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.
Reset the map center and zoom
Refresh the contents of the map
Coverage: Show the map Coverage tool
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.
2. Enter a map name.
Selecting 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.
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.
3. Selecting 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.
Managing Planning Maps
Selecting “Manage Planning Maps” displays the planning maps summary table below.
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.
Click the layers button and select Structures. This will plot all available structures in the area.
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.
The map will now show only the filtered towers.
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.
Once a desired structure is located, right click the structure to see more detailed information related to that structure.
The Coverage Tool button launches a dialog that contains a search field for entering addresses or locations.
Once the search information is submitted by pressing the enter key or clicking the 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.
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 following are different examples of line of sight path quality calculations:
And this is how the path quality results are displayed in the map: