iBwave, maybe greatest recognized for its indoor community planning instruments, is within the midst of widening its goal market to deal with campus networks and public security, in addition to non-public networks, and transfer past the community planning market.
As a part of these efforts, iBwave is launching a brand new cellular community survey software right this moment that helps public security (particularly, P25 radio) and LTE networks and leverages a palm-sized RF scanner, developed by Epiq Applied sciences, which attaches to the bottom of an Android smartphone.
“Present scanner instruments are sometimes advanced to make use of and heavy on the price range,” mentioned Jamie Birdnow, senior VP of business operations at iBwave. “It’s additionally a problem for our clients to share essential survey information successfully with the design crew as a result of they’re typically utilizing scanner instruments not absolutely appropriate with our design software program. We need to present a extra seamless method for them to handle your complete survey and design lifecycle – which is why we’ve launched a easy, inexpensive and seamless survey resolution with our seamless integration
to the Epiq Options’ Prism scanner.”
iBwave, which was acquired by Corning in 2015, dominates the community planning house and commenced a extra decided pursuit of the general public security market about two years in the past, in line with iBwave Director of Enterprise Options Basile Giese. Now, he says, the corporate plans to leverage its robust place in public security community planning to pursue the community surveying market with the built-in Epiq scanner resolution.
He factors out that whereas there are public security communication networks around the globe, the marketplace for testing such networks is pushed by a given nation’s rules; U.S. necessities round in-building public security protection implies that the majority of the testing market is within the U.S. Constructing house owners should certify to native authorities that they meet a jurisdiction’s particular guidelines round in-building P25 protection metrics, and this implies they should have a community survey—which additionally must be re-confirmed over time, normally yearly.
Giese mentioned that iBwave community planning information are sometimes already utilized in that course of, however normally with a third-party scanner that isn’t built-in with iBwave’s planning app and is a bigger and dearer piece of kit that may decide up P25 alerts (since smartphones don’t assist these). The brand new resolution not solely provides a small scanner that has a spread from 70 MHz to six GHz, it makes it simpler to travel between the community plan and the precise RF survey, staying inside the iBwave consumer interface, to establish points if protection doesn’t match as much as expectations.
The community surveying set-up makes use of an Android smartphone outfitted with an iBwave app, a small exterior antenna and Epiq’s Prism scanner connected to the cellphone again by a magnetic strip. It’s “very small, very gentle and really succesful,” Giese says. The set-up permits customers to take photos, add notes or drop geolocated push-pins the encompassing atmosphere for LTE mobile KPIs in addition to get P25 sign info on band, channel, wide-area community (WACN), RF subsystem (RFSS), system ID, acquired sign energy and bit error fee. As well as, the unobtrusive measurement and undeniable fact that it makes use of a traditional smartphone implies that it’s much less more likely to be a magnet for constructing customers who could be alarmed by a walk-tester shifting by a constructing with a heftier scanner set-up, Giese provides.
Whereas the answer is launching with assist for P25 and LTE, iBwave plans to broaden that briefly order. “We begin with public security, nevertheless it’s not going to be restricted to public security,” Giese mentioned, happening to say that iBwave plans so as to add sub-6 GHz 5G assist to the set-up within the coming months.
iBwave additionally hopes to disrupt the community surveying market on price-point with the brand new resolution, Giese mentioned. A big, conventional RF scanner for networks can value $30,000 to $50,000, he says — and this one will value lower than $10,000. Whereas it may not do sign acquisition quick sufficient to say, be utilized in freeway drive checks, it fits the indoor constructing atmosphere completely when it comes to value and capabilities, Giese added.
“The innovation that has probably the most likelihood to work is the one the place you’re going to save prices to your clients,” he mentioned.