HTZ Communications

HTZ Communications for spectrum engineering and radio network planning
Radio network planning
Cloud-based software licencing
Automated frequency planning
Automation functions
Network optimisation
Covers all technologies

In a world where spectrum resources are being squeezed to achieve maximum efficiency and capacity, network operators must ensure their networks provide a high degree of reliability and do not suffer from harmful interference. Nowadays requirements like networks connectivity, coverage and capacity are vital for the delivery of high-quality voice and often more importantly data communications.

HTZ Communications offers advanced radio network planning and optimisation capabilities for almost every technology. It allows users to plan, evaluate and optimise radio networks. It enables repetitive tasks to be automated to reduce errors, make costs savings on resources and provides consistent, accurate results.

HTZ Communications replaces ICS Telecom, as part of the ATDI rebrand. Upgrades are available on request, contact your local office.


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Benefits

HTZ Communications provides an unmatched degree of precision and quality to users across the radiocommunications industry. The software incorporates features and functions to manage the latest technologies and support planning of networks from a few kHZ to 350 GHz. Key features include:

  • Automated network planning and coverage calculations – enabling network operators to meet enterprise targets for coverage and capacity, even in ultra-dense areas;
  • Prediction reliability – providing a high degree of correlation between prediction and measurements in excess of 90%, compared to other radio planning tools;
  • Advanced simulation - creating 3D coverage and traffic and interference analysis;
  • GIS data conversion – easy and efficient data conversion from GIS formats to ATDI format;
  • Automated frequency assignment – and optimisation;
  • Cartographic library – for easy import or export to most formats including Google Maps and MapInfo;
  • Antenna design system - for simulating 3D antennas;
  • Network modelling- to simulate dynamic scenarios;
  • Propagation model tuning – to correlate analysis between predictions and actual measurements.

Features

HTZ communications provides high accuracy results for RF propagation modelling and predictions. Key features supported include:

  • Prospective planning to identify the best locations for new sites for greenfield and densification scenarios;
  • Migration analysis from analogue to digital communications;
  • Analysis of outdoor to indoor coverage by signal penetration loss calculations;
  • Population analysis according to points, areas by vector polygon imports or raster files;
  • In-depth study of network coverage, composite coverage, overlapping, best server and network densification;
  • Propagation model tuning by correlation analysis between predictions and measurements;
  • Automated frequency assignment and optimisation;
  • Traffic analysis by ground occupancy, target areas or mesh blocks;
  • Point to Point network analysis including path profile, reliability, automatic optimisation, frequency and space diversity and frequency analysis;
  • Simulcast planning and analysis;
  • EMF analysis.

HTZ communications supports the design and modelling of public safety networks including TETRA, PMR/DMR, P25 and PS- LTE. It manages coverage, capacity, site parameters, neighbour planning and optimisation.

HTZ Communications provides the highest level of reliability, availability and resilience for critical communication systems and allows operators to migrate smoothly to broadband connectivity and new technologies. Key features include:

  • Coverage & capacity planning;
  • Interference calculations;
  • Automated handover, neighbour list planning and analysis;
  • Monte Carlo simulations;
  • Automatic site planning and optimisation;
  • Automatic frequency planning;
  • Traffic & mobility profile editor (for end devices).

View our TETRA network planning demo.

HTZ communications is the leading software to plan UAV/UAS networks. Often these networks require coordination for ground-to-air and air-to-air services, as well as complex scenarios of compatibility with other civilian and military communication services.

  • Features Aeronautical propagation model ITU-R P. 528 ;
  • Frequency planning and interference analysis along with the waypoints;
  • Self-healing network planning using mesh techniques;
  • Path-specific waypoint coverage and optimisation on the fly path to overcome connectivity issues;
  • Radar detection avoidance planning by optimising the flying path and altitude optimisation;
  • Calculates interference levels when terrestrial networks directly impact drones along the flight path;
  • Instantaneous roll, pitch and course modelling; antenna orientation calculation and antenna discrimination along the flying path.

View our Tactical Mission planning demo.

HTZ Communications supports communications between sea to sea, sea to air and land to sea communication in the maritime sector.

In addition, HTZ Communications manages the complex scenarios for coverage, interference and intermodulation within the battleship/ship environment. This can be examined and simulated to ensure the radio systems in the same vessel are not negatively impacted in terms of performance or efficiency.

  • Near-field scenarios within Battleship: HF/VHF/UHF, radar, satellite systems intermodulation analysis;
  • Location optimisation of new radio systems against existing radios on board;
  • 3D modelling of battleship/ship from AutoCAD, ESRI Shape and PDF drawing;
  • Interference analysis between terrestrial radios and satellite earth stations to identify exclusion zones.

HTZ Communications offers flexible licensing options with deployment on standalone machines and in a network environment.

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Air travel is predicted to grow over the coming decades. Airports use an abundance of wireless technologies to connect passengers, devices, safety-critical systems, and aircraft.

Operationally, airports use three types of communication systems: ground communications for controlling operations, ground to air communications for managing airspace and radars for monitoring en route operations.

Ground communications frequently rely on emerging technologies like LTE and 5G which feature increased data rates. But airports continue to use other radio technologies like VHF/UHF, Wi-Fi, telemetry, and TETRA. These networks must work seamlessly to ensure the airport operates safely and securely.

Equally, air traffic controllers need to ensure that ground-to-ground communications are compatible with their ground-to-air services and do not interfere with other service users. Ground to air communications use a variety of technologies including radar, UHF/VHF and HF. Common functions of ATC radars include en-route radar systems, air surveillance, surface movement and weather radars. ATDI supports leading ATC operators around the world.

HTZ offers dedicated functions for the aviation sector including:

  • The technology-neutral solution which can be used for almost every wireless technology;
  • A full geographic dataset to model networks and interference within the airport environment;
  • Automated coverage planning function to reduce network design and deployment processing times;
  • Dedicated aeronautical propagation models;
  • Frequency planning and interference analysis features prior to deployment;
  • Traffic analysis and network capacity management;
  • Automation of site planning, optimisation and frequency planning;
  • Features surveillance functions including multi-lateration (TDOA);
  • Model ATC radars (VOR, ILS, MLAT, RADAR);
  • Manage the impact of wind turbine interference or 5G towers on aeronautical radars;
  • ICAO building restriction compliance, limiting how buildings encroach on airspace;
  • Point to Point / Point to Multipoint link analysis (DL and UL);
  • Coordination for FM/VHF/UHF and other wireless technologies.

Check out our Blog on analysing the impact of flight paths on MW links in and around an airport.

As the use of drones or unmanned aircraft (UAV) grow, businesses and Governments are seeing significant demand and growth in areas like transport, military, logistics and commercial sectors.

Drones are controlled by a ground control system (GSC) which operates remotely or autonomously. Wireless connectivity lets pilots view the drone and its surroundings from a birds-eye perspective. Users can also leverage apps to pre-program specific GPS coordinates and create an automated flight path for the drone.

The data links use a radio-frequency (RF) transmission 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.

HTZ Communications offers dedicated features for drone management including:

Mission planning feature – 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 – identifying areas where the jammer can be effective in attacking drones;

Drone-Controller localization – 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;

Flightpath RF simulation analysis – importing flight path information and conducting propagation modelling and communication validation;

Reception analysis at different flight heights – pre-computing reception in a 3D environment for different elevations.

View our Counter drone demo.

Technology is an integral part of our lives, along with our growing dependency on it. The Internet of Things (IoT) covers everything connected to the internet. The overarching feature of IOT is the wireless data transfer and its application supports anything from smart home devices, eHealth applications to driverless trucks. With connectivity driving technology innovations, the design and roll-out of wireless networks have to be managed effectively.

HTZ supports every aspect of IOT radio network planning, including coverage and capacity planning and interference analysis. Other key functions include:

  • Wireless network design including automated site planning and cell optimisation;
  • Mesh network clustering;
  • Accurate deterministic propagation models adapted for IoT standards including LPWAN, IEEE, 802.15.4 and 3GPP;
  • Geo-location functions for network deployment using high-resolution datasets;
  • Ability to model traffic against QoS and reliability targets;
  • Feature-rich capabilities to support third-party hardware/equipment suppliers.

From a planning perspective, IoT networks differ from classic radiocommunication networks. To support this, HTZ offers interactive 3D city models and urban information for high-resolution network planning. It supports a variety of IoT application platforms and other cloud-based solutions. The software features accurate propagation models specific for IoT including LPWAN, IEEE 802.15.4, 3GPP.

HTZ features dedicated functions including:

  • Automated site planning, cell optimisation and mesh network clustering;
  • Traffic & mobility profile editor for end devices;
  • Gateway/Hub/e-nodeB setting parameters, including, duty cycle, power, bandwidth and antenna;
  • Traffic modelling – aggregated traffic with related QoS and reliability targets;
  • IoT DL/UL balanced link budgets;
  • Coverage, interference, capacity and reliability analysis;
  • Geolocation analysis.

ATDI offers consultancy services to support network operators, integrators and public bodies capitalise on their IoT network.

Railway operators rely on different radio technologies to support rail operations, and count on a multi-technology radio planning tool to design and manage their communication networks. Most rail operators operate both analogue and digital technologies, including GSM-R, LTE-R, TETRA and PMR. These networks support services like centralised traffic control for rolling stock and GSM-R for high-speed rail communications.

A key network requirement is to provide adequate coverage and capacity. This can be achieved using propagation models to attain a high level of accuracy. Automatic tuning models can be used to calibrate drive-test data and improve the overall frequency plan.

HTZ Communications supports all radio technologies ranging from 1kHz to 350 GHz and has been used extensively by rail operators around the world, enabling them to manage their radio spectrum and networks efficiently. Its main functions include:

- Radio planning including frequency planning and network optimisation;

- Interference studies as well as traffic analysis and intermodulation;

- Cross-border coordination;

- Integration with equipment vendors for site surveys and measurement campaigns;

- Design and construction of radio sub-systems (ERTMS/GSM-R) and fibre-optic cable networks;

- Calculations of environmental analysis or human hazard including Natura 2000.

- Design and construction of fibre-optic cable network

- Design and construction of transmission systems

- Site surveys

- Measurement campaigns

ATDI supports a comprehensive library of cartographic data for use with radio network designs.

Check out our Rail Telecom solutions.

Radio spectrum is the lifeblood of the radiocommunications industry. It’s the allotted frequencies or spectrum which supports all wireless communications. Spectrum regulation, also known as spectrum management, is the regulation of those frequencies to promote its efficient use and to maximise the net social benefit. Radio spectrum typically refers to the range of frequencies from 3 kHz to 300 GHz.

ATDI has been at the forefront of developing automated spectrum management solutions for national and regional spectrum regulators for over three decades.

Their solutions allow regulators to:

  • Regulate the use of RF spectrum
  • Minimize interference
  • Automate frequency allocations and frequency sharing
  • Support emerging technologies
  • Coordinate the use of wireless spectrum with neighbours and other administrations
  • Manage back-office functions for admin, licensing and billing
  • Facilitate data exchange with end-users
  • Interface with monitoring solutions
  • Support spectrum re-farming and auctions

Key features include:

  • Management of EMC – electromagnetic capabilities and EMF - Health safety
  • Management of co-existence studies
  • Advanced reporting capabilities
  • White space device allocations
  • Dynamic spectrum allocations
  • Technology evaluations and business modelling
  • Identify candidate sites
  • Automatic network planning and optimisation
  • Support spectrum monitoring
  • Enabling network proving
  • Engineering data sharing
  • International, bi-lateral and regional coordination
  • Integrating various data sources including GIS (multi-maps, multi-resolutions, WMS, WMTS)
  • Managing all wireless technologies from 8kHz to 1THz
  • Implementing ITU notices

Read more about Automated Spectrum management.

The mining industry is rapidly modernising with smart mining operations projected to increase threefold by 2025. Automation plays a key function in this transformation and has the potential to increase productivity and improve safety and working conditions. For example, transportation in mines is a repetitive task that is well suited to autonomous vehicles which operate around the clock. Private cellular networks connect those vehicles to coordinate paths and exchange mission-critical information.

Due to the constantly changing environment in the mine, the transmitters and receivers move which can cause reflections, scattering and other diffraction phenomena. Modelling the impact of these changes on network coverage needs to be managed regularly, otherwise, operators run the risk of communication failures.

ATDI works with many of the world’s largest mine operators providing network planning and modelling expertise in the form of software solutions, consultancy services and custom training. These solutions reduce the risk associated with the changing terrain and allow operators to automate their coverage plans frequently. ATDI’s flagship radio planning software, HTZ Communications features key functions that are well suited to managing the issues facing open-mine operators.

Prospective planning: Understanding the impact of terrain changes is essential to network planning. HTZ Communications features a prospective planning function to allow operators to model these challenges over time. These plans can include the best location for fixed transmitters and coverage achieved. Operators can manage their activities more efficiently and remove the risk of communication failures. Identifying communication not-spots allows operators to use gap fillers or trailers to fill areas without coverage.

Automation: Mine operators use scanners or sensors to monitor terrain changes within the mine. Using HTZ Communications, operators can import the updated maps into the software which triggers their conversion into ATDI’s format. Once imported, the software automatically calculates coverage and produces a composite coverage based on the terrain changes. Functions like identifying the best servers, composite coverage and coverage overlapping are also supported.

In addition, SINR throughputs for LTE and 5G networks can also be automated. The results from these calculations are exported in KMZ and TIF/TFW files and are published via a display engine in the Operation Centre. By automating workflows, users can make time and resource efficiencies and reduce the risk of errors in repetitive manual processes.

Accuracy: ATDI’s propagation engine defies laws of physics. The tool has proven to deliver highly accurate predictions, outperforming other planning tools that have evolved from the classic mobile telco needs in urban and suburban environments. ATDI’s propagation engine is well suited to open-cut mines and deep pits. The latest measurements in open-cut mines show a correlation exceeding 95% with less than 1.5 dB margin of error.

Learn more about how LTE networks are transforming automation mines.

Offshore gas and oil operators use mobile technologies like LTE for monitoring components on rigs and communications with the shore. Establishing and maintaining communication links in the face of extreme weather conditions can be a challenge. Commonly, satellite or fibre optic links are used, but more often mobile technologies are replacing rig to shore communication links.

In an environment where safety is critical, any restrictions with bandwidth, or delays often characteristic of satellite services, are not viable. LTE enable rigs, shore bases and support vessels to share information in real-time. Similarly, demands for data on the platforms is growing, with the need for indoor coverage like WiFi and a robust network to manage monitoring and telemetry systems.

HTZ Communications offers dedicated features to manage offshore communications, including:

  • Modelling features – to model the radio systems, backhaul and microwave point-to-point links;
  • Automated coverage planning – to understand where to place base stations for the optimal coverage and to identify areas without coverage on the rig;
  • Automated frequency assignment – to limit interference and achieve robust communications;
  • DL and UL throughputs maps – to check where the traffic data is large enough and where more sites would be required;
  • Modelling capability – to model the best antenna heights above sea level;
  • Design support – for the rollout of broadband access networks to support offshore platforms, support vessels and fixed assets.

While the growth of onshore windfarms may have slowed, offshore developments are rising – and each one has the potential to interfere with radar systems used by air traffic controllers. National civil aviation authorities are responsible for the safe transit of aircraft through their airspace and require all wind farm developers to determine whether their turbines’ will impact radio communications before they are built.

Wind farm developers need to manage the impact of turbines on civil and military aviation infrastructure. This includes evaluating the impact on radars and surrounding telecommunication services. With accurate planning and modelling, the impact on air traffic control systems in the proximity of a wind farm can be mitigated.

HTZ Communications offers dedicated features for windfarm mitigation studies including:

  • Windfarm mitigation analysis – identifying whether a development is detected and adversely affects aeronautical traffic radars;
  • Windfarm interference maps (C/I) – identifying any obstructions caused by the wind turbine and its impact on the communication networks’ coverage;
  • Clearance analysis – identifying the potential interaction between weather radars and wind turbines to understand the impact of windfarm masks, reflections from buildings, turbines/blades on the weather radars;
  • MW links assessment – pre-planning application support to analyse the impact of a wind turbine on MW links;
  • Identifies three interference criteria - including near-field zone, diffraction and signal reflection.

Integral to spectrum management is the ability to monitor spectrum use to ensure frequencies don’t interfere with each other. Radio spectrum licenses are allocated by band or technology with spectrum monitoring tools scanning the bands to ensure users have access to the spectrum without interruption or undue interference.

For spectrum regulators, a monitoring system needs to gather both spectrum management and spectrum monitoring data. The monitoring system needs to create reports about license conditions and relevant monitoring data. These reports allow the regulator to monitor spectrum use and trends, in real-time. Regulators use this information to manage complaints and ensure compliance.

For other wireless network operators, measurement campaigns use a spectrum analyzer. The spectrum analyzer captures measurements from the network in real-time and allows network operators to validate network performance indicators (KPIs).

HTZ is compatible with leading equipment suppliers and is used to:

  • Verifying the network design meets the network specification for coverage and interference;
  • Identify interference including location and the source of the interference;
  • Monitoring frequency use, band scanning and channel occupancy;
  • Identifying unauthorised emissions.

The HTZ user interfaces easily import large amounts of data for processing.

Visit our case study on how test drives are improving mobile not-spots in North Yorkshire.

The days of a man with a torch peering into your understairs cupboard to read your electricity meter have gone the same way as faxes and video cassettes. With utility networks moving towards smart metering, consumers are benefitting from cost efficiencies and accurate billing. Mitigating interference in smart networks is a challenge, particularly as broadcasting frequencies become more crowded. And achieving maximum coverage at the lowest possible cost is essential in today’s financial climate.

ATDI has been supporting utility companies and their communications infrastructure for their transmission networks for the past three decades. The main technologies used by utilities include:

Microwave – used widely to support operational needs such as monitoring grid infrastructure;

Private LTE (P-LTE) – providing high bandwidth broadband traffic to support operations;

Telemetry and SCADA systems – these automated communication networks gather data from multiple sources and are used to monitor security, quality and performance.

Mesh networks and Point to multipoint (P2MP) - for smart meter readings, supporting operational needs and enabling power distribution automation for the smart network;

Fixed links - for supporting utility network services (VHF, UHF and MW);

Public-mobile radio - to provide voice communications for remote workers and robust, mission-critical applications.

HTZ Communications offers dedicated features to utility companies including:

  • Spectrum regulation, band planning and coordination– allowing operators to manage their radio spectrum effectively and efficiently;
  • Frequency allocation- for telemetry networks and other technologies;
  • Automatic coverage planning- for individual sites and compositive sites;
  • Automatic microwave path calculations – time-saving features;
  • Network planning and optimisation– whatever the network technology, HTZ can design, model and optimise radio spectrum to provide resilient and robust networks;
  • Windfarm coordination - to manage the impact on microwave and telemetry links’
  • Automated Mesh network and clustering – select the best locations with the minimum number of Gateways required to cover end devices, individually or merged by clusters.

Licencing

Perpetual
  • Indefinite access to software
  • First-year maintenance contract (MC) included
  • Software updates available with MC
Hire
  • Monthly or yearly subscriptions
  • Scale up or down depending on workload
  • Add users as required and remove when not in use
Academic

ATDI offers licenses in discounted packs for Universities and Research departments.

For full details, contact your local office.

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What are the sources for ATDI map data?

Reliable map data is essential to support radio network planning. ATDI offers high-quality royalty-free digital maps to customers with a valid maintenance contract. This data is sourced from various resources, including LiDAR data, Corine land cover, and Open Street Map, …

Can I use my customised propagation model in HTZ?

HTZ allows users to integrate their custom propagation models into the software. For more information, please contact support@atdi.com

Can I model indoor propagation with HTZ?

Our software supports the complete network lifecycle including network design, planning and optimization. It allows engineers to model coverage from outdoor into indoor spaces and indoor to indoor, providing seamless coverage for end users.

Do you offer academic or research licenses?

ATDI offers Universities access to software licenses at a competitive price. Licenses can be purchased in packs depending on the end-user needs. Educational packs include access to a dedicated server license, which allows a maximum of simultaneous users depending on the pack purchased.

U-Pack 5: for 5 simultaneous users

U-Pack 10: for 10 simultaneous users

U-Pack 25: for 25 simultaneous users

R&D licenses are available for PhD students who wish to complete an original thesis and were proven to make a significant contribution to developing a subject or theory to the telecom market.

What's the difference between ICS telecom and HTZ?

Contributing over three decades of research and development to our software solutions, we can't be accused of standing still. Over 90% of our customers have now migrated to HTZ and are reaping the benefits from the improved user interface and user experience. Most importantly, the biggest advantage is the reassurance and support they get from their maintenance contract. This allows users to access all the latest HTZ releases including beta versions, get help from the technical support desk and access our comprehensive map data library. Contact your local office to discuss your upgrade today.

Can I still use my old dongle?

As part of the upgrade from ICST to HTZ, we now use soft key activation codes. These are installed in the software directory for standalone licenses or on the server. The license options for these are listed below:

Standalone licence/s: This licence is attached to one standalone PC or laptop. Once the licence has been activated, it remains attached to the computer where the activation is initiated. No other application or software tool is required for set-up. A standalone licence allows each user to operate up to three instances of the software (CALs) at any one time.

Server licence: A Licence Server Management Tool needs installing and the server licence must be activated on that Server. The Client computer will then connect to the server to activate their local license. Any computer connected to the LAN can use HTZ, with the number of concurrent users or sessions equal to the number of licences available. A server licence allows each user to activate one instance of the software (CAL) per licence at any one time.

What propagation models are available in HTZ?

Our software supports a plethora of propagation models. For the latest released version, contact our support helpdesk.

Deygout 1994
Deygout 1991
Deygout 1966
Bullington
Delta-BullingtonDiffraction
UTD3D Multipath: Ray-tracing and Lambertian reflections2D reflections: minima/maxima, reflection point, 2-ray model
Absorption (dB/km, mix Diffraction/absorption…)
ITU-R P.617-3
ITU-R P.617-4
ITU-R P.676-12
ITU-R F.1820-0
ITU-R P.840-8
ITU-R P.530-17
ITU-R P.837-7
ITU-R P.838-3
Crane
ITU-R P.525-4
ITU-R P.526-15
ITU-R P.526-11
ITU-R P.1546-6
ITU-R P.1812-5
ITU-R P.452-16
ITU-R P.452-14
ITU-R P.368-9
ITU-R P.1147-4
ITU-R P.528-3
ITU-R P.528-4
ITU-R P.1225-0
ITU-R P.2001-3
ITM-NTIA (Longley-Rice)
Durkin3GPP-LTE (urban/rural)
SUI
Okumura-Hata
Hata Seamcat modified
Hata Cost 231
Cost 231 openWalfisch-Ikegami
OHD TSB-88
Hata modified by ACMA
BoitiasWojnar
CCIR MFEgli
ITU-R P.529-3
ITU-R P.370-7
Cardif DGA (HTZ warfare only)
ITU-R P.533-13
African Broadcast
BLMFCC 98ITM 122
Milington
Johnson-Gerhardt IF77
ITU-R M.1225-0
ITU-R P.2109-1
ITU-R P.2040-1
TSB-88
NBS 101
ITU-R P.618-13
SIEMENS zone
BCCIR 338
Vigants

What choices do you offer for hosting your software?

ATDI offers a choice of software hosting options. Our users adopt a desktop solution (standalone) or through LAN-server license or VPN (server) or via the end-user Virtual Machine (VM) or cloud-based server options (cloud).

What is the minimum hardware spec recommended?

We recommend the following hardware specification to run HTZ communications / HTZ Warfare:

  • Intel i7 processor 2.4 GHz or higher
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 250 GB SSD
  • 2GB dedicated display card supporting DirectX and OpenGL
  • Monitor 16 inch or higher
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