Urban Networks

Urban Wireless network planning & analysis


Why is Urban network planning & analysis important?

Wireless connectivity of users of urban environments has become more and more important in recent times. Those users include general population, and emergency response (police, fire, ambulance, etc), private vehicles, public service vehicles (buses, taxis, ambulance, etc) as well as transportation fleets and fixed ‘smart’ infrastructure such as smart lamp posts, and other network connected infrastructure. Wireless connectivity for these users is becoming more and more essential as technology advances.
The wireless technologies required to support these users may include many solutions including 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi, DSRC, emergency services mobile radio, mesh technologies, satellite, etc.
In order to ensure that the installed wireless communication networks will perform as required, a wireless planning tool is used to design the network in the environment, and predict the network performance before installation. A planning tool will also assist in designing network changes and solutions to solve performance issues such as dead spots etc, should they arise.

What will EMSlice do?

EMSlice will allow you to import a map of an urban environment (from openstreetmap and other sources) including detail describing buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. EMSlice will allow you to design a variety of wireless networks in the environment, and predict the coverage and performance of those networks before they are installed and commissioned.

How does EMSlice work?

EMSlice will accept an openstreetmap (.osm) file as an initial starting point for a network design. (EMSlice can work without a map to start with)
EMSlice will then allow you to add, move and configure the different wireless networking components and technologies as needed to achieve the coverage/ performance desired.
Network performance is predicted from simulations and calculations from the designed environment and access point/ base station positions and parameters. The simulation includes a combination of ray tracing, propagation modelling, power loss calculations and post-processing to create the final result.

For example?

Below is an image demonstrating the reflection, refraction and diffraction of radiation while travelling from a transmitter to receiver in an urban environment.
Below is an image of 4g urban heatmap indicating the expected signal coverage of a microcell in an urban environment.
Below is an heatmap of an urban wifi network deployed in a pedestrian-only shopping mall.

For a brief demo of urban wireless network modeling, please view the video:

For a more detailed review of urban propagation modelling and analysis, see the video:

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