Planning Maps

The mapping feature is used to interact with customer planning maps as well as to view Base Station viewsheds and end points statistics.

Planning maps can be used to create proposed Base Stations and end points and are useful to visually identify expected coverage areas as well as calculating the predicted path quality for end points from the Base Stations modeled in the area.

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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 required columns for Base Stations are latitude, longitude, type, radius and height. These values are used to create a Base Station viewshed on the map. 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. The Path Quality Settings for the calculation can be configured here.

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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 Optional
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. Screenshot
Description A description for the entry. Screenshot
Type Either Device Or Base Station (If left blank Device type will be used). Screenshot
Marker The icon ID of a marker you wish to use instead of the default one. Screenshot
Radius The range of the Base Station in miles if the type selected is Base Station. Screenshot
Height The height of the Base Station in feet if the type selected is Base Station. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 1 EUI The EUI of the Base Station that gave the best path quality results for the given row Screenshot
PQ Bstn 1 pathQuality The path quality result provided by PQ Bstn 1 in decimal percentage. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 1 Distance The distance between the entry and PQ Bstn 1 in miles. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 1 Height The height of PQ Bstn 1 in feet. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 1 Azimuth The Azimuth heading between the entry and PQ Bstn 1 in decimal degrees. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 2 EUI The EUI of the Base Station that gave the second best path quality results for the given row Screenshot
PQ Bstn 2 pathQuality The path quality result provided by PQ Bstn 2 in decimal percentage. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 2 Distance The distance between the entry and PQ Bstn 2 in miles. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 2 Height The height of PQ Bstn 2 in feet. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 2 Azimuth The Azimuth heading between the entry and PQ Bstn 2 in decimal degrees. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 3 EUI The EUI of the Base Station that gave the third best path quality results for the given row Screenshot
PQ Bstn 3 pathQuality The path quality result provided by PQ Bstn 3 in decimal percentage. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 3 Distance The distance between the entry and PQ Bstn 3 in miles. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 3 Height The height of PQ Bstn 3 in feet. Screenshot
PQ Bstn 3 Azimuth The Azimuth heading between the entry and PQ Bstn 3 in decimal degrees. Screenshot

Exporting Planning Maps

Planning Maps can be exported through the Planning Maps table. Simply select on a row by selecting on the name field. Then click the export screenshot button. This exports a map in the same format that it was imported so that it can be shared or re-imported. As part of the export, the best 3 Base Stations that contributed to the last Planning Map path quality calculation are included for each entry. This provides the path quality, distance, height, and Azimuth that was measured for that Base Station when compared to that map entry.

Planning Map Marker Images

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Managing Planning Maps

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

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Measuring distance

The map provides the ability to quickly measure the distance between two points on the map. Click the screenshot button and then select "Measure Distance" from the menu to enable the feature.

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Then select two points on the map and see the distance in miles between them. This disables all other clickable elements so that any two points can be selected without triggering other map features. Clicking close will remove the two markers, the line, and the distance dialog.

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Base Station Deployment Planning

Using the planning maps a user can easily search for a structure to be used for a Base Station deployment.

First go to the Maps Tab and zoom into an area where coverage is needed to be deployed.

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Click the layers button and select Structures. This will plot all available structures in the area.

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Click the layers button again, then click Filter Structures. This allows filtering of the displayed structures to a particular company or a structure greater than a specified height. In the case below we filtered to see only American Tower Corp Structures greater than 100ft high.

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The map will now show only the filtered towers.

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This filtered set displays the structures that meet the deployment requirements.

Left clicking the tower will display a theoretical coverage of the tower. The coverage area displayed is a 10 mile Radius at the max structure height.

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Once a desired structure is located, right click the structure to see more detailed information related to that structure.

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Multiple Structures at the Same Location

Structures appearing at the same geographic location within 5 significant decimal places for latitude and longitude are now marked on the map with a footer image.

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Hovering over a group of Structures displays a tooltip listing the Structures at that location. The first item in the tooltip shows the Structure that is visible in the Map.

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Clicking on the item for any other Structure promotes that Structure to the top.

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Planning Map Statistics

When a Planning Map is active, a statistics header is added to the map. This header shows Entry and Path Quality statistics for the Planning Map. The Entries statistic shows the breakdown of Devices and Base Stations included on the Planning Map. The Path Quality statistic shows threshold groupings by Path Quality of all Devices on the Map.

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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 the estimated path quality to nearby Base Stations (See Path Quality below). 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).

Coverage Layer

The Coverage Layer is designed to display predicted network coverage of Base Stations within a given area. The layer is comprised of all viewsheds corresponding to the Base Stations within the Map's viewport, and presented as green image overlays.

This layer is only enabled at zoom level 9 and higher and may require zooming in to view coverage, as dynamically indicated by the Map Layers icon:

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Once available, activate the Coverage Layer by first clicking the 'Map Layers' button, and then checking the 'Coverage' option.

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When changes in either the location focus of the Map viewport or the zoom level are detected, a refresh is required to update the Coverage Layer's presentation, as indicated by a yellow emphasis outline and motion (not shown) of the 'Refresh Map' button: screenshot

The Coverage Layer supports the current coverage settings for path quality. These can be configured from the "Set Coverage Settings" option seen above. This allows configuration of a Base Station Classification filter and the current coverage mode. This will limit the Base Station coverage shown to only Base Stations with that classification and those based on the coverage mode being used.

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The Coverage Layer's opacity can be adjusted via the 'Set Overlay Opacity' option from the menu shown above.

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

Path Quality Settings

Senet provides the ability to configure how path quality is calculated by allowing the input of path quality settings. These settings can be optionally configured and allow setting the following: a Base Station classification filter, Base Station height (feet), Base Station radius (miles), and Device height (feet). The classification filter narrows the Base Stations considered for calculation by their Base Station classification. Base Station height and radius override the configured height and radius of all Base Stations used in the calculation. Device Height overrides the default Device height for all Devices that path quality is being calculated for. These settings are persisted across calculations to ensure a consistent planning experience.

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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.

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LVN Base Station Filtering

Both Coverage and Path Quality support optionally filtering the displayed Base Stations to those that are privately or publicly owned. Senet Support must enable this feature to access it. When enabled, a selection control appears in the Coverage Search and Path Quality interfaces. This control filters displayed Base Stations or Base Station data to either Owned Base Stations (private) or LVN Base Stations (public). Any owned Base Stations that are not a part of the LVN, will not be visible if the LVN filter is applied.

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LVN Coverage visibility must be administratively enabled for Operators & RAN Providers. Please contact support@senetco.com for access to this feature.

Coverage Tool

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Path Quality

This is the Path Quality dialog shown by right-clicking anywhere on the map:

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Proposed Entries Export

The Proposed Entries menu item provides options to export the proposed Base Stations within a planning map. Clicking the "All" option exports all proposed Base Stations. Clicking the "Selected" option exports the proposed Base Stations with displayed Viewsheds. This option is only available when a planning map is open and exports a file similar in format to the Base Station export.

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Export Format

Column Description
Site Id The ID of the Base Station Site
Viewshed Name The identifier for the proposed entry either the address entered at import or the description
Project The project associated with the proposed entry
Company The company associated with the proposed entry
Latitude The Latitude of the proposed entry's geographic location in decimal degrees
Longitude The Longitude of the proposed entry's geographic location in decimal degrees
Radius The radius of the proposed entry's viewshed in miles
Viewshed ID The ID of the proposed entry, this is the insert index into the planning map
Status The deployment status of the proposed entry, this is always set to Exploring
Date Created The date the proposed entry was added to the planning map
Unavailable Date The date the proposed entry was marked as unavailable
Northeast Latitude The Latitude of the northeastern corner of the area that the proposed entry covers, this is always 0 for proposed entries.
Northeast Longitude The Longitude of the northeastern corner of the area that the proposed entry covers, this is always 0 for proposed entries.
Southwest Latitude The Latitude of the southwestern corner of the area that the proposed entry covers, this is always 0 for proposed entries.
Southwest Longitude The Longitude of the southwestern corner of the area that the proposed entry covers, this is always 0 for proposed entries.
Base Station The EUI of the real Base Station associated with the proposed entry, this is always blank.
Notes Notes included for the proposed entry, this is always blank.
Structure ID The ID of the structure the proposed entry was created from.
Structure Height AGL (ft) The height of the structure the proposed entry is associated with above ground level in feet.