Gold-coast based airborne radio measurement company SixArms, uses drones to provide cost-effective measurement solutions for the broadcast, telecom and defence industries. 

SixArms adopted drones to replace traditional land-based surveys which are notoriously slow and have limitations. SixArms offers an integrated RF Measurement System featuring a high-performance airborne platform (drone), integrated RF receiver and onboard computer and calibrated antennas. The drone measures antenna compliance and constructs a radiation pattern from field measurements and other test points, to validate network coverage and identify interference. Compliance checks form part of the network operators validation and verification checks to ensure the network achieves its desired outcomes.

SixArms purchased HTZ Communications, ATDI’s RF planning software, to compare the differences in the measured antenna patterns with the predicted patterns. HTZ Communications translates the measurement data from the antenna radiation patterns to wide-area coverage, including data collected from in-field coverage test points to establish confidence with the prediction model.

Aside from its automated coverage calculations and network modelling capabilities, the HTZ-software has dedicated UAV/drone management functions, supporting the growing use of airborne platforms in areas like transport, military, logistics and commercial sectors.

Features include:

  • Flightpath RF simulation analysis – importing flight path information and conducting propagation modelling and communication validation;
  • Drone-Controller localisation – identifying areas where the controller can potentially share the flight path information;
  • Radar detection capability analysis – predicting the areas and elevations where the Radar can detect a drone;
  • Drone communication range analysis – import and analysis of flight paths for RF simulation; 
  • Mission planning (HTZ Warfare) – one-stop solution to optimise a missile path where communications between the missile and Command Control can be jammed and detected by radar;
  • Jamming efficiency analysis (HTZ Warfare) – identifying areas where the jammer can be effective in attacking drones;
  • Reception analysis at different flight heights – pre-computing reception in a 3D environment for different elevations.

The data links to manage airborne platforms use radio-frequency (RF) transmissions to transmit and receive information to and from the UAV. These transmissions share information like location, distance and location to target, distance to the pilot, payload information, airspeed, altitude and more. An autonomous drone can conduct a safe flight without the intervention of a pilot.

For more information about HTZ Communications, contact your local office.

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