Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 2

At ComputaMaps our business focus is 3D geodata. For our wireless planning customers, this data has been a necessary input for 3D modeling of complex dense urban environments. However, while the analyses performed are based on 3D data, until recently the RF engineer could only look at a 2D display of their results. With advances in planning tools, and new 3D viewers, engineers are now able to view their projects in 3D as well. We expect this will mean more applications for 3D data. Read main article.


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Visualize your RF Planning in 3D

 

It can be argued that there is nothing new about the use of 3D data in RF design and optimization. This data has been a required input for 3D modeling of complex dense urban environments for over a decade. However, the capability to view 3D outputs of the RF simulations within the RF planning tool or in other applications is fairly recent. For instance, Infovista's Metro Network Designer, a module for Mentum Planet released earlier this year, provides for 3D viewing of analysis layers. Other off-the-shelf software can also be used to display results of any RF planning tool in 3D. The applications related to wireless planning of 3D data - both inside and outside the engineering department - are numerous and deliver a whole new level of value from the geodata.


There is no denying that 3D imagery and video fly throughs help make presentations memorable. For equipment vendors selling their nominal design to an operator, a 3D display may provide that tangible element that makes the pitch successful. In support of executive decisions, a 3D visualization makes the information more accessible to those without an engineering degree or any specific knowledge of RF planning and optimization.


3D visualization makes the data easier to interpret


A wireless network operator's main offering is voice and data services at specific locations (i.e., wireless coverage with related capacity). A longstanding, and incredibly important, output of RF planning tools has been coverage maps provided by engineering groups to the marketing department. Traditionally, these "coverage plots" have been provided in 2D. Of course, historically, RF design was also done at street level and if people couldn't complete a call indoors they would go outside. Today, consumers expect their apps to work in the elevator shaft on the 21st floor. In 2013, an operator can differentiate themselves and show their network coverage in 3D. That user on the 21st floor may be more inclined to subscribe if they see their building - and their floor - is covered on a network operator's website.


View of 2D coverage on operator's website


This operator’s 2D coverage map suggests excellent coverage throughout the city. (green = coverage)


3D view showing indoor coverage on multiple floors


However, a 3D view might differentiate an operator from competitors by showing indoor coverage many stories above street level.


Of course, not all use cases of 3D visualization are for outside the engineering department. Engineers are able to view their indoor coverage delivered by the macro network - and potentially coverage provided via indoor small cells. This ability to view in 3D is particularly useful with site selection. The engineer is able to view tilt and azimuth changes in real time, from the point of view of the site. They are also able to view their multi-floor coverage and determine if more sites will be necessary to provide service throughout the building.


3D indoor coverage


3D indoor coverage predictions rendered with Mentum Planet. Courtesy Infovista.


With advances in RF planning software and third-party 3D viewers, it is now possible to further utilize 3D geodata investment. While this article has identified some use cases for the 3D viewer, there are undoubtedly more to be developed as the tool sets are more widely deployed. ComputaMaps will continue to innovate and develop 3D data in support of these future applications.

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