During testing, MANY technical lead partners – Quickline Communications – discovered that once the locations had been identified, challenges remained in identifying the optimal direction and angle for the radios and antennas. The team found that if antennas are not ‘aimed’ appropriately, the coverage or signal quality and speeds are compromised. The Wireless Coverage team took on the challenge to find a solution and developed the WISDM Beam Optimiser feature. This allows planners to select antennas, and to automatically rotate them through 360 degrees to precisely measure coverage in each direction and at different tilt angles.
As a result of Wireless Coverage’s involvement in the project, the company has further developed the software and the business is now talking with several equipment manufacturers as a possible planning tool for networks around the globe.
David Burns, CEO of Wireless Coverage explains “the Beam Optimiser identifies the sweet spot in terms of the main direction and any antenna tilt in order to ensure maximum coverage. This can involve hundreds of millions of line-of-sight calculations and WISDM achieves this in near real time”.
The Beam Optimiser features – which are believed to be a world first – will help reduce the risks and cost of deploying 5G networks by ensuring the minimum number of assets are needed to cover the maximum area or properties and extract the maximum value of investment.
David continues “these features have been identified and developed on the back of the MANY project. We have now been selected by NVIDIA for their Global Inception Partner Programme and have the first working prototype of an AI/ML Surface Mapping data generator. This is suitable for international expansion of WISDM into countries where no LIDAR data exists or is prohibitively expensive”.