About CloudRF


CloudRF is an online service for modelling radio propagation


There's nothing to install but you get premium features you'd expect from a legacy desktop package. Pay for a plan and you are ready to go in seconds. No more downloading gigabytes of terrain data, antenna patterns or preparing clutter layers - we have it all installed and ready to go and add more regularly by request.

This service uses open source software which aside from making it much more affordable, it means the models it uses are available for public scrutiny and comment.

The easy to use interfaces cover the entire above-HF RF spectrum with generous height ceilings and distances for aircraft, large power limits for long range broadcasters, meshes for WISP and IoT networks, cellular propagation models for mobile networks and environmental variables to accommodate suburban, rural and mountain planners alike.

The empirical and deterministic models available are applicable for most wireless technologies and the cross-platform interfaces are simple enough for novices with advanced features for professional engineers including bit error rate.

Our mission

We want to make radio planning available to everyone, not just a few. We're achieving this not through cost alone as there's free solutions out there but simplicity. Radio modelling is complicated and normally needs an enormous amount of resources and preparation to do it accurately. We want it to be simple, affordable, fast and user-friendly. You should not need $10,000 and a degree in physics to use a radio planning tool.


We don't want to take over the world but we do want to develop a mature, stable and user friendly engineering service which you can help with by feedback.

Who we are

Alex Farrant QCVS

CloudRF was setup by Alex Farrant QCVS who has worked in radio for over 20 years. He mastered the art of radio propagation throughout an active military career in the UK Royal Marines specialising in telecommunications, antennas and propagation. He had the idea when he realised the expensive military-grade solutions were not being used because they were just too complicated. Whilst in between deployments he created the first ever Android app for pocket RF planning.

As well as CloudRF, he consults in radio-related security research including software defined radio and is an experienced presenter with a resume of talks on various wireless topics including GPS at London shipping week.
His RSGB callsign is 2E0TDW and one day he might actually have time to use it..

Developers

The software development at CloudRF is performed by contractors. Our blazing fast engine Sleipnir is the work of Gareth Evans, a senior C++ developer with over 20 years experience who specialises in speed-optimised code specifically for intel processors.
Our proprietary LIDAR processing capabilities have been developed by GIS specialists for maximum accuracy and compatibility with standards and tool chains.


We're always on the lookout for experienced developers or GIS specialists with an interest in radio and normally have a backlog of ideas if you're looking for a project.

Innovation timeline

At CloudRF we pride ourselves in innovation and have transformed the way people conduct radio coverage modelling, disrupting what was a very expensive desktop market. Prior to CloudRF it was not unusual for companies to spend £10k on a single license for desktop radio software. Those same companies are now getting access for multiple employees for a fraction of that amount which aside from cost, puts planning tools into the hands of staff across a company, not just one or two Engineers.

  • 2011 - RFSignal for Android launched, reached top 50 in communications category on Play
  • 2012 - CloudRF.com website launched with web interface and global 90m DEM (Origin 2000)
  • 2013 - Keyhole Radio™ interactive layer for Google earth
  • 2014 - Lots of features added to engine and interfaces, Virtual machines offered
  • 2015 - More propagation models, channel intersection and mesh features
  • 2016 - LIDAR high resolution support in engine and interfaces. UK 2m and US city DSM uploaded
  • 2017 - Drone photogrammetry support via Pix4D, more servers, global DSM at 30m (Origin 2014)
  • 2018 - New LIDAR propagation engine SLEIPNIR developed. LIDAR for NZ, Estonia, Sweden, DC, Baltimore..

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Where we are

The business is based in Gloucester, England with regional servers in Canada, the UK and Germany.
Customer data is stored and processed securely in accordance with EU GDPR regulations and CloudRF.com is PCI certified by Trustwave Inc to handle credit card information.

Supported technologies

Anything that uses radio from 20-100,000MHz. We bound ourselves by the laws of physics not regulatory bodies or manufacturers. The tool can be used to support specific standards like LTE / 4G but won't have advanced protocol specific parameters. It will however show you the path loss for an eNodeB at 15m above ground level on 800MHz with sub 30m accuracy.
The following, non-exhaustive list of standards, are supported: Marine VHF, Air band AM, PMR, DMR, VHF/UHF PTT, LoRa, GSM, UMTS, LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Wi-Gig.

Platforms

Android, Linux, Mac/OSX and Windows are all supported. Our unique Google earth plugin 'Keyhole Radio™' lets you run the software directly from within the application.