iBwave, maybe finest identified for its indoor community planning instruments, is within the midst of widening its goal market to concentrate on campus networks and public security, in addition to personal networks, and transfer past the community planning market.
As a part of these efforts, iBwave is launching a brand new cellular community survey instrument in the present day 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.
“Current scanner instruments are sometimes complicated to make use of and heavy on the price range,” stated Jamie Birdnow, senior VP of economic 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 manner for them to handle your complete survey and design lifecycle – which is why we’ve launched a easy, reasonably priced and seamless survey answer with our seamless integration
to the Epiq Options’ Prism scanner.”
iBwave, which was acquired by Corning in 2015, dominates the community planning area and commenced a extra decided pursuit of the general public security market about two years in the past, in response to 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 answer.
He factors out that whereas there are public security communication networks world wide, the marketplace for testing such networks is pushed by a given nation’s laws; U.S. necessities round in-building public security protection signifies 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 must have a community survey—which additionally needs to be re-confirmed over time, often yearly.
Giese stated that iBwave community planning information are sometimes already utilized in that course of, however often 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 answer 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 throughout the iBwave person 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 footage, add notes or drop geolocated push-pins the encircling setting for LTE mobile KPIs in addition to get P25 sign info on band, channel, wide-area community (WACN), RF subsystem (RFSS), system ID, obtained sign energy and bit error fee. As well as, the unobtrusive dimension and indisputable fact that it makes use of a traditional smartphone signifies that it’s much less prone to be a focus for constructing customers who is likely to be alarmed by a walk-tester transferring via a constructing with a heftier scanner set-up, Giese provides.
Whereas the answer is launching with assist for P25 and LTE, iBwave plans to increase that in brief order. “We begin with public security, however it’s not going to be restricted to public security,” Giese stated, occurring 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 answer, Giese stated. A big, conventional RF scanner for networks can price $30,000 to $50,000, he says — and this one will price lower than $10,000. Whereas it won’t do sign acquisition quick sufficient to say, be utilized in freeway drive assessments, it fits the indoor constructing setting completely by way of price 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 on your clients,” he stated.