About us

Welcome to the future of RF planning

What

CloudRF is online RF planning software. 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 terrain data, antenna patterns or preparing clutter layers - we have it all ready to go.

Unlike expensive big name competitors this service is powered using open source software which aside from making it more affordable, demonstrates our confidence in our engine's accuracy which has been matured for over 20 years.

The easy to use software covers most of the RF spectrum from 20MHz to 100GHz spanning VHF, UHF, SHF, EHF with generous height ceilings and distances for aircraft, large power limits for long range TV broadcasters, meshes for WISP 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 users of the RF spectrum and the multi-mode interfaces are simple enough for novices with advanced features for professional engineers.

Who

CloudRF was created in 2010 by Alex Farrant QCVS who whilst serving as a military telecommunications specialist identified a need for easy to use RF planning tools. The military had the most deluxe (and expensive) tools available but despite what the manufacturers might claim they were never used for real because they were just too complex. Instead radio detachments would regularly be dispatched, at needless risk, to a new location to test if they could communicate. Prior to retiring in 2012, Alex's work to overhaul and streamline tactical communications information management through new standards and tools was recognised with a national award.

Alex is the CEO and is supported by business partner Zoe who brings a wealth of financial and management experience. Development is outsourced but we do our own support from the UK. The business is based in Gloucester, UK and has servers in Germany.

Supported technologies

VHF - PTT, DAB, Marine, Airband, 2cm amateur band, FM Broadcasting
UHF - TETRA, PMR, DVB-T, GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G/4G/LTE, UMTS, 802.11 (Wi-Fi), 802.22 (Wi-Far), 2.4GHz, WiMax
SHF - Microwave, 5.8GHz, Radar
EHF - WiGig, 60GHz

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.

Android - Web interface
Linux - Web interface, Google earth plugin, API
Mac - Web interface, Google earth plugin, API
Windows - Web interface, Google earth plugin, API