Floorplan in ProMan showing indoor coverage analysis

CelPlan Technologies, an authorized distributor of Altair Engineering, Inc, offers CellTrace Suite, which includes:

  • ProMan – Wave Propagation and Radio Network Planning
  • CoMan – Connectivity Simulator for Sensor and MESH Networks
  • WallMan – Graphical Editor for Vector Building Databases
  • TuMan – Graphical Editor for Tunnels and Stadiums
  • AMan – Graphical Editor for Antenna Patterns
  • CompoMan – Editor for Components used in Wireless Indoor Network Installations

CellTrace™ provides unmatched indoor predictions with superior RF ray tracing propagation models.

  • Main Features
    • 3D vector databases with planar objects
    • Extremely fast & accurate propagation models
    • Offers static, Monte-Carlo, and dynamic network simulators
    • Allows for the planning of coverage and capacity as well as network simulations
    • Computes the capacity (throughput, max. data rates, packet delays, QoS, etc.) of the different radio links and cells in the network based on the coverage analysis and the traffic assumptions
  • Supports a wide variety of Air interfaces:
    • LTE, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, CDMA, UMTS, GSM, TETRA
    • Also supports MIMO technology, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), leaky feeder cables and several other transmission modes

CellTrace suite of tools enables modeling of RF propagation inside of buildings, within tunnels and in campus environments for any wireless technology. The tool can be used to model & analyze coverage of the network to mitigate interference and guarantee coverage & sufficient capacity.

CellTrace’s highly accurate empirical and ray-optical propagation models for indoor and campus environments are ideally suited for WLAN networks and their frequency bands:

  • Coverage based on received power can be determined within a few seconds;
  • Capacity and data throughput planning can be carried out based on user density definitions and interference analysis;
  • Maximum data rate maps can show where high volumes of traffic can be served;
  • AP based evaluation of requested traffic & interference can illustrate the potential of improvements & optimization of the network;

Security risks can be analyzed and exposed (i.e. coverage in unwanted areas).

 

Features & Specifications:

Scenarios

  • Indoor Scenarios (incl. campus areas)  => Multiple prediction and planning heights possible
  • Vector Databases (Buildings)
  • Empirical (COST 231 MW, etc.) and Ray-Optical (Ray Tracing, Dominant Paths) Propagation Models
  • Urban Scenarios
  • Vector Databases (Buildings) and Topography (Pixel Databases)
  • Ray-Optical (Ray Tracing, Dominant Paths) Propagation Models
  • Hybrid Urban/Indoor Scenarios (=> CNP, multiple heights)
  • Combination of different scenarios, databases and propagation models

Network Specification

  • Wireless Standards
  • All radio parameters can be modified to define most wireless standards
  • Site / Transmitter Description
  • Location and carriers (frequencies and power)
  • TRX Properties (Noise figure, Cable losses, etc.)
  • Antenna pattern (either 2x2D (e.g. *.msi, *.pln) or 3D)
  • Multi-Mode Concept
  • Definition of different modes with individual bitrates, SNIR targets, power thresholds, etc.
  • Different types of mobile stations (with individual properties) for each mode possible
  •  Traffic
    • User Density and Offered Traffic
  • Priority Maps
  • Definition of location dependent priorities for coverage

 Automatic Network Planner

  • Auto-selection of sites from a set of possible sites
  • Coverage and capacity driven selection of sites from set of sites to guarantee best coverage and sufficient capacity
  • Auto-assignment of carriers to sites
  • Based on interference analysis and requested traffic

Outputs

  • Maps (2D) for each prediction height and AP
  • Path Loss / Received Power / Field Strength
  • Delay Spread, Delay Windows, etc.
  • Propagation Paths
  • Maps (2D) for whole network (on each prediction height)
  • SNIR (Interference), Coverage probability
  • Cell assignment, Number of available carriers at MS locations
  • Required Tx power of APs and Mobile Stations
  • Maximum achievable data rates
  • Statistical information
  • Distribution (PDF, CDF) of all maps (total area / parts of area)
  • Mean values and standard deviations

Database Converters

  • CAD and GIS (or RNP) Data and Pixel Data Converters
  • DXF (2D, 3D), MapInfo™, Arcview™, ASC, PLANETTM, Aircom ENTERPRISETM, etc.
  • Bitmaps (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.gif, *.tif, etc.) can be converted to vector databases
  • Traffic Simulation
    • Outputs: number of connected UE’s on up/downlink
    • Respective MCS’s
    • Data rates
    • Cell resource usages(load)
  •  Conversion
    • Vector building data and topographical data