A new dimension of wave propagation and radio network planning
Scenarios and Applications
WinProp’s highly accurate and very fast empirical and deterministic propagation models are available for a wide range of scenarios: Rural, urban, indoor, tunnel, vehicular. WinProp supports arbitrary transmitters incl. cellular and broadcasting sites, satellites, repeaters, and leaky feeder cables.
Depending on the scenario, predictions are based on topographical (pixel), clutter (pixel - with or without heights & clearance), urban building (pixel or vector), and/or 3D planar objects/walls (vector) databases. For a prediction different types of databases can be used simultaneously and transitions between the databases are computed automatically. Graphical editors, CAD tools, and various converters are available for all types of databases.
Wave Propagation Models
WinProp’s powerful propagation engines include empirical and semi-empirical models (calibration with measurements possible), rigorous 3D ray tracing models as well as the unique Dominant Path Model (DPM). Besides the prediction of the path loss also the delay and angular spread can be computed as well as LOS/NLOS, directional channel impulse response, angular profile, propagation paths.
Air Interfaces and Applications
In WinProp various air interfaces and applications are pre-defined: Broadcasting, cellular, wireless access, WiFi, Ad-hoc sensor networks, ICNIRP & EM compliance.
Additionally the user can define individual properties of the air interface to adapt it to the requirements. Besides the network planning, the ICNIRP and EM compliance can be analyzed with WinProp.
Computation and Simulation
Depending on the application WinProp offers static, Monte-Carlo, and dynamic network simulators. WinProp allows the planning of coverage and capacity as well as network simulations (performance of algorithms, analysis of delays, etc.). The user can define the (location dependent) traffic for circuit and for packet switched services (incl. the statistical distributions, mobility, etc.).
Different transmission modes can be defined (bandwidth, MCS, data rate, SNIR target, signal threshold, Tx power,...) and the coverage maps (cell assignment, best server, active set, channel quality, Rx power in DL & UL, SNIR,...) are computed individually for each transmission mode. Link adaptation is considered and depends on the channel quality predicted with the propagation models. Maximum received power as well as max. achievable data rates are predicted accurately for each location in the coverage area.
WinProp computes the capacity (throughput, max. data rates, packet delays, QoS,...) of the different radio links and cells in the network based on the coverage analysis and the traffic assumptions. Capacity limitations and overloaded cells can be detected easily and networks can be optimized to provide both high capacity and throughput. Capacity improvements due to MIMO and/or beamforming are modeled accurately because of the sophisticated deterministic propagation models. Arbitrary antenna configurations (linear, circular,...) are possible and their impact on the radio channel - determined during the propagation analysis - is considered in the network planning.
WinProp is a leading software in the domain of wireless propagation and radio network planning.
The WinProp software suite:
- ProMan: Wave propagation and radio network planning
- CoMan: Connectivity simulator for sensor and MESH networks
- WallMan: Graphical editor for vector building databases
- TuMan: Graphical editor for tunnels and stadiums
- AMan: Graphical editor for antenna patterns
- CompoMan: Editor for components used in wireless indoor network installations