In: Products 15 Dec 2017 Tags: , , , , ,

Working with Ofcom

Broadcaster information is now flowing smoothly at the UK spectrum regulator Ofcom thanks to a new database created by ATDI

 

ATDI won a contract to streamline its central database of all radio and television stations for the UK as well as international coordination. It was a task that required the melding of a disparate range of sources.
“For decades, Ofcom had been working with a variety of non-standard and ad hoc data sources. The main one of these was in the Microsoft Access format but others were contained in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and as Ascii format files tables and, occasionally, text files,” says ATDI lead engineer Alex Krasnojen. “In addition, Ofcom works closely with the BBC and broadcast infrastructure company Arqiva and the three organisations use a database format unique to them – UKPM.”
The variety of data formats used by Ofcom made both internal and external data exchange an issue.
ATDI was tasked with unifying the information and presenting it in a standard, easily-accessible format. The basis for doing this was the company’s software tool ICS Manager. ICS Manager is in use by regulators worldwide to tabulate the abundance of details about the radio services. ICS Manager is tailored to the needs of the user, so ATDI engineers worked extensively to ensure Ofcom’s version of ICS Manager met the organisation’s requirements as closely as possible.
The result is that there is now a central Ofcom database which works with the different formats for the maintenance, processing and transfer of data. The database encompasses all Ofcom’s activities, processes, tasks and types of data. Its implementation has smoothed workflows and made each of Ofcom’s processes simpler and more efficient.
Alex notes: “Something very gratifying about this project is the degree to which we have been able to work and communicate with Ofcom. A situation like the one we found, with broadcaster information in various locations and in differing formats, was very complex. Our approach was to talk to Ofcom and identify a robust solution has been most pleasing on both sides.”

 

OFCOM (UK) Broadcast Spectrum Management Solution: ICS telecom EV + ICS manager

 

In: Exhibitions 27 Nov 2017 Tags: , , ,

ATDI’s relationship with customers in Australia was broadened and deepened through the company’s attendance at the industry event Comms Connect in Melbourne.

The company presented the range of its software offering, with a focus on the newly-released ICS telecom EV.

“It’s always good to have an opportunity to meet customers face-to-face,” says ATDI spectrum engineer Yahya Khaled, “particularly when we have something as exciting as ICS telecom EV to talk about.”

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.”