the current selection.

"Reset min/max/avg": Resets the minimum, maximum, and average values

Fig. 3-43: Scanner monitor overflow menu

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3.6.1 Getting Scanner Results


Freerider III stores the scanner measurement files in the following location on the
NCM: C:\ProgramData\Swissqual\Diversity\Results.
QualiPoc only creates the measurement files if you select the "Start Scanner Measurement" check box before you start the measurement.
To retrieve scanner measurement files
1. On the FR Master, tap the overflow menu and tap "Get results".

2. Tap "Get NCM results (Wi-Fi)".

Fig. 3-44: Get NCM results

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Measurement File Logging

4 Measurement File Post-Processing


QualiPoc creates and stores Measurement Files (MF) on the smartphone.

4.1 Measurement File Logging


QualiPoc creates an MF when a job or idle recording starts and then stores the file on
the SD CARD in the [sdcard/QualiPoc/Results] folder.

Fig. 4-1: Measurement files

4.2 Replaying Results


You cannot replay an *.sqz file.
You can only replay measurement files on the FR Master. Before you can replay a file,
you need to run the "Get slave results (Wi-Fi)", "Get slave results (Bluetooth)", or "Get
NCM results (Wi-Fi)" command on the main menu of the FR Master (figure 3-44). The
scanner measurement files do not contain GPS data.
To replay results in QualiPoc
1. Press Menu

and tap "Results".

2. In the list, tap the Play icon beside the file that you want to replay.
Tip: You can also tap the file in the list and then tap "Replay" on the "Measurement
details" screen

Fig. 4-2: Replay controls

You can use the replay controls at the bottom of the screen to perform the following
actions:

Return to previous session

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Advance to next session

Pause and resume the playback

Step through or fast forward through the replay

Select the session to replay

Fig. 4-3: Select session

While the phone is in this mode, "Replay" appears in a blue bar at the top of the
screen.

Fig. 4-4: QualiPoc title bar in Replay mode

To return to live mode, press Menu

and tap "Live".

4.3 Transferring the Measurement Files to a PC


You need to connect your phone to your PC as a storage device with a USB cable to
transfer the measurement files. The procedure might vary according to the model of
the phone. For more information, see the user guide for your phone.

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4.4 Replaying Measurement Files in NetQual NQView


You can use NetQual NQView to replay multiple measurement files. During the playback, you can open monitors for different quality parameters to observe the progress of
a test and search for points of interest in the monitors such as dropped calls, signaling
messages, and so on. You can also search for measurement files that contain specific
parameters such as technology, operator, KPI thresholds, and RF channel numbers.
NQView also allows you to export certain data in CSV, Google Earth, and MapInfo format. For more information, see the Manual NQView.pdf document.
When you load multiple measurement files, NQView uses the device ID to distinguish
between the devices. NQView automatically assigns unique device IDs when you configure a system, for example, a Benchmarker II system. For QualiPoc Handheld and
QualiPoc Freerider devices, you need to manually assign device IDs on the phones.
For more information, see the Manual - QualiPoc Android.pdf document.

Fig. 4-5: NQView window

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4.5 Analyzing Measurement Data with NetQual NQDI


NetQual NQDI is designed to help you to perform an in-depth analysis of your measurement data, for example, a detailed analysis of mobile network services and protocols. NQDI can quickly analyze CS and PS calls to help you to determine the main factors for network. NQDI mapping support includes more than 500 pre-defined map plot
items in a powerful and fully configurable plot engine that supports MapInfo and Google Earth. This engine also supports configurable binning on grid or latitude-longitude
precision. NQDI can generate reports in Excel format based on the measurement data.
These reports can contain success rate and average pivot tables with PDF, CDF, and
Pie charts. NQDI also has a trending sort function that can group data into time frames
from one hour up to a year. In addition to the default extended set of NQDI reports, you
can customize your own KPI report with the KPI report generator. For more information
about NetQual NQDI please see Manual NQDI.pdf.
If you want to include scanner data in the QualiPoc Freerider III measurement files,
you need to SwissQual "MF file data copier" tool before you import the files. See chapter 4.5.1, "Including Scanner and GPS Measurement Data", on page 93 for more
information.

Fig. 4-6: NQDI window

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4.5.1 Including Scanner and GPS Measurement Data


If you want to include scanner measurement data in Freerider III FR Slave measurement files or GPS position information in scanner measurement files, you need to use
the SwissQual "MF Unifier" tool.
You can use the "MF Unifier" tool for the following actions:

Add scanner measurement data to FR Slave measurement files

Add GPS data to scanner measurement files

The MF Unifier tool creates a new file with the merged data and renames the old measurement file to filename.orig.
To add scanner measurement data to FR Slave measurement files
1. Double-click MFUnifier.exe in the Tools folder in the Diversity installation
folder.

Fig. 4-7: MF File Data Copier

2. Click "Copy Scanner data".

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Fig. 4-8: Scanner measurement files

3. Click "Select source file" and locate the scanner measurement file.
4. Click "Add target file(s)" and locate the FR Slave measurement file(s).
5. In the "Messages to copy from source to destination file" area, select "Scanner
messages (device independent only)".
6. Select "Remove already present data in target file" if you want to replace existing
scanner data in the target file.
7. If you want to optimize the NQDI import performance, select "Create indexes on
SQL tables in target file".
8. Click "Start copy messages".
To add GPS data to a scanner measurement file
1. Double-click MFUnifier.exe in the Tools folder in the Diversity installation
folder.
2. Click "Copy GPS data to Scanner only file" (see figure 4-7).

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Fig. 4-9: Select measurement files

3. Click "Select source file" and locate the FR Slave measurement file.
4. Click "Select target file" and locate the scanner measurement file.
5. In the "Messages to copy from source to destination file" area, select "GPS messages".
6. Select "Remove already present data in target file" if you want to replace existing
GPS data in the target file.
7. If you want to optimize the NQDI import performance, select "Create indexes on
SQL tables in target file".
8. Click "Start copy messages".

4.5.2 Scanner Measurement Files and GSM Hot Channels


If you want to access GSM hot channel information, you need to adjust the NQDI
import settings.
To access GSM hot channel information in NQDI
1. On the "Configuration" menu, click "Import Settings".
2. On the "General" tab, click the "Scanner data decoding" tab.

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Fig. 4-10: Recalculating scanner data

3. In the "Scanner redecoding" area, select "Recalculate scanner decoding based on


NQDI channel assignment", and then click "Close".
4. On the "Configuration" menu, point to "GSM Configuration", and then click "Channel Assignment".
5. In the "Operator Channel Assignment" dialog box, create or load a list of the relevant operator channel assignments, and then click "OK".
6. On the "Import" tab of the "Data Management" tab, import the measurement file(s).

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Limitations
Measurement Jobs

A Limitations
The following sections describes the main limitations for Freerider III. For a complete
description of the limitation, see the QualiPoc release notes.

A.1 Measurement Jobs


Freerider III measurement jobs have the following limitations:

Servers for the IPERF tests require different port numbers for simultaneous connections

Multiple or intensive POP3 access during Email receive tests can result in the
email account being blocked by the email provider

CDMA scanner measurements are not supported

Freerider III only supports the internal GPS receiver of the FR Master tablet.

A.2 Battery Level and Disk Space


The following conditions prevent a measurement job from starting on the phone:

Battery level: Configurable threshold value

< 150 MB of free space on SD card

The following conditions cause a running job to stop:

Battery level: Default value is 5%

< 100 MB of free space on SD card

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Battery Level and Disk Space

If the phone is connected to the charger with a USB cable, the battery might not charge
fast enough to compensate for the power consumption of tests that use HS and LTE
technologies. In such a scenario, the phone can suddenly turn off when the battery
level drops below 5% despite being connected to a charger.
You can view the battey level and free space warnings on the "Log" tab.

Fig. 1-1: Low battery level and low storage warnings on the Log tab

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Glossary: Abbreviations
B
BMC: Battery Management Component

C
CDP: Charging Downstream Port

E
ESD: Electrostatic Discharge

F
FMK: Freerider Mounting Kit
FR3-BP: FreeRider III Backpack
FR3-CORE: FreeRider III Core Unit

G
GPS: Global Positioning System

I
IATA: International Air Transportation

O
OMBC: Office Multiple Bay Charger
OPS: Office Power Supply

U
UPS: Uninterruptable Power Supply

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