Web interface map

Mapping Selection Menu

The Mapping Selection Menu is a set of key mapping functions located on the top-right of the interface.

Mapping Selection Menu Elements

Mapping Selection Menu

Map Layers

The map tools located at the bottom-left of the interface lets you set the layer(s) opacity on a slider, enable/disable 3D terrain and 3D buildings.

For performance, 3D layers are disabled by default.

This applies only to the 3D viewer and not to the API.

The Transmitter Location (in decimal degrees) will also be displayed on the bottom right of the interface.

This is a duplication of the information that is already available in the menu, incase you have the menu closed.

Map Management Bottom

Map Management Menu Elements

Map Management Bottom Left Diagram

ZoomIn_Icon Zoom In

Zoom In lets you zoom in to the map.

ZoomOut_Icon Zoom Out

Zoom Out lets you zoom out of the map.

Changing Layer Opacity

You can change the opacity of the layer(s) on the map with the help of the opacity slider.

Change Layer Opacity Slider Icon

  • To increase the opacity, move the slider to the right.

  • To reduce the opacity, move the slider to the left.

Hiding layers

The created Layer(s) will be displayed on the map and the corresponding checkbox(es) will be displayed in a box.

Layers Checkboxes

  • You may enable or disable the layer(s) checkbox(es) as per your requirement.

    The layer(s) will be displayed on the map when the checkbox is enabled and will not be displayed when the checkbox is disabled.

Toggle3DTerrain_Icon Toggle 3D Terrain

You can toggle (enable/disable) the 3D Terrain as per your requirement by clicking on the Toggle 3D Terrain icon.

  • Toggle3DTerrain_Disabled_Icon icon indicates that the 3D Terrain has been disabled.

  • Toggle3DTerrain_Enabled_Icon icon indicates that the 3D Terrain has been enabled.

The Toggle 3D Terrain will automatically be enabled when you enable the Toggle 3D Buildings.

  • Following are the screenshots for reference showing the changes in the Map when the 3D Terrain is disabled and enabled:

    • Map when the 3D Terrain is Disabled Toggle3DTerrain_Disabled_Icon

      Toggle 3D Terrain Disabled

    • Map when the 3D Terrain is Enabled Toggle3DTerrain_Enabled_Icon

      Toggle 3D Terrain Enabled

Toggle3DBuilding_Icon Toggle 3D Buildings

You can toggle (enable/disable) the 3D Buildings as per your requirement by clicking on the Toggle 3D Buildings icon.

  • Toggle3DBuildings_Disabled_Icon icon indicates that the 3D Buildings have been disabled.

  • Toggle3DBuildings_Enabled_Icon icon indicates that the 3D Buildings have been enabled.

When you enable the Toggle 3D Buildings, the Toggle 3D Terrain will also be enabled.

Following are the screenshots for reference showing the changes in the Map when the 3D Buildings are disabled and enabled:

  • Map when the 3D Buildings are Disabled Toggle3DBuildings_Disabled_Icon

    Toggle 3D Buildings Disabled

  • Map when the 3D Buildings are Enabled Toggle3DBuildings_Enabled_Icon

    Toggle 3D Buildings Enabled

Clutter

Clutter can be defined as the obstacles which could impede a signal’s path.

For RF planning purposes, the clutter can predominantly be trees and buildings. As the trees and the buildings vary greatly in density, we have included their different types.

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

Whether you need to define one big building which is being planned for construction or you need to upload a plan for an entire city - we support both DIY (Do It Yourself) and BYO (Bring Your Own) clutter.

  • DIY Clutter - You can define the Type and the Height of the clutter as per your requirement.

  • BYO Clutter - You can upload your own KML / GeoJSON file directly.

Following are the three steps to define a clutter:

  1. Draw a Clutter

  2. Configure Custom Clutter

  3. Upload the Clutter

Drawing Clutter

Drawing a Polyline

To define a clutter polyline:

  • Click on the Draw Path DrawPath_Icon icon located at the bottom-left of the interface.

  • Left-Click on the map to draw the edges of the polyline as per your requirement.

  • Right-Click to finish.

  • The drawn Polyline will be displayed on the map.

    Custom Clutter Path

  • The Custom Clutter Dialog box will also be displayed to customise the clutter as per your requirement.

    For more information, refer to the Custom Clutter section.

  • The respective Clutter Polyline will be displayed on the map.

    Custom Polyline

Drawing a Polygon

To define a clutter polygon:

  • Click on the Draw Area DrawArea_Icon icon located at the bottom-left of the interface.

  • Left-Click on the map to draw the edges of the polygon as per your requirement.

  • Right-Click to finish.

    Custom Clutter Area

  • The Custom Clutter Dialog box will also be displayed.

  • Configure the Custom Clutter Settings as per your requirement.

  • On the Custom Clutter Dialog box, click on the Upload Upload_Clutter_Icon icon to save the clutter.

    For more information, refer to the Custom Clutter section.

  • The respective Clutter Polygon will be displayed on the map.

    Clutter Polygon

Custom Clutter

For DIY type of Clutter, you can define the Type and Height as per your requirement.

For BYO type of Clutter, you can upload the KML / GeoJSON file.

DIY Clutter

  • Click on the Draw Path DrawPath_Icon icon (to draw a Polyline) or Draw Area DrawArea_Icon icon (to draw a Polygon) located at the bottom-left of the interface.

  • The Custom Clutter Dialog box will appear.

    Custom Clutter Dialog Box

For information regarding Drawing Clutter, refer to Drawing a Polyline and Drawing a Polygon topics.

Selecting/Changing Clutter Type and Height

  • Select the Clutter Type from the drop-down as per your requirement. Below is the table displaying the Nominal Attenuation for the respective Clutter Types:

    Clutter Type Nominal Attenuation (dB/m)
    Trees – 0.25
    Trees + 0.5
    Timber – 1.0
    Timber + 1.5
    Brick – 1.5
    Brick + 2.0
    Concrete – 3.0
    Concrete + 4.0
    Metal 6.0
  • Enter the desired Clutter Height in metres.

BYO Clutter

Uploading a KML / GeoJSON file

This is a BYO type of Clutter.

You can import multiple clutter items as a KML or GeoJSON file.

  • Click on Choose File button.

    • Browse the desired KML/GeoJSON file.

  • Click on the Upload Upload_Clutter_Icon icon to save the clutter.

Uploading Clutter

To upload the clutter:

  • Click on the Upload Upload_Clutter_Icon icon to save the clutter.

  • A Response box will be displayed stating that the Clutter has been added.

    Clutter Response

Viewing the Defined Clutter

After drawing, defining and uploading the clutter, you can view the defined clutter on the map.

Polyline Clutter

Clutter Polyline

Polygon Clutter

Clutter Polygon

Deleting Clutter

To delete a clutter:

  • Right-Click on the respective clutter on the map.

  • The respective Clutter (Polyline or Polygon) will be deleted.

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, hence, it is not permeable like the custom clutter but is very useful for line of sight analysis as even trees and bushes are represented.

LiDAR

Toggle Colour Palette

At the bottom of the interface there is a palette icon Toggle_Colour_Palette_Icon. When you click on this button this will hide your colour palette on the right side of the screen. This can be useful when you are working on devices with smaller screen sizes as the colour palette may obscure certain interface elements.

Import locations from CSV

At the bottom of the interface there is an icon Import_Points_From_CSV_Icon which will allow to upload a CSV with data about multiple points, for example customer properties by ZIP or UPRN.

When you click on this icon you will be prompted with information on how to upload your CSV file:

Multiple points import dialog

From this you can import your own CSV with set points to be added to the interface. For basic ‘points’ Your CSV should follow the following rules:

  • The following fields are accepted:

    • id is a unique identifier of the point.

    • latitude is the latitude coordinate of the point. Should be a decimal value between -180 and 180.

    • longitude is the longitude coordinate of the point. Should be a decimal value between -90 and 90.

    • group is an optional field which allows you to group certain points together.

  • Your CSV must not have more than 1000 points.

  • Your CSV must contain a header indicating the ordering of your fields.

An example CSV might look something like the below:

id,longitude,latitude,group
Point 1,3.0505242,39.2707224,SOUTH DISTRICT
Point 2,3.0807366,39.2866678,SOUTH DISTRICT
Point 3,3.0520286,39.3742523,NORTH DISTRICT
Point 4,3.0678215,39.3787639,NORTH DISTRICT

Your CSV will be automatically validated when you upload it, if there are any errors then this will be displayed in the dialog window.

Import validation failure

After successfully uploading your CSV it will be parsed and the interface will automatically draw your points onto the map.

Import success

You may notice that a new window will be added to the bottom left of the screen. This is a live-updating metrics report which gives you details about your calculations, giving indications as to whether your points are covered or not.

If you next click on the map and run through a calculation you should see the points being coloured based on the signal strength but also the metrics report should update automatically when new calculations cover points.

Single calculation

As you add new calculations this will update the metrics report showing you how much coverage you have in total. Each group as defined in your CSV will also be calculated based on its coverage.

Multiple calculations

As you do multiple calculations this will build up your available layers on the map. As you check/uncheck them it will automatically update your metrics report. This is useful for seeing the effect removing a single layer has on an overall network.

Import survey data from CSV

At the bottom of the interface there is an icon Import_Points_From_CSV_Icon which will allow to upload a CSV with field measurements for easy modelling calibration. This was developed with CSV output from cellmapper which is recommended for cellular surveys.

When you click on this icon you will be prompted with information on how to upload your CSV file:

Multiple points import dialog

From this you can import your own CSV with set points to be added to the interface. For basic ‘measurements’ Your CSV should follow the following rules:

  • The following fields are accepted:

    • latitude is the latitude coordinate of the point. Should be a decimal value between -180 and 180.

    • longitude is the longitude coordinate of the point. Should be a decimal value between -90 and 90.

    • rssi is the measured signal strength in dBm. For cellular this needs to be received power not RSRP etc

  • Your CSV must not have more than 1000 points.

  • Your CSV must contain a header indicating the ordering of your fields.

An example CSV might look something like the below:

longitude,latitude,rssi
3.0505242,39.2707224,-77
3.0807366,39.2866678,-82
3.0520286,39.3742523,-83
3.0678215,39.3787639,-88

Your CSV will be automatically validated when you upload it, if there are any errors then this will be displayed in the dialog window.

After successfully uploading your CSV it will be parsed and the interface will automatically draw your points onto the map and compute the delta between any visible layer upon it.

You may notice that a new window will be added to the bottom left of the screen. This is a live-updating metrics report which gives you details about the computed error. A good error value is less than 6dB. Anything greater than 9dB requires adjustments to your modelling parameters.

If you next click on the map and run through a calculation you should see the points being coloured based on the signal strength but also the metrics report should update automatically where new calculations cover points.

As you do multiple calculations this will build up your available layers on the map. As you check/uncheck them it will automatically update your metrics report. This is useful for comparing settings.

Side Menu Elements

Mobile 3D Interface Side-Menu

Hiding the Side Menu

To hide/collapse the Side Menu, you can tap on map area on the right side.

Changing Screen Size

You can change the screen size to Full Screen by tapping on the Fullscreen Fullscreen_Icon button located at the bottom right of the 3D Interface.

To exit the fullscreen view, tap on Exit Fullscreen Exit_Fullscreen_Icon button.

Zoom In and Zoom Out - Mobile View

The Zoom In and Zoom out buttons on the Map Management Menu lets you zoom in/out on the map as per your requirement.

  • Tap on Zoom In ZoomIn_Icon button to zoom in the map.

  • Keep tapping to zoom in as per your requirement.

  • To Zoom Out on the map, tap ZoomOut_Icon button.

You can also zoom in and zoom out on the map using the zoom finger motion - Two Finger Pinch ZoomView_Icon.

For further information refer the topic: Using Touch Screen Finger Motions.

Touch Screen

You can pan view, zoom, tilt and rotate on your touch screen phone using the following finger motions:

PanView_Icon ZoomView_Icon TiltView_Icon RotateView_Icon

Outputs

Embed Code

The new Embed Code functionality lets you Copy the HTML code and upload it to your website with the desired filename and the html extension.

You can reap the following benefits and more using the HTML Embed Code functionality:

  • Build your own Coverage Map.

  • Create radio heatmap for your website.

  • Add Google Maps to your website.

  • Add RF Coverage on the Google Maps.

For more information regarding this, refer to the Embed Code Benefits topic.

To access the Embed Code functionality:

  • Click on My Archive MyArchive_Icon button on the Function Menu.

  • The My Archive dialog box will appear.

  • Click on the HTML Embed Code HTML_EmbedCode_Icon icon.

    HTML Embed Code icon

  • The Embed Code dialog box will appear.

    Embed Code Dialog Box

  • You can copy the HTML code snippet from here and paste it to your website.

    • Replace the GOOGLEMAPSKEY in the code with your Google Maps Key.

    • You may Test and Edit the code snippet with the help of HTML editor

Build Your Own Coverage Map

Are you a wireless internet service provider or an organisation that requires an online coverage map to be displayed on their website?

Building your own Coverage Map is just a few clicks away…

The most basic option is to accomplish this is using an arbitrary polygon on a free map like Google Maps. However, if you require a beautiful and accurate physics-based coverage map, at no extra cost, CloudRF’s Embed Code functionality is all you need.

Using the CloudRF’s Embed Code functionality is the easiest way to add a map to your website or blog that supports the HTML content. You just need to copy-paste an HTML code snippet to your website and replace the GOOGLEMAPSKEY in the code with your own Google Maps API key.

For further information regarding Hosting your own Network Map, click on this link.

Create Radio Heatmap for Website

The Embed Code functionality lets you create the radio heatmap for your website.

With the help of GIS mapping and the LIDAR Imaging from the satellites, the CloudRF tool will output a heatmap of the signal strength on the 3D map. Hence, you can create the radio heatmap for your website and also determine how well your signal propagate based on some variables that you configure in the tool.

For further information, refer to this link.

Add Google Maps to the Website

All you need is a web browser and you are just three steps away from adding the Google Map to your website:

  • Create a basic HTML web page

  • Add a Map

  • Get your own API Key