Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 2

At ComputaMaps we strive to anticipate the needs of our customers. This includes creating new product and service offerings that add value, simplify or improve the accuracy of our customers business processes. We have partnered with leading vendors in the wireless ecosystem, including RF planning and optimization specialist MobileAllies to show what is possible with accurate 3D geodata. Our main article below highlights the approach taken by this vendor with our 3D City Planner products.

ComputaMaps is pleased to announce that we have hired a staff RF engineer familiar with the prominent RF planning tools to provide second line support of our products. This new RF domain technical resource can be accessed through our standard support process or by contacting your account manager. We encourage you, as always, to check out our recent projects. We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and welcome your feedback.

Advanced Network Optimization Techniques Utilize 3D Geodata


Shortly after the first RF planning tool was developed, ray tracing models were created to simulate dense urban environments. In the early days, computation from ray tracing models was slow and 3D geodata – when available – was expensive. The primary use case was network design, but like any simulation, the quality of the 3D geodata dictated how transferable the knowledge gained was to the real world. For areas outside of urban cores, an acceptable level of mobile network coverage and performance simulation accuracy was achieved in rural and suburban environments utilizing 2D geodata including terrain, clutter, population and road information.

In 2012, 3D geodata and more evolved “urban models” are widely used on a daily basis by engineers all over the world. But with a paradigm shift in availability and cost of 3D geodata, radio network simulations without 3D maps in dense urban and urban morphologies are often inaccurate. Similarly, according to ComputaMaps partner and mobile design and optimization experts, MobileAllies, current performance of geolocation methods based on network geometry and observed time delays from multiple transmitters are also highly inaccurate in dense urban environments. They offer very limited indoor performance capabilities and are location-error prone due to signal multipath propagation and bad network geometry.

MobileAllies has cooperated closely with ComputaMaps, to prove what is possible on high accuracy geodata. The company takes network design and localized optimization services to a new level, using accurate radio signal calculations based on 3D maps, real network traffic and network measurement-based localized system performance.

Average performance localization accuracy

Network grid based Standard geolocation MobileAllies
300-3000m* 150-300m 20-50m

*depends on network cell size

Network design is more effective when methods are based on live network performance and traffic load. MobileAllies use sophisticated and customized network performance localization methods to represent GSM, UMTS and LTE system behavior in a 3D space. Network aspects such as: traffic, (S)HO events, call drop events, system access events, system noise, cell dominance and others are localized outdoor and indoor with accuracy under 50 meters. To achieve the best possible localized performance accuracy, MobileAllies depends on network hardware and technology, customized hybrid geolocation methods and multiple sources of system performance data including system-specific internal and external tracing, system performance counters, drive and walk test, etc.

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MobileAllies has demonstrated that existing and future network performance including network coverage, accessibility, retainability and capacity can be maximized using planning processes with 3D maps from ComputaMaps as the foundation. RF planning and optimization is evolving to deliver improved performance optimization for urban environments.

For more information about MobileAllies and their proprietary approach to improving network performance utilizing ComputaMaps 3D geodata, please visit

News & Events

DxM Elevation Products


Earlier this month, ComputaMaps announced the availability of our new DxM digital elevation product line. Derived from our 3D City Planner and textured building databases, the new DxM product line includes digital terrain models (DTM), digital height models (DHM) and digital surface models (DSM). These high-resolution products are sought after to support urban planning and related infrastructure buildout in many cities and regions of the world. Click to view the catalogue of current cities.

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