In: Press releases 22 Nov 2017

The vast distances and sparse population of rural Australia have been a problem for power companies for centuries. ATDI has helped ease the burdens by assisting in the creation of a smart metering network.

Horizon Power, based in Karratha, Western Australia, has a service area of 2.3 million square kilometres with an average of one customer per 53.5 square kilometres.

“You can understand the time, effort and staff costs in reading all those meters,” says Yahya Khaled, spectrum engineer at ATDI Australia. “It was no surprise that Horizon Power approached ATDI to help manage and optimize their smart metering network to cater for the increasing business needs.”

ATDI dominates in radio planning and modeling for the mining industry in Western Australia and it was the company’s track record of success in that sector that brought it to Horizon Power’s attention.

Horizon Power sought to implement a low-power mesh network operating on class license 920MHz and thereby requiring no licensing or spectrum fees as the Australian regulator has identified it as the GSM 900 duplex gap allocated to industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) use. This helped reduce costs across an area one-fifth the size of Europe and where isolated communities often have poor infrastructure.

ATDI’s task was to produce accurate cluster and hop-level predictions and identify the need for signal repeaters or additional access points across the vast distances involved. In addition, the company imported live mesh network data.

“ATDI gave Horizon Power an on-site demonstration and two-week trial of the company’s planning and modeling software, specifically ICS telecom EV and ICS map server,” Yahya notes. “Based on the comprehensive testing of ATDI’s tools, and impressed by the accuracy of results and ease of operation, Horizon Power bought licenses for both products for use in network construction.”

In: Press releases 22 Nov 2017

Singapore’s drive to become a truly smart city is being assisted by ATDI.

The city-state’s spectrum regulator, IMDA, is part of a coordinated effort to connect and, where appropriate, remotely control local infrastructure. For instance, city authorities are examining the feasibility of smart street lights and some city planners are considering how to incorporate smart city concepts into new buildings.

IMDA is overseeing the radio planning, modeling and spectrum management for all the connected systems and is relying on ATDI’s assistance to do so. IMDA has benefitted from ATDI’s consultancy services for the last seven years and has recently extended that relationship with a new contract.

“It’s very exciting times in Singapore,” says ATDI spectrum engineer Yahya Khaled, “and ATDI is involved with IMDA in studies of the propagation aspects of different technologies such as LoRa, NB-IoT and WiSUN. ATDI’s new planning and modeling software tool, ICS telecom EV, has been invaluable in that.

“With the density of population and of services in Singapore, spectrum co-existence is a big issue. ATDI’s partnership with IMDA means we have plenty of experience in working together to overcome interference problems – and with the new contract taking our relationship into the future, we will continue to do so as Singapore becomes ever smarter.”

In: Webinars 20 Nov 2017

This is the last event for 2017 and targets radio planners and engineers who undertake radio (drive test) measurement analysis.

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017
Time: 10 am GMT
Venue: Online

The webinar includes a guest appearance from a specialist measurement company and will demonstrate the import function into ATDI’s tools for analysis. The event will cover:

– Importing measurement data
– Measurement data formats
– Comparing measurements with predicted coverage
– Tuning based on measurement data

To register contact sarah.sasson@atdi.co.uk

This event will in English. A recording is available on request.