In: Services 11 Mar 2014 Tags: , , , ,

Wind power and air transport are being helped to coexist through a decision by air traffic controllers that opens the door to an expansion of green energy.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has agreed to modify two radar systems so that they are free from any potential interference from wind farm turbines. The contract for the work with Raytheon has just been announced and NATS intends the project to be complete within two years.

“The timing is quite interesting,” notes ATDI managing director Peter Paul. “Mindful that the original discussions about this took place in 2008, there are voices in the industry who have suggested that the modifications should already be operational. But, I am aware that NATS has only recently found a funding source for the work.

“The most important aspect, though, is that NATS’ willingness to undertake these modifications removes another stumbling block to the growth of wind farms and that is something ATDI has felt strongly about since our first involvement with the green energy sector many years ago.”

ATDI has worked extensively with wind farm developers to ensure proposed new turbines pass smoothly through the local planning process. Objectors regularly cite the fact that the rotation of the turbine tips can make nearby radars show a false position for aircraft through the generation of clutter. ATDI’s work has involved planning and modelling the proposed wind farms to establish whether they do actually have a potential to cause interference. If the farm does not have an impact, ATDI’s definitive statement of the fact has been valuable to developers in their discussions with planning officials; if the new development could have an effect on radar systems, ATDI has presented a range of  mitigation techniques.

“The modification of the affected radars is one option that is always available to obviate problems,” Peter comments. “Clearly, NATS feels that is worth doing to pave the way for the next generation of green energy.”

The contract to complete the modifications follows last month’s agreement between NATS and developers SSE and Vattenfall to fund the work; NATS estimates the modifications will unlock up to 2.2GW of potential new wind energy across the UK.

Andy Sage, NATS head of information, says: “Once we secured the funding for the work, we wanted to move as soon as possible to delivery because we know how important this is to the wind industry and in helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets.”




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In: Press releases, Products 19 Feb 2014 Tags: , ,


Krasnodar Radio Transmitting Center, affiliate of Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) used ICS telecom for planning the broadcast network covering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and especially the Mountain Cluster, which is the most complex from radio propagation modelling point of view.


About RTRS : Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network is unitary enterprise that was created on August 13, 2001 by a decree of Russian Federation. RTRS owns 14,478 television transmitters (90.9% of the total number) and 3,697 radio transmitters (89.6% of the total number).


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In: Products 15 Jan 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New in ICS telecom Version 12.5.0

      • Propagation model ITU-R 1546-5
      • Propagation model ITU-R 452-15
      • Propagation model ITU-R 1812-3
      • Propagation model ITU-R 526-13
      • Propagation model ITU-R 530-15
      • Ultra-fast SM 1009 (< 5 sec)
      • New Delta-UFS reports
      • New library (MW equipments, Feeders, Coax, Frequency plans, RPEs, Antennas, Ts/Rif, NFD…)
      • Microwave link interference: TS/RIF convolution product on the fly (Net filter discrimination)
      • New audit functions (2G/3G/4G)
      • New print layout
      • Google Map, Bing Map, Open Street Map, Inspire, Geoportals (EPSG 3857, 102113, 3785, 900913, 4326): faster real-time geocoding, map updates, reports…
      • Clutter and Building layer builders
      • Export coverage in WKT (Cloud databases)
      • Spatial queries (SQL)
      • 3D Human hazard (exposure)
      • Enhanced Smart Grid automatic planning
      • WFS support (ICS online)
      • 3D vector layer
      • Coordination with aeronautical radionavigation radar in the 2.7 GHz band
      • White-spaces:

White space map calculation (multi-technologies):
. Devices or Routers vs Licensed service areas (C/I mode)
. Licensed services vs Devices or Routers (IRF and C/I modes)
. Licensed services vs earth Satellite Rx (GSO, NGSO, Constellations)
. Devices vs Devices or Routers vs Routers or Devices vs Routers (IRF mode)
. Devices or Routers vs Polygons or Routes (PFD)



From UKPM files (from 0.01 m to 100 m resolution)
. LTE vs DTT
. WSD vs DTT
. Multiple log-normal signal calculator (Schwartz & Yeh / Fenton-Wilkinson)
. UKPM household automatic update
. Up to 100 000 interferers (base stations) by DTT channel
. Up to 2 000 000 interferers (WSDs) by DTT channels


WSD vs DTT features:
. Large choice of propagation models
. Multiple resolution maps (from 0.01 m to 1000 m)
. White-space devices: Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
. Rejection: ETSI EN 301 598
. Household distribution
. WSD distribution
. DTT white-space maps
. TVWS availability maps (C/I, permitted power levels)
. Spurious emissions
. Interference analysis: Multiple scenarios
. Rx antenna discrimination (ITU-R 419, OET69, User defined) (DTT user)
. Automatic DTT selection
. Foreign DTT transmitters
. Offline and Online Worldwide database (Location, Channels, Power levels, WSD classes)
. Export WMAS (Google map, Bing Map, OSM) or EPSG:4326
. Web services

Export data formats:
. Matrices (form 0.01 m to 1000 m resolution)





Coordination with aeronautical radionavigation radar in the 2.7 GHz band


OMAN – DTT White-Space map – Channel 28



Install note relative to the new library

Tip to upgrade Shared Equipment Databases (versions 18.4.7 – 12.4.7 – 3.4.7):

1 – Exit the application
2 – Copy all database files (.MWE, .ANT, .NFD…) to the root of the default directory (such as “C:\ATDI\ICS telecom x64\Base”)
3 – Start the application
4 – Copy the entire contents of the base directory (files and subdirectories) in the new shared folder.
5 – Change the directory that contains the database files with the “Database/Other databases/Location…” feature
All database files are now available in the shared folder.

Note: .TS and RIF files must be created or moved in the Base\TSR folder.


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