Emergency Services

First Responders Network Analysis

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EXata is the perfect tool for simulating an emergency communications network and performing “what-if” analysis as towers fail and power outages bring nodes down. It has the benefit of performing analysis and verifying competing equipment suppliers’ claims before making a substantial investment in network infrastructure, thus paying for itself many times over. It can optimize the locations of antennas taking into account terrain and urban environments. It also includes tools that are affected by degraded network performance.

Pinellas County, FL was evaluating proposals to replace an aging radio communications network used by their emergency response personnel with a new advanced 802.16-based mesh system that utilized the 4.9 and 5.8 GHz spectrum and determined EXata was the best product for the project. SCALABLE performed network modeling and simulation for Pinellas County’s unique, integrated high-speed emergency response network. The High Speed Data Communications System (HSDCS) addressed the need for interoperable communications among Public Safety First Responders, and allow them to directly access their data networks, communications centers, sensors, and other sensitive information that is critical in responding to emergencies and natural disasters. SCALABLE developed models that predicted the performance of competing mobile and fixed vendor technologies utilizing the 4.9 GHz Public Safety and 5.9 GHz Intelligent Transportation Systems bands. These models included wireless mesh (802.11s) and WAVE (wireless access in vehicular environments) (802.11p). The simulated results were validated against measured performance of prototype installations of candidate systems and showed excellent correlation. Real-time emulation performed in EXata showed that significant cost savings could accrue to the county if nodes were deployed as per results predicted by the detailed simulation, rather than vendor recommendations which were over engineered.

Network Planning Framework to Support Mobile Communications

Integrated Planning of Tactical, Test Support, and Tactical Engagement Networks (IPT3N) can be used to automatically determine suitable tower locations based on the terrain and channel characteristics to create a LTE network layout to provide coverage to the area of interest while minimizing the amount of interference. Watch the webinar to learn:

  • Setting up test networks cost-effectively and efficiently using Integrated Planning of Tactical, Test Support, and Tactical Engagement Networks (IPT3N)
  • Using IPT3N to determine the tower locations for a LTE network layout in Yosemite National Park
  • How IPT3N can be used to automatically determine suitable tower locations based on the terrain and channel characteristics

Related Resources

Optimizing Network Laydown for Mobile Communications

Network planning to support mobile communications is a complex, time consuming, and hence expensive process. Network simulations can play a central role in enhancing the ability of networks to respond effectively to dynamic changes in their operational conditions.

 

Radio Network Automation for Operational Testing

Radio network planning provides the ability to create a realistic what-if scenario as a basis for analysis for a chosen network.

Network Optimization Planning

Cellular networks, especially those used for emergency response networks, are often required to satisfy stringent performance requirements of coverage and throughput while meeting resource constraints.

Key Features of QualNet

Speed

Large Scale Simulation, Quickly

Scalability

Model thousands of nodes

Model Fidelity

Accurate real-world behavior

Portability

Compatible with Windows & Linux

Extensibility

Connect other hardware & software

Commercial enterprises, educational institutions, and governmental organizations around the world all depend on reliable, effective networks to deliver business-critical, mission-critical communications, and information. SCALABLE maintains a highly experienced group of technical professionals to support customers and projects of any scale and solve challenging problems with our advanced network digital twin technology.

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