RF Planning

The RF planning function gives the user the ability to make RF predictions based on the 3D terrain data. It will predict the RF propagation based on a simple line of sight Free Space Path Loss algorithm. It can be used to plan trailer moves for best coverage, and as a troubleshooting tool to narrow down and eliminate RF black spots.

RF Plans are made up of a collection of RF Transmitters. When you create a new RF Plan you can choose to pre-populate it with RF Transmitters based on a few options.

Coverage Layer Types

There are several Coverage Layer Types available to the user.

  • RSSI - This generates a 'stepped' RSSI map with three colour tiers.
  • RSSI Gradient - This generates a 'gradient' RSSI map with a smooth transition of RSSI colours.
  • Overlaps - This is coloured by frequency/channel and is black where there is an overlap of any RF.
  • Same Channel Overlaps - This is coloured by frequency/channel and is black where there is an overlap of RF of the same frequency.

If you wish to see a legend showing the colours of your generated Coverage Layer, click the legend button on the Coverage Layer once you've generated it.

The legend button is the four horizontal lines.

This will show you the colour mappings for your coverage layer.

Main RF Planning Panel

There are a few main buttons that are available on the RF Planning panel.

  • On-Click Mode - This enables 'On-Click' RF Planning. When On-Click mode is enabled, click anywhere on the map to create an RF plan using the On-Click RF Transmitter. Hold ctrl and click to generate multiple.
  • Edit On-Click RF Transmitter - This allows you to edit the transmitter used for On-Click RF planning.
  • Create new RF Plan - This creates a new RF Plan and saves it to your user profile. The RF Plan can be pre-populated with RF Transmitters in the panel that pops up when you click this button.
  • Generate Coverage - Generates a Coverage Layer for all RF Transmitters in the selected RF Plan.
  • Add/Edit Transmitters - This button lets you add transmitters to the map, or move and edit existing transmitters.
  • Edit Transmitter Template - This allows you to edit the template RF Transmitter. This template is what any new transmitters that are added to the map are based off. If you're going to be adding a large number of similar transmitters, edit this first.
  • Transmitter List - This button shows you a list of your RF Transmitters and allows double-clicking to pan to the transmitter, or editing/deleting the transmitter.



RF Transmitters

The RF Transmitter panel is able to be opened in several ways:

  • Right clicking on an RF Transmitter then clicking 'Edit RF Transmitter' in the context menu
  • Left clicking on an RF Transmitter when in 'Add/Edit Transmitters' mode
  • Clicking 'Edit RF Transmitter' in the infobox when an RF Transmitter is selected

The RF Transmitter panel has a number of options that can be configured at a per-transmitter level.

  • Name - This is the name of the RF Transmitter being configured.
  • Asset - If an asset is selected the location of this RF Transmitter is locked to that asset.
  • Radio - If a radio is selected the Tx Power and frequency of this RF Transmitter are locked to that radio.
  • Latitude - The latitude of the RF Transmitter (not editable if an asset is selected)
  • Longitude - The longitude of the RF Transmitter (not editable if an asset is selected)
  • TX Power (mW) - The Tx Power in milliwatts of the RF Transmitter (not editable if a radio is selected)
  • TX Power (dBm) - The Tx Power in dBm of the RF Transmitter (not editable if a radio is selected)
  • RF Freq (Mhz) - The RF Frequency of the RF Transmitter (not editable if a radio is selected)
  • Tx Height (Meters) - The transmitter height in meters
  • Rx Height (Meters) - The receiver height in meters
  • Tx Gain (dB) - The transmitter total gain in dB
  • Rx Gain (dB) - The receiver total gain in dB
  • RSSI Cutoff (dB) - RSSI levels lower than this cutoff will not be rendered as part of the RF Coverage Layer for this RF Transmitter
  • Transmitter Type - This has three options
  • Horizontal Angle (0° to 360°) - [Beam & Ant File only] The horizontal direction angle in degrees
  • Downtilt (-90° to 90°) - [Beam & Ant File only] The downtilt angle in degrees (negative points further up, positive points further down)
  • Beam Width (0° to 360°) - [Beam Only]The beam width angle in degrees
  • Beam Height (0° to 180°) - [Beam Only] The beam height angle in degrees
  • Select Ant File - [ANT File Only] This field allows the user to select or upload an ANT v3 File for use as the RF Propagation pattern