The regulation of radiocommunications is challenging. Commonly termed spectrum management, its’ structure varies widely across the globe. Some countries still practice ‘command and control’ of their spectrum resources, while others leave the market to make its own decisions. Often, spectrum regulation is a mix of the two.
Some spectrum is designated license-exempt, the so-called spectrum commons. Some is designated light touch, where the regulator passively monitors use. Other spectrum is auctioned off to the highest bidder. While some remains under command and control with price used as an incentive to promote effective use.
Spectrum management is ATDI core business: the company offers both software to facilitate regulation and consultancy services to enable regulators and operators to make informed decisions.
The ATDI suite of tools include: a set of desktop tools operating under client-server architecture; a range of tools for embedding into other systems; and a range of web-based utilities that provide specific spectrum management services.
Added to this are is ATDI consultancy services. ATDI relies on a team of highly skilled engineers, whose experience ranges from writing a user requirement definition for a battlespace spectrum management system to civil spectrum management systems; and they have implemented these systems across regulators, deploying and integrating software into existing systems for billing, contact management and accounts.
They have implemented FAT (frequency allocation table), EFIS (European frequency information system) and other portals allowing service access from regulators’ web sites; and ATDI engineers have trained regulators’ personnel in every aspect of spectrum management, its processes and the engineering aspects of the work.
ATDI is the spectrum management company.
Requirement specification: ATDI supports customers by ensuring their needs are identified and supplies goods and services to suit. Frequently, ATDI follows one of the classic software project life cycles where the first task is to develop a requirements’ specification using business process engineering techniques. Following that, ATDI regularly supplies a mix of off-the-shelf and custom software.
Implementation: ATDI software applications are compatible with Windows operating systems. Installation is straightforward. Customers with extensive data records are supported throughout the implementation phase with migration to the new system or interfacing the data in its existing location.
Training: Training is key to the successful implementation of a system. ATDI establishes a staff development programme to meet the needs of the intended users. They will work to ensure that these needs are satisfied using a mixture of application and technology training, direct assistance and technical support.
Support: Front line support is essential to ensure that customers get the best out of their system. ATDI offers telephone and email support, user group symposia, on-site visits and enhanced training to support users as they advance their skills.
In addition, ATDI offers:
- Web services
- Web portals
- Data migration
- White-Space Device database
- White-space availability maps (WMTS)
• ICS telecom EV allows engineers to plan and model radiocommunications networks efficiently and to manage network development. Technology-neutral, ICS telecom also supports spectrum management.
• ICS manager is a spectrum management database tool, which suports organizations responsible for the management of spectrum blocks. It manages sites, equipment, licenses and fees.
• Spectrum E: Spectrum engineering online