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The purpose of this newsletter is to inform and educate you about ComputaMaps products and the geodata industry. We will include recurring sections on our latest projects, educational articles on geodata as well as news & events. We welcome your feedback on our new newsletter, our company and products.

Recent Projects

In the last year, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of requests for 3D data for wireless planning of advanced data networks. Over the past few months we’ve added over 10000 km² of 2-3m resolution 3D City Planner data, including:

Santiago (738), Concepcion (249), Valaparaiso (123)

Jakarta (150), Bali (28)

Six cities in Iran
Tehran (1608), Esfahan (719), Mashad (255), Shiraz (204), Tabriz (186), Ahvaz (173)

Fourteen cities in Japan
Tokyo (335), Nagoya (190), Osaka (144), Kanagawa (99), Chiba (98), Sendai (81), Saitama (76), Hiroshima (67), Sapporo (60), Fukuoka (51), Kyoto (47), Kope (32), Kanazawa (19), Kitakyushu (11)

Amman, Jordan (250)
Doha, Qatar (50)
Singapore (735)

Kuala Lumpur (315), Johor Baru (60), Penang (90) and Malacca (16)

Nine cities in South Africa
Johannesburg (1725), Pretoria (150), Cape Town (125), Bellville (97), Port Elizabeth (48), Bloemfontein (25), Durban (25), East London (25), Nelspruit (25)

Bangkok (357), Chiang Mai (64)

Abu Dhabi (135), Dubai (40)

United States
Washington, DC (145), Denver (40)

*numbers indicate km² of the data footprint per city


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Advanced Wireless Networks Driving Demand for 3D Data

ComputaMaps has been producing geodata for telecoms operators and their related suppliers for over ten years. Over that time, we’ve witnessed and supported 2G and 3G+ network deployments around the world. For our customers, using simulation tools in conjunction with accurate geodata has allowed them to plan, build and optimize their networks. Historically, our customers have used 2D medium resolution data (20-50m) to plan 2G and 3G networks. Some acquired higher resolution data for urban areas in support of ray tracing models and transmission planning. However, in the past year we’ve witnessed a dramatic increase in the acquisition of our 3D City Planner products as operators have deployed HSPA and WiMAX networks. For a number of reasons, we anticipate that demand for 3D data will dramatically grow in the coming years with 3G+ and 4G networks providing the justification for operators to buy higher resolution data.

With the proliferation of smart phones and location-based services, operators are hoping that data ARPU (average revenue per user) will continue its rise and replace commoditized voice revenue. Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast should provide comfort to network operators. It predicts that mobile data traffic will double every year from 2009-2014 at an annual compound growth rate of 108%. Of course, while an operator’s data and subscriber ARPU are figures closely watched by analysts and investors, so is its churn rate (i.e., the number of customers it loses to competitors). With the increased data traffic delivered through smart phones and more bandwidth-intensive applications, operators are already experiencing capacity issues on their networks.

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) indicated there are 59 operators committed to LTE network deployments in 28 countries in the February 2010 update of its Evolution to LTE Report. While 4G networks promise to be more spectrally efficient, many operators are planning to target a series of non-traditional verticals and M2M (machine-to-machine) communications from their launch date. The need for proactive simulation-based planning and optimization has arguably never been greater for existing 3G+ networks and new 4G rollouts. A series of factors have contributed to propel demand for 3D geodata being used in wireless network planning:

  • Increasing amounts of high-resolution imagery (i.e., sub 0.5m) – a key input to the development of 3D models – is available today given improvements in the amount of data that satellites can capture
  • RF planning tools are able to take advantage of computer hardware improvements and related processing power to utilize higher resolution data
  • Propagation models have become increasingly sophisticated to deterministically model both vertical and horizontal planes in urban environments and consider diffraction, reflection and canyoning effects
  • Increasing network densification: inter-site distances that were once 500m to 1 km are now as close as 200-300m. LTE in many countries in Europe and Asia will be deployed at 2.6 GHz which will also limit inter-site distance. To support the capacity required and accurately model microcell environments operators need very precise 3D geodata
  • Operators can no longer simply plan for street level as customers expect their wireless device to work indoors. Some operators even design their networks for multiple receiver heights

Generating a city model – and most 3D requirements today focus on the major population centres of each country – begins with sourcing the latest imagery. Image processing includes block adjustment and setting up of stereo models. The next step involves terrain extraction including mass points, breaklines, bridges and overpasses. Our production team then concentrates on feature extraction of buildings and other man-made features, followed by roads and other linear items. The imagery is orthocorrected and mosaicked and clutter classes are extracted. Finally, post-processing, data conversion and quality assurance is completed and the product is shipped for customer use.

ComputaMaps understands the unique challenges that RF and performance engineers are facing as they plan and optimize their networks. Fundamentally, they require the most accurate representation of their network so that improvements achieved in simulation will be realized once implemented. Our 3D City Planner models provide the accuracy that engineers demand. We currently have over 100 cities in 3D suitable for wireless planning. Our proprietary industrial processes have allowed us to increase our production of 3D city models at an unprecedented rate. We fully intend to support all of our existing 2D customers – and hopefully some new ones – as they migrate to 3D data to launch their next generation wireless networks.

News & Events

ComputaMaps Models FIFA World Cup Stadiums

The world’s best football players will be making their way to South Africa from June 11 – July 11, 2010 for the FIFA World Cup™. Ten World Cup venues in nine host cities across South Africa will have the eyes of the world upon them as 32 teams compete for the sport’s greatest championship.

We have generated high-resolution versions of the stadiums and are in negotiations with national broadcasters around the world interested in using our 3D fly-throughs in their telecasts. If you’re a football fan, architecture fan or just want to see the detail that is possible in generating 3D models, check out the stadiums on our website. 

We are now in “wireless tradeshow season”. Tradeshows offer a great opportunity for our senior management and sales representatives to meet with multiple prospects, customers, partners and others who operate in our ecosystem. Watch this spot or visit our website for further events as they are added to our calendar.

Our next two events are:

CTIA Annual Exhibition 2010 – Las Vegas - Booth 2634
March 23-25, 2010

We’ll be attending the 25th anniversary of the largest wireless show in the Americas. We’ll be demonstrating our latest textured 3D cities and complete telecom geodata offering. Come visit us and discuss the best strategies for upgrading your in-house 3D geodata. If you’re planning on attending, please send us an email and we can set up an appointment.

Communicasia – Singapore – Booth 3M1-07
June 15-18, 2010

ComputaMaps will be exhibiting at the only true Pan-Asian tradeshow focussing on telecom for the third year in a row this June. This is the largest event of its kind in the region and provides an excellent opportunity for us to meet the people who use our products. Senior management will be joining our Singapore-based account representative, Barbara Guerpillon, at the show. If you’re thinking of attending we have a limited number of exhibition passes we can offer free of charge. If you’re planning on attending, please send us an email and we can set up an appointment.