Modeling & Software Tool Development

Aurastar uses multiple standard planning tools for analyzing wireless coverage and related demographics, microwave backhaul links, and point-to-multipoint links in various wireless system formats. These tools serve broad audiences, and are never customized for a particular client’s needs.

Spreadsheets serve to bridge the gap between a system being designed for a particular application, and the data input/output of standard planning tools. This works well when systems have a relatively small number of sites.

For larger, more complex systems, where the number of antennas, radios, frequencies, site locations, etc. is several hundred or in the thousands, the challenge of keeping the details right for a given site location, escalates dramatically.

For those situations, having a custom tool that can address specific site locations, and maintain the configuration of each site in a database, can mean dramatic savings in time, and increase accuracy in the implementation of the network. Some of the most useful routines are reading CSV files exported from a planning tool, formatting those for database import, running database searches, performing interference analysis, or design studies, and exporting the combined results into a spreadsheet.

Aurastar has a long history of planning tool development, in satellite communications, wireless and microwave planning, smart grid use case modeling, and others. This legacy has provided Aurastar with an extensive library of functional modules that can be applied to many situations as elements of a custom tool. 

With the support of Micronet Communications, an open source tool was developed for the SG-Networks task force as a part of the Open SG Users Group, a standards effort sponsored by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).