Clutter data

Clutter describes obstacles which will impede a signal’s path. For RF planning purposes this can be trees and buildings. As trees and buildings vary greatly in density we need different types.

Global clutter data for telecoms planning is extremely expensive, and despite the price, usually outdated, so we have developed a much more flexible way of self-generating accurate clutter models.

Whether you need to define one big building which is being planned for construction or need to upload a plan for a whole city we can support DIY and BYO clutter.

Clutter bands

Cloud-RF has 9 clutter bands to improve the accuracy of your planning with attenuation levels aligned to ITU-R P.833-7 and options for manual override.

TypeNameNominal attenuation dB/m
1Trees –0.25
2Trees +0.5
3Timber –1.0
4Timber +1.5
5Brick – 1.5
6Brick +2.0
7Concrete –3.0
8Concrete +4.0
9Metal6.0

DIY clutter

Our interface has polyline and polygon tools to draw objects in 9 classes and up to 99m in height for a total combination of 891 possible clutter types. Left click to design, right click to finish then save to your account for use in the future via any interface.

BYO clutter

Import multiple clutter items as a KML or GeoJSON file.

LiDAR

LiDAR data is the highest accuracy data available and is available for many cities at 2m resolution. Check the coverage map to see if you are covered. It’s a surface raster so is not permeable like the custom clutter but is very useful for line of sight analysis as even trees and bushes are represented.