CIT's Technology Rentals & Services Allies with Tektronix to Satisfy Immediate Transmitter Measurement Needs

9/6/2002 - Tektronix, the recognized leader in video test, measurement, and monitoring, announced that Technology Rentals and Services (TRS), a unit of CIT Group, has added additional Tektronix video test equipment to its inventory in order to ease the transition to digital for companies caught in tough economic times.

TRS recently purchased Tektronix RFA300A 8VSB measurement sets and AD954 MPEG-2 portable analyzers to include in their already extensive line of television test equipment. The RFA300A provides complete measurement functionality to enable the installation, operation, and maintenance of 8VSB transmitters. The AD954 is used during the installation and commissioning of transmission systems by providing real-time analysis of MPEG-2 systems. Together the two add up to an efficient DTV transmission test system.

"Every television transmitter in the US is currently required to convert to digital technology. But putting up a new transmitter is a complex and therefore costly job. Outsourcing is an important strategy for a company that's trying to manage equipment assets effectively during uncertain economic times," said Robert Tate, Sr. Vice President Asset Management for TRS. "Renting or leasing equipment is a smart way to gain all the immediate benefits of ownership at a fraction of the price. TRS is helping broadcasters make a cost-effective decision while providing top-of-the-line equipment to facilitate the change. We're proud to have partnered with Tektronix for the past 15 years to help ease the transition to digital video technology."

"Test and measurement equipment is a vital part of any broadcast transmission system," said Todd Biddle, General Manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "However, legacy analog test equipment just won't fulfill today's digital technology test requirements. Digital test equipment is required to ensure the quality of DTV signals. With more than 55 years in the video test and measurement industry, Tektronix has the experience, supported by world-class service and support, to provide innovative solutions to today's digital needs."

About the Equipment
Using a measurement set that can provide an alarm and relevant information when signal degradation occurs is critical to remaining "on-air." The Tektronix RFA300A 8VSB measurement set monitors the critical broadcast parameters required to transmit DTV signals by delivering instant visualization of the transmitter's signal through an intuitive user interface.

The Tektronix AD954 MPEG-2 portable analyzer is designed for engineers who work in the field on compression equipment installation and service. It provides instant, real-time analysis and recording, as well as offline analysis at the transport stream level, allowing the user to debug MPEG-2 systems in the field. It interfaces with the user's laptop to provide simple, in-the-field diagnosis and quality assurance.

About Technology Rentals & Services (
Technology Rentals & Services (TRS), a unit of CIT Group Inc., is a leader in the rental, lease, and sale of high-quality electronic test, measurement, and computer products. From its centrally located, ISO-9002 registered facility at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, TRS ships equipment worldwide. Coupled with its traditional programs such as asset management and disaster recovery, TRS provides a complete set of services matching its clients diverse business needs. For more information, call 1-800-874-7123.

About Tektronix (
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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