Planning Maps

Planning Maps are user defined views that allow positioning custom content within a map.

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screenshot Reset the map center and zoom

screenshot Refresh the contents of the map

screenshot Coverage: Show the map Coverage tool

screenshot Map Planning: Create, open or manage maps


Creating Planning Maps

1. To create a map, select Create Planning Map from the Map Option button menu. This action will open a create planning maps form.

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2. Enter a map name.

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Selecting screenshot opens a dialog that displays the valid columns for the planning map. A planning map consists of multiple columns of data including latitude and longitude location information in the decimal degrees format, ex. 42.8334, -106.35946.

The minimum required columns for end points are latitude and longitude only. Planning maps are saved in CSV file format.

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By selecting the “Calculate Path Quality” entry, a path quality analysis with be performed for each endpoint location based on the projected viewshed of Base Stations in the area. Base Stations and proposed Base Stations in the imported file contribute to the path quality calculation. Application Providers can view Planning Maps that contain Base Stations, but cannot add them.

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3. Selecting screenshot will open the local computer file explorer to select the desired planning map that has previously been created. For this example, the file “Customer_Location_mapversion” was selected. Click the “Import” button to import the planning map into the mapping tool.

4. Selecting “Show Map” results in the mapped objects being displayed on the planning map location. This encompasses all the end point pin locations in the respective view.

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Planning Map Fields

Column Description
Latitude The latitude of the entry
Longitude The longitude of the entry
Address The address of the entry. This will be used to get the latitude and longitude if not specified.
PathQuality The path quality value associated with the entry. (Optional)
Description A description for the entry. (Optional)
Type Either Device Or Base Station (If left blank Device type will be used). (Optional)
Marker The icon ID of a marker you wish to use instead of the default one. (Optional)
Radius The range of the Base Station if the type selected is Base Station. (Optional)
Height The height of the Base Station if the type selected is Base Station. (Optional)

Note

Application Providers can view Planning Maps that contain Base Station type objects, but cannot add them.

Planning Map Marker Images

Image Marker ID
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Managing Planning Maps

Selecting “Manage Planning Maps” displays the planning maps summary table below.

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Coverage Tool

The Coverage Tool button launches a dialog that contains a search field for entering addresses or locations.

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Once the search information is submitted by pressing the enter key or clicking the screenshot icon, the map shows a pin for the location and icons for the locations of nearby Base Stations. The green areas on the map reflect areas of high quality radio reception.

Right-clicking on an empty area of the map provides a short cut for checking coverage. This creates a pin at the clicked location and opens the Location Information dialog. Selecting the Path Quality tab shows the estimated path quality to nearby Base Stations (See Path Quality below).

Path Quality

The path quality dialog shown in the lower left of the map, shows detailed information about the distance between the search location and the Base Station and reception quality expressed as a percentage. This percentage reflects the Fresnel clearance (line of site) between two points. This calculation uses an elevation database to determine how obstructions interfere with the line of site. Note: The zoom level of the map can be adjusted after the search to view the results with a different perspective. This may be required to see in-range Base Stations that are outside of the initial result view.

The pin plot for the selected location will also display a vector to each Base Station indicating the direction of coverage.

The following are different examples of line of sight path quality calculations: screenshot

And this is how the path quality results are displayed in the map: screenshot

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Path Quality Marker Colors

Path Quality Markers are generated for Planning Map entries that do not have a pre-defined marker. The markers are generated if the Calculate Path Quality check-box is selected during map creation or initiating a path quality calculation from the table.

Color Meaning
screenshot Path quality between 0% and 25%
screenshot Path quality between 25% and 50%
screenshot Path quality between 50% and 75%
screenshot Path quality between 75% and 100%