CloudRF is a service for modelling radio propagation
Our missionWe 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 want to develop a mature, stable and user friendly engineering service which you can help with by feedback.
Who we are
CloudRF was founded by Alex Farrant 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 wireless security research and has published relevant articles on Drone detection, Wireless congestion and presents occasionally including GPS spoofing at London shipping week. His RSGB callsign is 2E0TDW and one day he might actually have time to use it..
DevelopersThe 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 optimised code for multi-core 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 timelineAt 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..
- 2019 – Seamless 30m Landcover with 584 types for CONUS and EU, KML ‘do-it-yourself’ clutter upload, 3D clutter with material densities
- 2020 – Enhanced 3D clutter with user configurable heights