ICS designer

The most complete and cost-effective radio planning and optimization tool
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ICS designer

// ALL-IN-ONE package
for radio network planning and optimization
// Multi-technologies for real

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// Multi-maps, Multi-resolutions, Multiple players, WMS/WMTS support
// Bing, Google, Open Street Map, Inspire, Geoportals
// Clutter builder, Building builder, Indoor/Outdoor, Full 3D coverage

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// Coverage calculation, Coverage analysis, Site searching, Site optimizing
// Prospective planning, Route & Area planning, Network optimization
// Interference, Frequency assignment, Code assignment, Traffic

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// Microwave links, Mesh network, Clustering
// Adaptive modulation, Optimizing, EMC
// Path budget, P2MP, P2P, Windfarm, Radar

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//Constraints, Automatic planning, Multi-layer planning
//Tunning, Live measurement data, Correlation, SON check
//Statistics, Monte-Carlo, Frequency sharing
//More than 30 propagation models

Diffraction, Reflections, Dual path, Ducting, Troposcattering, Climate, Clutter properties, Rain, Subpath, Absorption, Refraction... Full 3D model

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// Databases: SQL, No-SQL, Cloud, Libraries, Multimedia
// Ansi and Unicode, Multi-languages, x86 & x64 versions
// Massive parallelism, Multi-processing

ATDI launches ICS designer – the most complete radioplanning software that exists on the market, with a very attractive price. No additional modules, ultra-flexible price policy (multi-licenses, upgrades, downgrades, competitor software overtake) and costs of maintenance and assistance of your choice with a reactivity of support services and unique development.

ICS designer is compatible WMS/WMTS. Google map, Bing map, Open Street Map, Inspire and various Geoportals are fully integrated in ICS designer. Whatever the DTM/DEM projection, the maps are geocoded in real time. ICS map server, included in the package, allows you to download DTMs and Clutters from 10 m resolution to 50 m worldwide. Thanks to the Clutter and Building Builders in ICS designer, you can improve the quality of the clutter and building layers by adding shapefiles from various sources (CLC, OSM...)


    ICS designer is the most powerful software for radio network planning, automatic optimization and network audit ALL-IN-ONE:

    • Capacity, Coverage, Objectives, Backhaul, Backbone, Frequency planning (FF and FH), Prospective planning, Station parameters optimising (Antenna pattern including smart antennas - 2D, Xpol and 3D patterns, Power, Transmitting heights, Mechanical and electrical tilts, Azimuths...), Site locations, Subscribers, Handovers, Code planning, Route and area planning multi-technologies.

    • Automatic Tuning (we don't tune the propagation like other planning tools, we tune the digital maps - resolution, quality, layers, classes)

    • Neighbour planning (support migration scenarii and multi-technologies), Measurement import and correlation, Constraints, Network audit (Validation of radio network planning from other vendors, Network optimising, Swap...)

    • SON check (neighbours, PCI, Tilts, Power, SC codes, Traffic load...)


    Types of networks supported in ICS designer: GSM, GSM-R, DCS, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), WiMAX, WiFi, cdma2000, EVDO, TDMA, FDMA, DVB-H, PMR, TETRA, DAB, DAB+, DVB, DVB-T/2, ISDB-T, DMR, BWA, TV, FM, MLAT, DME, microwave links, Mesh, windfarms, AMR, Smart-Grid and others... in a same project.

    ICS designer includes and supports:

    • Multi-technologies (mobile, broadcast, fixed services, microwave links, satellites, point to multipoint and others). This includes coexistence studies between different technologies (LTE vs DVB-T, mobile vs fixed and others)

    • Multi-resolutions maps (Rasters 2D & 3D and Vectors)

    • Bing map, Google map, Geoportals (WMS and WMTS), Open Street Map, Google Earth, Inspire cadaster, Automatic Clutter and Building builders, Real time geocoding

    • Raster (ortho, topo, plan, cadaster) and vector layers, Bing, Here, Google, Open Street Map, World topo, Geoportals: PL, CZ, D, F, NOR, IT, UK, NZ, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Catalunya...

    • Multi-databases (Cloud, SQL, XML and Distributed RDB) and Network sharing (ICS online)

    • Propagation models: ITU, Deterministics, Statistical models. Full 3D Indoor/Outdoor model, Troposcattering, Climate (rain, gaz, gradient, fog, snow), Ducting, Diffraction, Reflection and absorption, Propagation in tunel, Indoor projects, Deygout 1994 model (valid for all frequencies from 30 MHz to 450 GHz), Fresnel STD-RM, Model API...



    ICS designer is developed to cover radioplanning needs of:

    • Telecom operators

    • Broadcasters

    • Telecom equipment suppliers

    • System integrators

    • Engineering and consultancy firms

A perpetual license of ICS designer includes:

  • ICS designer software license

  • Technical support during 1 year (telephone, email) (*)

  • Maintenance agreement with access to regular software updates during 1 year (*)

  • 1 day per year of software training on ATDI premises (Paris, Moscow, London, Warsaw, Sydney, Washington, Madrid, Mumbai) or on site (excluding travel and living expenses)

  • Bing Maps key

  • ICS cloud special rates for additional licenses required for a dedicated period of time

  • Access to Online World wide Builder module during 1 year (*)

  • ICS map server license during 1 year (*)

  • Access to ICS online during 1 year which includes (*):


50 MB of storage (more storage for additional price)
Possibility to upload radio coverage and sites
Data sharing (public or protected by password)
Access to BRIFIC database
Export stations and MW

Free DTM access (20 m USA, 25 m Europe, 50 m other areas)
Free Clutter (builder) (20 m USA, 25 m Europe, 250 m other areas)



(*) : Can be renewed on a yearly basis from the second year following the PO.
ICS designer Features

Route planning - automatic network planning from station candidates along vector lines:

  • Microwave link interference: TS/RIF convolution product on the fly (Net filter discrimination)

  • Automatic antenna orientation

  • Best station selection including sector dependency

  • Overlapping

  • Network coverage calculation and reporting


Area planning - automatic network planning from station candidates targeting polygon areas:

  • Automatic antenna orientation

  • Best station selection including sector dependency

  • Overlapping

  • Network coverage calculation and reporting


Handover analysis along vector lines:

  • Take into account: Mobile speed, Handover margin, Pre-defined neighbors and Handover effective time

  • Complete report


Coverage analysis using address files (SHP, CSV, UK addresses..)

Full 3D experience:

  • Full 3D propagation model

  • 3D real time

  • New 3D coverage engine (specular and lambertian reflections)


Latest broadcast technologies: DTMB, T-DMB, ISDB-T, DVB-T2

Latest recommendations/propagation models:

  • UK rain zones

  • ITU-R530-15

  • ITU-R1546-5 (x64)

  • ITU-R1812-3

  • Delta Bullington




Additional formats:

  • XML exchange format

  • Improved CSV reports

  • ODBC support (MS Access, Oracle, SQL server, SQL lite)

  • New station and microwave SQL tables




Increased performance:

  • 64-bits and 32 bits versions (Unicode and Ansi)

  • Massive parallelism

  • External model wrapping (x64->x86 and x86->x64)

  • Memory swapping option (x64 and x86)

  • New batch report coverage/population



Monthly software rent available via ICS cloud service

Seamless sharing of heavy radio network reports and data with ICS online

Powerful LTE planning features:

  • LTE PCI planning (maximizing and optimizing modes)

  • LTE RSI planning (maximizing, randomizing and optimizing modes)

  • LTE Parenting

  • CQI and throughput mapping support

  • ICI enhancement

  • System overhead

  • MIMO SD / SU / MU / AAS support

  • SNIR maps (PDSCH, PDCCH, PBCH)

  • RSRQ maps

  • RSRP maps

  • Maximal and n-maximal RSRP value for each pixel (RSRP coverage analysis /servers/1st, 2nd, 3rd server)

  • Probability of getting a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function)

  • Coverage reliability based on RSRP – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e >=100%)

  • Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRP value (RSRP coverage analysis /Simultaneous)

  • Maximal and n-maximal RSRQ value for each pixel (RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)

  • Probability of given RSRQ value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function + RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)

  • Coverage reliability based on RSRQ – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e >=100%)

  • Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRQ value (RSRQ maps/simultaneous servers)

  • Probability of getting a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (RSRP coverage analysis/Coverage probability…)

  • Number of sectors with a RSRP value different from serving sector RSRP not more than for a given value (RSRP coverage analysis/Simultaneous different from best server…)



  • Connectivity report: RSRP, Best server, RSRQ, SNIR PDSCH, SNIR control channel, Throughput / RB

  • Prospective planning LTE

  • Parenting LTE: schedulers Rodin Robin, Proportional Fair and Max SNR

  • Uplink SNIR map (Monte-Carlo and Noise rise methods)

  • Monte-Carlo (SNIR, RSRP, RSRQ, PUSCH and connect)

  • User defined SNIR vs Throughput tables (UL and DL)

  • Reports: QoS, Throughputs…



  • Full symmetrical and asymmetrical support



More capabilities for cartographic elements:

  • Open Street Map

  • Bing address over cursor

  • Clutter 2006 – Resolution 20 m now available (Europe)

  • Bing maps access online and offline (Map, Aerials, Aerials + labels, Ordnance Survey and Collins Bart)

  • New MIM/RIM map support

  • Online Worldwide Builder access (worldwide DTM and clutter data)

  • Import BMP 8 bits (indoor projects)


Added-value and optimized radio-planning functions:

  • Enhanced prospective planning

  • Microwave link adaptive modulation support

  • COFDM enhancement by mixing SFN/MFN networks

  • Coverage server selector

  • Station sorting

  • Vector selection improved

  • Raster ops: Clutter / Building

  • New coordinate converter

  • HCM antenna builder

  • New IRF calculator

  • Color mixing preview and 3x3 filters

  • Sector service area display

  • Radiated cable support

  • Station azimuth and tilt optimizing

  • Satellite interference UL/DL (space ->earth and earth->space)

  • Neighbor calculation improved (RSRQ checking, inter-networks, ordering)




ICS designer main features


  • Coverage calculation (multi-resolution, deterministic and statistical propagation models, outdoor, indoor, mixed outdoor/indoor, diffraction, lateral diffraction, troposcattering, subpath integration, climate components, absorption, reflexions,3D engines, user programmable models)

  • Coverage analysis and reports (servers, overlapping, noise and others)

  • Measure (correlation, tuning, import and others)

  • Interference analysis (MFN, SFN, COFDM, Eb/N0, Ec/I0, C/N+I, C/I, Threshold degradation, NFD matrices, IRF and C/I tables, adaptive C/N+I required, Desensitization, Intermodulation, point to point, point to multipoint, coverage, space/earth, windfarm…)

  • Frequency planning

  • Network planning (PHY_ID, RSI, TAC, LAC, PN codes, RSRP, SNIR, RSRQ…)

  • Handover / neighbour planning

  • Traffic analysis (voice, data, Throughput, distribution…)

  • Automatic site searching and optimizing

  • Human hazard analysis

  • Prospective planning (automated multi-technology site planning, monte-carlo, impact study, constraints, subscriber oriented planning)

  • Microwave-link path budgets (multi-resolution, adaptive modulation, diversity, objectives)

  • Advanced import/export features with just ASCII files or complete databases

  • Online worldwide maps in real time (internet connection required)

  • Multi-threading

  • Multi-core parallel computing

  • Multilingual

  • And other




Multi-technologies (mobile, broadcast, fixed services, microwaves, satellites, radar, aeronautical, point to multipoint, monitoring and others). This includes coexistence studies between different technologies from 10 kHz to 450 GHz:
AM, FM, TVA, PMR, TETRA, DAB, DMB, DTV, DVB, VOR, ILS, COM, GSM, GSM-R ETCS and non ETCS, DCS, LTE, RLAN, DRM, MFAM, WIMAX, CDMA, WCDMA, CDMA 2000, WIBRO, ISDB, ATSC, CMMB, DME, DMR, WIFI, MLAT, SCDMA, Microwave links, Mesh, Smart-Grid, AMR, P2P, P2MP, Wind turbine, User defined technologies. Fixed modulation, Adaptive modulation, SISO, MIMO, AAS, TDD, FDD, COFDM, SFN, MFN…

Basis:

Site searching, site candidates, optimizing
Coverage calculation (UL/DL)
Reverse coverage calculation
RSCP coverage calculation
Pilot coverage calculation
Microwave link path budget
Traffic analysis
Coverage analysis and interference maps: composite coverage, best servers, closest server, overlapping, simultaneous servers, CX received, Interference on best server, global interference, protected field strength, SNIR, RSRQ, RSRP, SOFDMA, C/I, C/N+I, Threshold degradation, protection margin, interference on serving cell, server position, 1st server, 2nd server, 3th server, normal and log-normal distributions, multiple log-normal signals, Ec/I0 forward, Ec/I0 pilot pollution, Eb/N0, SFN, COFDM, MFN vs SFN, power sum, quadratic power sum, power fux density, margin, reliability, delay spread, time of arrival, differences, TDOA, TSOA, DME (multilateration), handover…
Frequency planning and advanced interferences analysis (multiple constraints)
Population Analysis
Area analysis
Polygon analysis
Co-existence between analogue and digital networks
Frequency planning and Spectrum Optimization
SFN and COFDM network planning and optimizing
Point to Point analysis, interference and frequency assignment
Microwave link network design
Point to Multi-point analysis, interference and frequency assignment
Ground satellite stations
Cell planning
Coverage analysis
Interference calculation
Site Validation
Network Analysis
Network Design and Roll-out
Multi-service traffic modeling
Direct calculation modes (profiles, indivisibility, FS calculation, site searching
Full 3D radioplanning
Enhanced prospective planning
Route planning
Area planning
Station and Site parameters optimizing
Site searching (target points, polygons, lines, path)
Network frequency usage
RDS and TDAB code assignment
Physical layer cell identities
Grade of service, Erlang and Throughput maps
Radar interference
Microwave link adaptive modulation support
COFDM enhancement by mixing SFN/MFN networks
Coverage server selector
Station sorting
Vector selection improved
Raster ops: Clutter / Building
Coordinate converter
HCM antenna builder
IRF/NFD calculator
Color mixing preview and 3x3 filters
Sector service area display
Radiated cable support
Station azimuth and tilt optimizing
Satellite interference UL/DL (space ->earth and earth->space)
Neighbor calculation improved (RSRQ checking, inter-networks, ordering)
Threshold limited polygon calculation
Clustering (Smart grids, mesh networks...)
Delay spread, TOA
ICS online
Publish coverage, stations, microwave links, status of service on the web
BRIFIC access
Export Google Earth (composite and site by site coverage)
Vector line milepost (railways, highways)


Powerful LTE planning features:

LTE PCI planning (maximizing and optimizing modes)
LTE RSI planning (maximizing, randomizing and optimizing modes)
LTE Parenting
CQI and throughput mapping support
ICI enhancement
MIMO SD / SU / MU / AAS support
SNIR maps
RSRQ maps
RSRP maps
Maximal and n-maximal RSRP value for each pixel (RSRP coverage analysis /servers/1st, 2nd, 3rd server)
Probability of getting a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function)
Coverage reliability based on RSRP – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e. >=100%)
Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRP value (RSRP coverage analysis /Simultaneous)
Maximal and n-maximal RSRQ value for each pixel (RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)
Probability of given RSRQ value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function + RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)
Coverage reliability based on RSRQ – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e >=100%)
Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRQ value (RSRQ maps/simultaneous servers)
Probability of getting a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (RSRP coverage analysis/Coverage probability…)
Number of sectors with a RSRP value different from serving sector RSRP not more than for a given value (RSRP coverage analysis/Simultaneous different from best server…)
Connectivity report: RSRP, Best server, RSRQ, SNIR PDSCH, SNIR control channel, Throughput / RB
Prospective planning LTE
Parenting LTE: schedulers Rodin Robin, Proportional Fair and Max SNR
Uplink SNIR map (Monte-Carlo and Noise rise methods)
Monte-Carlo (SNIR, RSRP, RSRQ, PUSCH and connect)
User defined SNIR vs Throughput tables (UL and DL)
Reports: QoS, Throughputs…
Full symmetrical and asymmetrical support

Network Modelling:

Includes all technical required parameters (ERP/EIRP, antenna height, channel & frequency, bandwidth, radiation patterns, modulation)
Support multiple bandwidth
Support multiple channels definition
Support Wimax FDD and TDD modes
Support multiple carrier modes
Support FUSC and PUSC modes
Support digital television systems (DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-H, ISDBT, CMMB, DTBM)
Consideration of receiving antenna directivity (ITU 419, OET 69, user defined)
Support analogue television systems (BG, H, I, DK, D, K1, L, N, M)
Support FM mono and stereo systems

Network Planning and Analysis:

Capacity to plan indoor networks based on scanned 2D plans and Shapefile
Network coverage analysis (best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
Interference analysis with support of SNIR interference maps
Automatic frequency assignment
User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
Intermodulation interference restrictions
Various deterministic and empirical algorithm methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo…)
Field strength coverage simulation
Network coverage analysis (composite, best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
Path profile analysis
Interference analysis with support of C/I interference maps
Radio planning criteria are implemented according to ITU standards (ITU-R 412...)
Interference analysis with support of simulcast analogue SFN networks
Interference analysis with support of a combination of both digital MFN & SFN networks
Population analysis (vector, raster, mixed)
Automatic frequency assignment
Interference analysis with support of SNIR interference maps (including adaptive modulation map)
Automatic site seeking functions
Handover analysis

Traffic Analysis:

Multi-service (DL/UL) traffic demand analysis based on the 802.11 standard
Subscriber definition including traffic demand based on service flows
Parenting functions including both service flows and bit rate control (considering adaptive modulation)
Adaptive modulation
Quality of Service analysis
Modelling of user equipment, user profiles, and environment types
Network dimensioning for mixed voice/data according to the traffic distribution

Measurements and drive test data:

Import, display, and analysis of drive test data with all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
Prediction/measurements comparison and analysis
Automatic propagation model tuning
Compatibility of the the tool with key monitoring systems (Rohde & Schwartz, TCI, Thales, and Tadiran)
Import of CSV and XML files



Advanced:


2G:

Traditional models such as COST 231 and Okumura Hata, extended Hata, SUI...
Advanced deterministic model that combines several propagation modeling techniques (ITU-R, diffractions and subpath models):
Very accurate prediction even without any calibration (very useful during the stage of pre design).
Ability to predict indoors, with an advanced indoor algorithm and possibility to define per-clutter propagation characteristics
Support for multiple cell types (fetmo cell, micro cell, macro, repeater…)
Network Modelling
Code planning (BSIC)
Support for GSM, DCS, CDMA, TETRA,and GSM systems
Modelling of GPRS, EDGE, EDGE Evolution
Modelling of Macro, Micro, Pico, indoor cells and repeaters
Support of multi band network-band networks (all the GSM and CDMA bands supported by 3GPP without restriction)
Modeling of concentric cells
Support for frequency hopping
Service Planning and Analysis
Uplink and downlink coverage simulation
Network coverage analysis (composite, best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
Various Monte Carlo features for coverage, interference simulations
Interference analysis with support of TRX type-based (e.g., BCCH, TCH) quality thresholds
Neighbor planning (intra and inter BSC) and handover analysis (with advanced setting)
Traffic demand analysis generated from multiple sources: Vector, clutters, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic and timeslot configurations per TRX
Various Traffic algorithms including Erlang methods (Erlang B, Erlang C…)
Traffic analysis including calculation of KPIs such blocking rate QoS…
Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
Automatic Frequency Planning - AFP
User-definable interference constraints for BCCH and TCH channels
User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
Allocation of frequency hopping parameters
Intermodulation interference restrictions
Capabilities to take into account the neighbor lists of the cells
Various deterministic and empirical algorithm methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo,…)
Automatic Cell Planning - ACP
Antenna parameter optimization (height, azimuth, tilt...)
Automatic site selection of the best candidates according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
Automatic search site according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
Network parameter optimizing in order to increase coverage and capacity
Special ACP function dedicated to the highways, roads and rail tracks (for GSM) for automatic site selection and azimuth optimizing
Monte Carlo features
Area planning: site optimization including priorities and objectives (coverage, overlapping…).
CW measurements, drive test data and KPIs import
Import, display, and analysis of drive test data with all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
Prediction/measurements comparison and analysis
Automatic propagation model tuning
Compatibility of the tool with key monitoring systems (Rohde & Schwartz, TCI, Thales, and Tadiran)
Import of CSV and XML files
Multi RAT (Radio Access Technology) network planning
Multi RAT networks on the same project
Unified network databases (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi…)
Combined Monte Carlo functions
Unified multi-service traffic model
Integrated planning and optimization for 3GPP (GSM/UMTS/LTE) technologies
Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi)
Inter-technology handover modelling (new 3GPP release 12 about LTE <-> Wi-Fi HO included)
Inter-technology interference analysis (with implementation of the protection ratios and interference rejection factors validated in laboratory or provided by standard recommendations):
GSM vs. DCS, GSM vs. GSM, GSM vs. UMTS….GSM vs. LTE). No limitation for the interference mitigation calculation in the 2G bands.

3G:

Traditional models such as COST 231 and Okumura Hata, extended Hata, SUI...
Advanced deterministic model that combines several propagation modeling techniques (ITU-R, diffractions and subpath models) support all the environments (urban, dense urban, rural) with 2D or with high-resolution 3D geodata.
Very accurate prediction even without any calibration (very useful during the stage of pre design).
Ability to predict indoors, with an advanced indoor algorithm and possibility to define per-clutter propagation characteristics
Support for multiple cell types (fetmo cell, micro cell, macro, repeater…)
Network Modelling
Support of FDD and TDD modes
Support of the 3G, 3.5G evolutions (UMTS, HSDPA, Ev-DO, 1xEv-DO)
Support for multiple carriers
Support of all the UTRAN bands specified by 3GPP (without restrictions)
Modelling of Macro, Micro, Pico, indoor cells and repeaters
UMTS equipment modelling including power sharing (Pilot channel, Paging and Synchronization channels)
2G ->3G swap modelling
Service Planning and Analysis
Plot prediction of voice (R99) and data services (R99/HSDPA)
Scrambling code pollution
RSRP Plot predictions
Pilot pollution Plot predictions
Ec/I0 Plot predictions (Including power control features)
HSDPA Plot predictions
Network coverage analysis (best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
Various Monte Carlo features for coverage, interference simulations
Interference analysis
Neighbor planning (Soft/Hard) and handover analysis (Soft/Hard with advanced setting)
PN codes planning
Scrambling codes planning and audit
Traffic Analysis
Multi-service (DL/UL) traffic demand analysis generated from multiple sources: Vector, clutters, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
Modelling of user equipment, user profiles, and environment types
Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic according to the traffic distribution
Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
UMTS Traffic analysis features based on Monte Carlo Method
Automatic Frequency Planning - AFP
User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
Allocation of frequency hopping parameters
Intermodulation interference restrictions
Capabilities to take into account the neighbor lists of the cells
Various deterministic and empirical algorithms methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo…)
CW measurements, drive test data and KPIs import
Import, display, and analysis of drive test data with all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM, XML…)
Prediction/measurements comparison and analysis
Automatic propagation model tuning
Compatibility of the tool with key monitoring systems (Rohde & Schwartz, TCI, Thales, and Tadiran)
Import of CSV and XML files
Multi RAT (Radio Access Technology) network planning
Multi RAT networks on the same project
Unified network databases (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi…)
Combined Monte Carlo functions
Unified multi-service traffic model (EDGE, WiFI, UMTS, LTE)
Integrated planning and optimization for 3GPP (GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/WiFi/LTE) technologies
Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi)
Inter-technology handover modelling (new 3GPP release 12 about LTE <-> Wi-Fi HO included)
Inter-technology interference analysis (with implementation of the protection ratios and interference rejection factors validated in laboratory or provided by standard recommendations):
UMTS vs. GSM, UMTS vs DCS, UMTS vs. LTE). No limitation for the interference mitigation calculation in the 3G bands.

4G:

Traditional models such as COST 231, Okumura Hata, Extended Hata...
LTE 3GPP models
Advanced deterministic model that combines several propagation modeling techniques (ITU-R, diffractions and subpath models)
Very accurate prediction even without any calibration (very useful during the stage of pre design).
Ability to predict indoors, with an advanced indoor algorithm and possibility to define per-clutter propagation characteristics
Support for multiple cell types (fetmo cell, micro cell, macro, repeater…)
3D models for urban center
Network Modelling
Support of all the carrier bandwidths (1.4MHz, 3MHz, 5MHz, 10MHz, 15MHz, 20MHz)
Support FDD and TDD modes
Support of 4G OFDMA for Downlink and SC-OFDM for Uplink
Support Frame structure (Type 1 and Type 2)
Support Cyclic prefix (Normal CP and Extended CP)
Modelling of Macro, Micro, Pico, Fetmo, indoor cells and repeaters
Support all the transmission modes defined by the 3GPP (Open loop MIMO spatial multiplexing, Open loop Transmit diversity, Multiple User MIMO…)
Support of the adaptive switching between the standards transmission modes
4G equipment modelling including predefined (or user-definable) power sharing (RS, PCFICH, PBCH, PDCCH, PDSCH)
Support of the PRACH (Various formats)
Support of the PUSCH channel
Support of the ICIC scheme
Service Planning and Analysis
RSRP coverage simulation
RSRP coverage analysis (composite, best server, second best server...overlapping, best server + offset…)
Various Monte Carlo features for coverage, traffic and interference simulations
Plot predictions for RSRQ
RSRQ Interference analysis
Interference Plot predictions: SNIR (PDSCH), SNIR (Control channels)…
Uplink and downlink quality prediction plot (SNIR)
Uplink and downlink subscriber throughput prediction plot
Neighbor planning and handover analysis (with advanced setting)
Aggregate throughput prediction plot (SNIR vs Throughputs curves from market vendors are implemented)
QCI plot coverage (Priority bearers)
Traffic Analysis
Multi-service (2D & 3D) traffic demand analysis generated from multiple sources: Vector, clutters, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
Traffic analysis based on the standard 4G Schedulers (Rodin Robin, Max SNIR, and Proportional Fair)
Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic and timeslot configurations per TRX
Monte Carlos simulation in terms of cell throughput
Traffic analysis including calculation of KPIs such blocking rate QoS…
Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
Automatic Frequency Planning - AFP
User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
Frequency reuse of N (N=1, 3)
Fractional Frequency reuse
Soft Frequency Reuse
Inter-cell Interference Coordination ICIC schemes
Intermodulation interference restrictions
Capabilities to take into account the neighbor lists of the cells
Various deterministic and empirical algorithms methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo…)
Automatic Cell Planning - ACP
Antenna parameter optimization (height, azimuth, tilt...)
Automatic site selection of the best candidates according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
Automatic search site according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
Network parameter optimizing in order to increase coverage and capacity (for existing network)
Special ACP function dedicated to the 4G and used to find the best 4G new sites to improve DL/UL threshold requirements and traffic demand.
Various Monte Carlo features to simulate the main 4G KPIs (DL/UL RSRP, RSRQ, SNIR PSCH…)
Automatic PCI planning for the whole network (Reservation of a range of PCI for future network expansion or introduction of Femto cells)
RACH preamble planning (Root Sequence Index) with various methods
CW measurements, drive test data and KPIs import
Import, display, and analysis of drive test data with all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
Prediction/measurements comparison and analysis
Automatic propagation model tuning
Multi RAT (Radio Access Technology) network planning
Multi RAT networks on the same project
Unified network databases (2G, 3G, 4G,WiFi…)
Combined Monte Carlo functions
Unified multi-service traffic model
Integrated planning and optimization for 3GPP (4G/3G/4G) technologies
Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi)
Inter-technology handover modelling: 4G<-> 4G; 4G<-> 3G; 4G <-> 2G (including the new 3GPP release 12, 4G <-> Wi-Fi HO feature)
Inter-technology interference analysis (with implementation of the protection ratios and interference rejection factors validated in laboratory or provided by standard recommendations):
4G vs.4G, 4G vs. 2G, 4G vs. 3G….4G vs. 4G). No limitation for the interference mitigation calculation in the 2G bands.
Other possible interference calculations: 4G vs DVB-T

Microwave links:

Backhauling, Backbone, Mesh, SDH, PDH, Short links
Path budget
Threshold degradation
Multipath
Ellipsoid clearance
Multi-K factors
Reliability
Objective and performance
Throughputs
Adaptive modulation
Space diversity
Frequency diversity
ITU-R 530, Barnett Vigant,Siemens
Protection area
I/N, C/N+I, C/I, TD, Spurious
NFD convolution products from ETSI .ts and .rif files
Frequency plans, list and frequency bands
Reporting
Batch mode
Multi-resolutions (up to 0.1 m Building / DTM / Clutter)
Loss, Nloss, Reflection, Absorption, Troposcattering, Ducting
Parity check
Full 3D modelling (>= 0.1 m resolution)
RPE (antenna) database
ITU-R patterns
Enhanced cross-polar calculation
Display link status (margin, threshold degradation...)
IRF from NFD, TS/RIF, C/I required
Equipment database
Cox and Feeder database
Antenna database
Mux database
Optimizing (height of pylon, Power)
SQL database (MWx64) online and offline
Frequency assignment
Interference calculation

Antennas:

2D, 3D, RPE, ITU-R recs, FCC, HCM, multi-resolutions
Electrical and mechanical tilt support, rotary, circular, elliptical
Polarization: H, V, C, M, X-pol, X-pol enhanced
Formats: ADF 2D, ADF RPE, ADW, MSI, PLT, SPH, SPV, NSMA, FCC, Ascii grid (3D), Antios (3D), DIA, H, V
2D/3D converter, symmetry, interpolation, HCM builder, HCM matching, rotation, auto-increment, user drawing, selector
Units: dB linear, dB, %
Aperture, crossover distance, splitted and non-splitted antennas
ITU-R: GE84, APS7, 419, 1213, 1326, 1428, 1851, 465, 580, 694, 1245, 699, 672, 647, GXT support
FCC: OET69
Type: STD, SU-MIMO SD, SU-MIMO SM, MU-MIMO, SIMO, AAS
Reference: Isotropic, Dipole, short vertical (50 and 75 ohms)

Cartography:

Layers: DTM, DEM, Indoor plan, Clutter, Buildings, Offline maps (.IMG simple map, .RIM compressed map, .MIM multi-tiled map), Online (Bing maps, Google maps, Geospatial maps, WMS and WMTS Geoportals, Open Street Map, Inspire cadaster), Multi-maps and multi-resolutions (DTM, Clutter, Buildings, Maps, Aerials)
Vectors (line, rectangle, circle, polygon, point, text-address)
Population raster maps.
Import/Export: Shapefile, MID/MIF, WFT, Google Earth, TIFF, BIL, PNG, JPEG, BMP, ASCII GRID, TXT, ICS online, XML
Coordinates: Real time coordinates, MGRS, BNGR, INGR, DMS, DEC, METER, More than 1 000 projections and Datum, Converter, Batch converter, Declination, Import/Export, Real-time geocoding (Map, Coverage)
Geocoding (DTM, DEM, Buildings, Clutter)
Automatic address updater, address finder, address/coordinates converter
Map: Vector to Raster, Vectorize coverage, Address finder, Filters, Border, Combinations, Editing
Real time profile, Grid, Active view, Distance units, Scale, Palettes (fixed, adaptive, user defined), Clutter legend, Cut map (disk and memory), Sampling
Map tiling, World Wide Builder (DTM and Clutter worldwide access), Indoor project builder, Clutter and Building generator (from Shapefile, OSM and CLC)
Map resolution: From 0.1 meter to 10 000 meters
2D and 3D display
Print: layout, scaling, tiling, legend, logos. Batch mode, preview, caching

Propagation (Indoor, Outdoor, Mix Indoor/Outdoor):

Base model: Fresnel, Wojnar, ITU-R 370, ITU-R 525, ITU-R 526, ITU-R 1225, ITU-R 1546, ITU-R 1546 fast (Broadcast), ITU-R 1812, Medium Wave, 3GPP LTE, SUI, Okumura-Hata, Davidson, Hata-Cost, Extended Hata - SEAMCAT, Cost open, Walfisch-Ikegami / Cost 231, Durkin, ITU-R 435, ITU-R 1147, African Broadcasting, FCC 98, Egli, ITM 122, ITM NTIA, ITU-R 452.
Diffraction: Deygout 66, Deygout 91, Deygout 94, Bullington, Delta-Bullington, Lateral diffraction, Spherical wave, Standard-RM
Abnormal propagation: Troposcattering ITU-R 617, Ducting, Worldwide and User defined DLN maps, Conductivity maps.
Climate: Gazeous attenuations ITU-R 1820 and ITU-R 676, Fog ITU-R 840, Rain and snow ITU-R 530 ITU-R 837 ITU-R 838 ESA and user defined maps, RMS wave heights, K factors, Isotherm definition, Scintillation.
Visibility, Ellipsoid clearance, Time variability
Reliability calculations ITU-R 530, Siemens, Vigants, Crane,
2D reflections, 3D lambertian reflections, 3D specular reflections, 3D indoor/outdoor, Reflection coefficients
Absorption, Mix absorption/diffraction, CCIR clutter attenuations, TSB-88 clutter attenuations, User defined clutter attenuations (dB, dB/km), Clutter heights, Indoor material attenuations, Indoor tunnel, Slope model coefficients.UK rain zones
Support ITU-R M1142-2 and ITU-R M1141-2

Databases:

SQL tables: Stations, Station links, Microwave links, Equipment
SQL azure tables: Stations, Microwave links
Internal tables: Stations, Station links, Microwave links, Equipment, Antennas (2D, 3D, RPE), Subscribers, Frequency plans, Frequency bands, Frequency groups, Tx/Rx parameters, Feeders, Sites, Users, Satellites, Documents (all formats: video, audio, text, image), Bearings, D.F localizations, NFD, Propagation models, Icons.
XML: Stations, Microwave links, Trajectories, Station links.
XLS template reports
ODBC support (MS Access, Oracle, SQL server, SQL lite)

Frequency assignment:

Adaptive algorithms
C/I, C/N+I and TD modes
Maximize frequency usage
Full automatic mode (global, by area, by constraint list)
Semi-automatic mode: frequency selector
Interference objectives (wanted and unwanted)
Surface interference factors (Clutter weights)
Frequency bands
Frequency list
Frequency groups
Frequency plans
Exclusion list
Polarization assignment
Intermodulation
Constraint diagrams: Distances, Neighbor stations, Sectors, Best server related, Clutter filter, User defined
Re-ordering stations: Frequency isolation, Sector, Coverage size
Methods: Monte-Carlo, Iterative, Sequential, Exhaustive
Multi-channels
Constraints by distances, Delta F, Intermodulation, Polarizations, Sectors, Tx/Rx channels, Neighbor list, various codes
Rx antenna discrimination
Interference global / server
Virtual mode based on Delta F
Multi-resolution matrix
Coverage selector
Threshold limited coverage
Extended radius limited coverage
Overlapping frequency reuse
Spacing fixed, reversed and minimum
Pilot channel assignment
Traffic channel assignment
Multi-C/I and IRF

Microwave links:

C/I and TD modes
Check parities
Frequency plans
Frequency list
Frequency bands
Exclusion list
Polarization assignment
Frequency pair switch
Constraints by distances, co-site, delta F, various codes
Space and frequency diversity

P2P:

TD mode
Frequency plans
Frequency bands
Frequency list
Exclusion list
Multi-channels
Intermodulation
Polarization assignment
Methods: Monte-Carlo, Iterative and Sequential
Threshold degradation set-up
SFN
Constraints by distances, co-site, Delta F, Polarizations, Angular sector, various codes

P2MP:

C/I, C/N+I and TD modes
Frequency bands
Exclusion list
Polarization assignment
Site sector switch
Multi-channels
Constraints by distances, Angular sector, Delta F, various codes

GUI:

Menu and popup-menu configuration
Project preferences
Techno profiles
Multi-languages (user defined translations)
Reference units: distance (m, km, nm, ft.…), transmitted and received power, antenna and field strength
User defined labels, icons, reports, control grids, listings and XLS templates.


Recommended configuration:

Memory: 8 GB and more
Storage: 500 GB
Hard drive: SSD 256 GB
Internet access (Map access, ICS online)
Processor: x64 multicore
Graphic card: 2GB, OpenGL compatible, Full HD (1920*1080)
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 (x64 and x86)

Support:

Windows Vista (32 bits and 64 bits versions)
Win32 Wrapper (legacy libraries)
Citrix, Active Directory
Ansi and Unicode
Multi-languages
User translations (Ascii file)
Parallelism (64 bits versions)
Multi-processing (32 and 64 bits versions)
News

Gallery

3D Buldings



Buildings


 3D digital terrain model


Clutter layer


Correlation


Coverage 1


Coverage 2


Coverage LTE


LTE network


LTE functions


SNIR map


COFDM


DEM


GSMR


Indoor coverage


Multilateration


Monte Carlo


Microwave links


Multi maps


Path profile


Project


Radiated cable


Report


Root Sequence Index


Satellite


Traffic analysis


Zoom airport zone


Zoom town
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Bing Maps integration in ATDI radio planning tools

High flexibility of the tool:

  • All the LTE features and modules (especially ACP functions) in ICS designer are available in the standard version. There is no additional costs for extra modules.
  • Various mobile network systems (2G/3G/WiFi/HSDPA) can be supported and simulated in the same project:  Very useful for multi traffic layers analysis (especially between LTE , 3G/HSDPA and Wi-Fi) and HOT spot optimisation:
  • Allows to performs all the inter system band mitigation analysis (especially 2G band ->3G/LTE band).
  • Very useful for multi traffic layers analysis (especially between LTE, 3G/HSDPA and Wi-Fi)
  • Allows to perform LTE <-> Wi-Fi HO (3GPP release 12)
  • Flexibility of the tool: All the radio configurations can be configured manually ->There is no frequency bands, EARFCN, bandwidth limitation.

 

Exclusive and advanced  optimization algorithms:

ATDI is constantly focuses on the innovation of their optimization algorithms. Most of the proposed algorithms are unique and take into account the constraints of computing time and expectations of optimization objectives. ATDI  constantly focuses on the innovation of their solutions. Most of the proposed optimization algorithms are unique and takes into account the constraints of computing time, the expectations of optimization objectives in order to computes realistic results. ATDI has a long experience about the reconfiguration networks and the QoS requirements. A typical example is the algorithm used for the “Son optimization”  feature in charge  to improve RSRP best server and SNIR levels. This module unlike those offered by other tools ensures optimization without QoS degradation and with acceptable time duration.

 

Pioneer in the cellular  (2G/3G/4G) fields strength exposures analysis and network reconfiguration:

The ATDI’s work focus on the cellular network tuning and reconfiguration (COPIC study)

In 2009 ATDI has been chosen for the “world first” technical study (in France) to evaluate the changes to the live network in order to meet an exposure given threshold (in this case 0.6 V / m) while retaining the original coverage and QoS. This study was a “world first” technical study since it combines field measurements and modeling of 2G, 3G/HSDPA and 4G cellular networks in more than 14 French cities including all the national French mobile operators (ORANGE, SFR, BOUYGUES TELECOM and FREE)  that represents more than 15 000 GSM/UMTS/HSDPA cells. These study aims to provide technical recommendations to reconfigure the 2G/3G networks to assure target coverage and QoS especially in the indoor areas with a minimum of site. After this study , ATDI have developed innovate solutions to help the user to insure a new reconfiguration network.

LTE10

Pioneer in the expertise of  LTE /Inter-system coexistence issues

Since 2010, ATDI has been chosen by several operators and regulators over the world to evaluate the impact of the coexistence between DVB-T and LTE (UHF bands) networks .

In France,  ATDI have evaluate for Bouygues Telecom Mobiles  (The third mobile network operator in France) the whole french population interfered  in the 786 MHz band. Several mobile network operators have awarded ATDI  the refarming band study (2G and 3G) of their networks. most of those studies have been validated by field measurements and laboratory tests.

 

Capabilities to import various of live data measurements:

ATDI developed since twenty years their own advanced deterministic propagation models

ICS designer ATDI is the only tool to provide various LTE  propagation models (without extra module or cost):

  • Traditional models (Empirical: COST 231)
  •  LTE 3GPP models
  • Advanced deterministic model that combines several propagation modeling techniques (ITU-R, diffractions and subpath models). Regarding to the deterministic model in ICS Designer:
    • This model supports all the environments (urban, dense urban, rural) with 2D or with high-resolution 3D geodata.
    • It supports a large frequency band (from 50 MHz – 450 GHz)
    • Very accurate prediction even without any calibration (very useful during the stage of pre design).
    • Ability to predict indoors, with an advanced indoor algorithm and possibility to define per-clutter propagation characteristics
    • Support for multiple cell types (Femtocell, micro cell, macro, repeater…)
    • 3D models for urban center are implemented.
    • 3D coverage for field strength exposure calculation  available in the tool
    • All the empirical and deterministic models can be automatically calibrated from field measurements.

     

     

  •  Advanced LTE HeNB Optimization module (feature improving 4G coverage and capacity indoors and at hotspots via the use of HeNBs )
  • SON handover algorithms between eNBs and HeNBs to intelligently reduce the unnecessary handovers.
  • TDD DL-UL interference mitigation with deterministic evaluation (3GPP TR 36.828)
  • Automatic reconfiguration of the existing LTE network via the use of HeNBs (reduce the number of eNBs and/or optimize the eNBs configuration after adding HeNBs)

 

Optimization of the RSRQ and SNIR levels (example):

Scope: Reduce the inter site interference by reducing the RSRP pollution effects

The goal of this function is to optimize the RRSP coverage by reducing the resurgences of RSRP signals (best server coming from a far eNB and likely to create interference) and at the same time avoid RSRP degradation (or at least acceptable degradation) of the RSRP service area of the eNBs. In the end of the calculation the ACP function will compute the best eNBs’ configuration (Antenna type and/or Azimuth and/or tilt and/or Height and/or transmitted Power).

NON-RECURSIVE Algorithm used by this function:

The user must to define for each eNB the maximum cell coverage distance. This distance is used to evaluate the limit cell edge of the eNB and to determinate the coverage range to do not exceed (limit of the wanted RSRP best server area). A circle or polygon around each eNB is generated with the following assumptions

-       The wanted best server areas of the eNB (in other words, all the service area of the eNB except the resurgence area). The RSRP coverage inside this area must be not degraded.

-       The not desired RSRP best server area (or unwanted best server) considered as a far signal and as a resurgence area. This unwanted coverage will be the best server coverage outside the limit distance of the eNB.

The tool will compute the best configuration (Antenna type and/or Azimuth and/or tilt and/or Height and/or transmitted Power) in order to reduce the “not desired best server area” and avoiding a degradation of the wanted best server area. In final, this optimization process will allow to reduce the RSRP pollution effects and increase the global SNIR performance of the network without degradation of the existing RSRP KPI. The optimization function takes into account a “Tolerance %” criterion in order to define the maximum degradation to do not exceed inside the “optim distance”.

In the following example, ICS designer will determinate the best mechanical down tilt to apply in order to keep just the wanted RSRP best server area and remove the unwanted RSRP best server coverage:

SNIR PDSCH >= -5dB before optimization

optim1

SNIR PDSCH >= -5dB after optimization

optim2