WPM Propagation Model with Specialized 2.5D Geodata Delivers RF Planning Applications for Small Cells and Beyond
Sophia Antipolis, France and Paris – February 26, 2015 – LuxCarta, parent of leading geodata production companies ComputaMaps and GEOIMAGE, and Softwave Wireless, developer of the WPM propagation model, announced today they are forming a global partnership. WPM will be promoted by LuxCarta’s global distribution channel including sales representatives around the world in six corporate offices and select regional partners. Specialized 2.5 geodata tailored for use in WPM will provide a cost-effective option for operators deploying broadband outside dense urban areas or in the developing world where 3D building data is less frequently acquired.
“Many of our customers around the globe have been seeking a cost-effective means of planning their broadband and LTE overlays,” said Albéric Maumy, managing director of ComputaMaps. “By partnering with Softwave Wireless, we are able to deliver a turnkey offering that includes a technically advanced propagation model and geodata uniquely optimized to work with it.”
Softwave Wireless undertook development of WPM after identifying a hole in the market for urban propagation models used within RF planning software for designing and optimizing wireless networks. During its development, their R&D team focused on speed, accuracy and simplicity of use. Initial tier one operator wins in the United States after rigorous competitive benchmarks suggest WPM has achieved its goals. It is extremely effective in small-cell planning, where propagation environments are typically complex and prediction distances relatively short. The WPM model is integrated with leading RF planning software, including TEOCO’s Asset and InfoVista’s Mentum Planet®.
LuxCarta’s R&D group has been working on specialized geodata that takes advantage of the speed WPM delivers without the associated costs tied to 3D building polygons. The result was 2.5D geodata, which includes clutter with multiple height classes (i.e., height ranges) or urban canopy heights. WPM excels using LuxCarta DTM, street vectors, clutter and urban height data. Results are close to those achieved with 3D building polygons, especially in areas outside of dense urban morphologies, at a greatly reduced geodata cost.
“In partnering with LuxCarta, we feel we can deliver a truly differentiated and disruptive RF planning story to the global telecom market,” said Serge Barbosa Da Torre, managing director at Softwave Wireless. “This partnership lets us focus on R&D, while enabling the LuxCarta companies to focus on sales activities tied to bundled software and geodata.”
The WPM model and 2.5 geodata will be demonstrated on the ComputaMaps & GEOIMAGE stand 6K15 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5. Softwave Wireless representatives will also be on hand for presentations and discussions.
LuxCarta is a holding company investing and building businesses involved in geospatial software and geodata production. Its operating subsidiaries, ComputaMaps and GEOIMAGE, focus on the creation and delivery of geodata for the global telecom, VIS/SIM and other vertical markets. As experts in cartography and software development, we specialize in delivering quality fit-for purpose products and services to non-specialist and expert end users. Our telecom offering includes the Planner geodata product line for RF planning and optimization, SpacEyes3D visualization software and related services. We ensure quality production by controlling all development with support provided in your time zone through five corporate offices. Our inventory includes over 600 3D cities in 57 countries.www.luxcarta.com
About Softwave Wireless
Softwave Wireless is a pure technology company designing advanced intelligent modules for radio planning tools. It is owned by its founders and is completely independent of network equipment manufacturers or telecom operators. Since its founding in 2006, Softwave Wireless has released bestseller products renowned in the industry such as the ACP, the leading automatic cell planning software used by more than 100 operators, equipment vendors and consulting companies worldwide. The company has also developed WPM, an innovative ray-tracing urban propagation model, designed explicitly for accuracy, speed and ease of use in complex heterogeneous networks.www.softwavenet.com