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ATOLL GENERAL RADIO FEATURES

Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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Atoll General Concepts (1/2)


Multi-Technology Tool
Several technologies modelled:
2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE), 3G (UMTS/HSPA, CDMA2000 1xRTT 1xEV-DO, TD-SCDMA), 4G (LTE), Wi-Fi (802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac), WiMAX (802.16e), Microwave radio links

3GPP Multi-RAT document available


Possibility to model GSM, UMTS and LTE in the same Atoll document

Open, Scalable and Flexible Architecture


Core structure + Technology modules (32-bit and 64-bit editions) API available (Application Programming Interface)
Allows to create Add-ins and Macros Allows third-parties to develop tools that will be compatible with Atoll (such as ACPs, AFPs, Propagation models, etc.)
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Atoll General Concepts (2/2)


Ergonomic and User-friendly GUI
Windows-based tool
Easy copy-paste and import-export of data from-into standard applications

Flexibility in Data Management


Possibility to choose what to display, what to filter, etc. Possibility to add user-defined columns in the tables

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Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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2. Atoll Working Environment


How to Create a New Atoll Document Atoll General GUI Tabs of the Menu Bar

Toolbars and Explorer


Workspace Open and Save an Atoll Document Archive and Refresh in Multi-User Mode

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How to Create a New Atoll Document (1/2)


File New 2 Ways of Creating a New Atoll Document
From a document Template From an existing Database
Available Templates

Supported formats

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How to Create a New Atoll Document (2/2)


Atoll documents / ATL Files
Data are saved in an Atoll document , which is a file with an ATL extension ATL files can contain one or several technologies ATL files can be duplicated, opened under any workstation and can only be read by Atoll

Working Modes
Database .atl User 1

2 working modes with Atoll:


Archive .atl User 2

Stand-alone:

.atl

or Multi-user:
Refresh .atl User i

Document created from a template => Stand-alone document Document created from an existing database => Multi-user document

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Atoll General GUI


Documents technologies Documents name Menu bar Toolbars Event viewer

Explorer (Network / Geo / Parameters)

Workspace (Maps / Tables / Reports)

Other windows (Legend / Panoramic)

Site Configuration Window Status bar

Point Analysis Tools

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Tabs of the Menu Bar (1/4)


File and Edit tabs
Create a new document
Open an existing / recent document

Close the active document Save the active document Save an area of the map as a graphic image Import data in the active document Printing functionalities Quit Atoll

Undo / Redo last actions

Cut / Copy / Paste data into / from the tables

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Tabs of the Menu Bar (2/4)


View and Document tabs
Reload map and folders Select elements on the map Move the map Zoom functionalities Show the workspace on full screen Explorer (Network/Geo/Parameters) Event viewer Other windows (Panoramic/Legend/Site Configuration) XML import / export Co-planning functionalities for SingleRAT documents Properties of the active document Calculate predictions Database functionalities for the multi-user documents Audit tools

List of toolbars
Display or hide the status bar Measure distances on the map Information about elements on the map Display or hide the coordinates rulers/scale on the map
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Tabs of the Menu Bar (3/4)


Tools tab
Locate an element on the map Interactive Frequency Planning tool Site Configuration tool Profile between two points on the map CW Measurement analysis tool

Drive tests analysis tool


GSM Interference tool Point Analysis tool Microwave link analysis tool Tool for 360 view (MW only) Load / Save user configuration files Configure distributed calculations List of available Add-ins and Macros Configure backups of active document

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Tabs of the Menu Bar (4/4)


Window and Help tabs

Open a new map window for the active document Rest default layout

Atoll Help topics Atoll information and version number

Switch between all windows opened in the workspace

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Toolbars and Explorer


Toolbars
Radio Planning toolbar Standard toolbar Map toolbar Addins toolbar

Microwave Link Planning toolbar

Windows toolbar

Vector Editor toolbar

Network / Geo / Parameters Explorer


Made of Folders and Visibility boxes Order between folders can be changed Context menus available on each folder
Properties Tables Additional functionalities

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Workspace (1/3)
Possibility to create different tab groups

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Workspace (2/3)
Possibility to place your active window anywhere in the workspace

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Workspace (3/3)
Auto-Hide functionality on the Tools
Auto-Hide

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Open and Save an Atoll Document


Open an existing Atoll document
Possibility to open several ATL files in the same Atoll platform

Save the active Atoll document

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Archive and Refresh in Multi-User Mode (1/2)


The Atoll document is not connected all the time to the database
Modifications made in the document are not saved in real time in the database Need to Archive your modifications to the database Need to Refresh your Atoll document to get the databases latest modifications

Archive command

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Archive and Refresh in Multi-User Mode (2/2)


Refresh command

Options if you refresh while still having some pending changes not archived

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Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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3. Geographic Data
Coordinate Systems and Units Geographic Data Types Import a Raster-format Geographic Data File

Import a Vector-format Geographic Data File


Resolution Management Geographic Data Properties User Configuration File

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Coordinate Systems and Units


Document Properties... The Projection System
You need to define in Atoll which Map Projection System has been used to obtain your geographic maps
Access to Coordinate Systems catalogue

The Display System


You also need to define which Coordinate System you prefer to use for the Display in Atoll (used for the Sites coordinates, position of a point on the map (in status bar), rulers, etc.)

The Units System


You then need to define which Units will be used for the Distances (m, km, miles), the Heights and the Offsets (m, feet) in Atoll

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Geographic Data Types


Several Different Geographic Data types are used in an Atoll Document Example of Geographic Data
Digital Terrain Model Clutter Classes Used in Propagation calculation Clutter Heights Traffic Maps Used in Dimensioning Population Maps Used in Statistics Scanned Maps Contours, lines and points representing Roads, Railways or Regions Etc.

Used for Display purposes

Atoll supports Geographic Data files of 2 formats


Raster format
Clutter classes and heights, DTM, images, some traffic and population maps Polygons, lines and points for display, filtering + some traffic and population maps

Vector format

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Import a Raster-format Geographic Data File


The Raster-format Geographic Data files you want to import must be represented in the same Projection Coordinate System as the one defined in your Atoll document File Import

Choose Altitudes for a DTM file Clutter Classes for a Clutter Classes file Clutter Heights for a Clutter Heights file Image or Scan for a scanned Image Etc.

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Import a Vector-format Geographic Data File


When you import a Vector-format Geographic Data file, its coordinate system can be converted to the one used in your Atoll document File Import

Coordinate System conversion

Used when importing a Population vector file

You need to specify what you will use your Vector file for: a simple layer in the Geo tab a Computation Zone a Focus Zone a Population map Etc.
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Resolution Management
Multi-Layer Management
Each Geographic Data file becomes one layer in the Geo tab Display order of each layer can be changed If for a specific map type (Clutter Classes, DTM, etc.) you have several files with different resolutions, you will need to put the one with the highest resolution on top for Atoll to take it into account in the calculations

Properties of each Geographic Data is accessible from its context menu (Right-click Properties)
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Geographic Data Properties (1/5)


Tables of Vector maps
Possibility to edit your vector directly from Atoll through its table

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Geographic Data Properties (2/5)


Properties of Vector maps
3 types of display

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Geographic Data Properties (3/5)


Properties of DTM Maps

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Geographic Data Properties (4/5)


Properties of Clutter Classes Maps

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Geographic Data Properties (5/5)


Properties of Clutter Heights Maps

Clutter Height information provided in the status bar

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User Configuration File


User Configuration
Possibility to Import/Export the complete Geographic Data Set from/into a User Configuration file (.geo)

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Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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4. Radio Data
Radio Data Overview How to Create a Station (Drag and Drop / Duplicate / Import) Create Repeaters and Remote Antennas

Sites Properties
Transmitters Properties Radio Network Equipment Geographic Profile Filtering and Grouping Data

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Radio Data Overview


For Any Technology
Site
Geographical location where Transmitters are installed Radio interface built on a Site and using antennas and equipment such as TMA and feeder cables One or several Transmitters sharing the same Site Device which receives, amplifies and re-transmit the signal from a donor Transmitter Shifted antenna using the resources of a donor Transmitter

Transmitter Station

Repeater
Remote Antenna

For GSM Documents


Subcell
Set of TRXs of a same type (BCCH, TCH, TCH inner, TCH GPRS) in a Transmitter

For UMTS, CDMA, LTE, WiMAX and TD-SCDMA Documents


Cell
Specifications of a Carrier in a Transmitter

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How to Create a Station


A Station is a Site which has one to several Transmitters Mains Ways of Creating a Station
Drag and Drop a station template

Duplicate an existing station


Import your lists of Sites / Transmitters / Cells in the corresponding tables

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Create a Station by Drag and Drop (1/2)


Station Templates Properties
Available in the Parameters Explorer Templates for each technology

Station Templates in a MultiRAT GSM/UMTS/LTE document

Station Templates in a document containing only one technology

In a CDMA2000 document

In a WiMAX document

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Create a Station by Drag and Drop (2/2)


Drag and Drop a Station Template

1. Choose a Station Template from the list


2. Click on the icon New Transmitter or Station

3. Drag and Drop on the Map

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Create a Station by Duplicate


Possibility to Create a new Station by Duplicating an Existing one on the Map

Duplicate of Site BRU070

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Create a Station by Import


Import your Lists of Sites / Transmitters / Cells in the corresponding Tables
Sites list in the Sites table Transmitters list in the Transmitters table Cells list in the Cells table Right-click inside of the table Import Will add new records and update existing ones

Requirements
Can import *.TXT and *.CSV files Need to respect the following order
2G : sites transmitters 3G, 4G and WiMAX : sites transmitters cells

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Create Repeaters and Remote Antennas


Create a Repeater or a Remote Antenna
1. Click on the Transmitter that will be the Donor Transmitter for the Repeater / Remote Antenna

2. Click on the right part of the icon New Repeater or Remote Antenna to choose what you want to create

3. Click on the left part of the icon New Repeater or Remote Antenna and then Drag and Drop on the Map

Repeater

Remote Antenna
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Sites Properties (1/4)


Sites Properties
The properties dialogue of each Site contain several tabs
User-defined fields (all technologies)

MW-specific fields

UMTS-specific fields

Name of the site

Position and Altitude of the site

You can enter comments in this field


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Sites Properties (2/4)


Sites Table
Access all the parameters of all the Sites through the Table

Properties of the selected Site

Columns functionalities

Sorting functionalities

Fill down/up and Select all

Import/Export

Centre on the map the selected Site

Filtering functionalities

Statistics

Align left/centre/right, Bold and Italic

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Sites Properties (3/4)


Sites Display options
Can be set for all the Sites or on a per Site basis Three display types available:
Unique - the same symbol will be used for all the Sites

Discrete values - the display of each Site will be according to the value of a selected field
Value intervals - the display of each Site will be according to set ranges of the value of a selected field

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Sites Properties (4/4)


Sites Display options
Example of the Unique and Discrete values display types

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Transmitters Properties (1/8)


Transmitters Properties
In the General tab you can setup the name of your transmitter, the site it belongs to, a possible shift in its antenna position, a comment, etc.

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Transmitters Properties (2/8)


Transmitters Properties
Example: General tab of a GSM Transmitter

Name of the transmitter You can enter an ID for the transmitter Site on which the transmitter is located

This flag is used to identify the transmitters of different technologies, located at the same site, that share antennas

You can modify the position of the antenna. Relative to Site: select this option if you want to enter the antenna position as an offset with respect to the site location Coordinates: select this option if you want to enter the exact coordinates of the antenna

You can enter comments in this field

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Transmitters Properties (3/8)


Transmitters Properties
In the Transmitter tab you can setup the activity flag of your transmitter, its type, the power and losses, the settings of the main and secondary antennas, etc.

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Transmitters Properties (4/8)


Transmitters Properties
Example: Transmitter tab of a GSM Transmitter

Activity flag (only active transmitters are taken into consideration during calculations)

Intra-Network (Server and Interferer) = Atoll will consider the transmitter as a potential server as well as an interferer Extra-Network (Interferer Only) = Atoll will consider the transmitter as an interferer only

Power and Losses definition (Losses can be either userdefined or calculated by Atoll according to the equipment specified in the Equipment box)

Settings for the main antenna and the optional secondary antennas

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Transmitters Properties (5/8)


Transmitters Table
Access all the parameters of all the Transmitters through the Table

Properties of the selected Transmitter

Columns functionalities

Sorting functionalities

Fill down/up and Select all

Import/Export

Centre on the map the selected Transmitter

Filtering functionalities

Statistics

Align left/centre/right, Bold and Italic

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Transmitters Properties (6/8)


Transmitters Display options
Can be set for all the Transmitters or on a per Transmitter basis Four display types available:
Unique - the same symbol will be used for all the Transmitters

Discrete values - the display of each Transmitter will be according to the value of a selected field
Value intervals - the display of each Transmitter will be according to set ranges of the value of a selected field Automatic - Atoll will automatically assign a colour to each Transmitter, ensuring that each Transmitter has a different colour than the Transmitters surrounding it.

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Transmitters Properties (7/8)


Transmitters Display options
Example of the Unique display type

Change the colour, type and size of your symbols

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Transmitters Properties (8/8)


Transmitters Display options
Example of the Automatic display type

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Radio Network Equipment


In the Parameters Explorer

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Geographic Profile
Display the Geographic profile from a selected transmitter
You need to select Profile and Geographic in the Point Analysis tool

Profile and Geographic selected

Selected Transmitter

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Filtering and Grouping Data (1/4)


Filtering
Anything outside a Filter will not be taken into account during the Calculations

Filtering applies to
Data in tables
Records filtered out are hidden from the tables Records filtered out are hidden from the display Records filtered out are hidden from the Explorer display Specific filter symbol on folders on which a filter is applied

Map

Explorer window

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Filtering and Grouping Data (2/4)


Types of Filters
Graphical filter (Filtering Zone) Filter according to Object Attributes (from the Properties or the Tables)

Graphical Filter (Filtering Zone)

Filter according to Object Attributes (from the Properties)

Filter according to Object Attributes (from the Tables)

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Filtering and Grouping Data (3/4)


Grouping
No effect on computations Applies to Explorer window
Generate subfolders for each grouping field o Creation of a manageable table per subfolder Specific commands for each subfolder o Calculations of predictions, neighbours, transmitter activation, frequency planning, etc.

Subfolders

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Filtering and Grouping Data (4/4)


Types of Groups
Possibility to group data according to a field
First level grouping from the folder context menu Advanced grouping in the general tab of the folder properties dialogue

Possibility to group folder according to the Focus or Computation zones

Grouping according to a zone

First level grouping according to any field in this list

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Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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5. Predictions
How to Create a Prediction Standard Predictions Predictions Settings

Computation Zone
Transmitters Propagation Parameters Path Loss Matrices Storage Standard Predictions Properties Calculation Process Prediction Lists and Templates
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How to Create a Prediction (1/2)


Prediction -> New...

Predictions grouped by technology

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How to Create a Prediction (2/2)


Definition of a Prediction

To group, sort and filter the results of the prediction

To calculate the prediction

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Standard Predictions (1/2)


Coverage by Transmitter
Need to choose the Automatic display type for the Transmitters

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Standard Predictions (2/2)


Coverage by Signal Level

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Predictions Settings
Workflow:
(1) Create a Computation Zone (2) Define the Transmitters propagation settings (3) Define the Path Loss matrices storage directories (4) Define the parameters in the Conditions tab of the predictions properties (5) Define the parameters in the Display tab of the predictions properties (6) Calculate the prediction (7) Display the prediction

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Computation Zone (1/2)


Use of the Computation Zone
Define which Transmitters have to be taken into account in the calculation Define in which area the prediction plot will be displayed

Create a Computation Zone


Draw it on the map Import specific coordinates in the Computation Zones properties Use an existing polygon as the Computation Zone

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Computation Zone (2/2)


Create a Computation Zone

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Transmitters Propagation Parameters (1/2)


Powers / Antennas / Activity parameters
Example for a GSM Transmitter:

If not active, the transmitter will not be taken into account in the prediction

Power definition

Antennas definition

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Transmitters Propagation Parameters (2/2)


Propagation Model / Calculation Radius / Grid Resolution
Example for a GSM Transmitter:

Extended path loss matrix if you want to use different propagation models/calculation radius and grid resolutions close and far from the transmitter List of propagation models available in your document

Calculation radius of the transmitters path loss matrix

Grid resolution of the transmitters path loss matrix

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Path Loss Matrices Storage


Path Loss Matrices Storage Directories

Directory where will be stored the path loss matrices you generate If you are loading path loss matrices from the shared directory, any path loss matrix that needs to be recalculated will be saved in the Private directory

Used in Multi-user mode. Directory where the common path loss matrices are stored and accessible to all users.

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Standard Predictions Properties (1/4)


Conditions Tab

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Standard Predictions Properties (2/4)


Conditions Tab
Can choose upper and lower thresholds for the Signal level (or Path Loss/Total Losses)

for GSM, the lower threshold can either be user-defined (Global C threshold) or taken from the values in the Subcell table (Subcell C threshold)

Different options to be considered as a Serving transmitter


possibility to add a margin to the Server condition (handover margin)

Handover margin

GSM-related options

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Standard Predictions Properties (3/4)


Conditions Tab
Possibility to model Shadowing and Indoor coverage
Shadowing modelled by adding to the link budget an additional loss according to the cell-edge coverage probability Indoor coverage modelled by adding to the link budget an additional loss according to the clutter class

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Standard Predictions Properties (4/4)


Display tab
Default display type for the Coverage by Transmitter prediction Default display type for the Coverage by Signal Level prediction

Three display types available: Unique Discrete values Value intervals

Possibility to use the Shading option to create automatically a shading of colours from a Start colour to an End colour You can also use the Shading option to create the different thresholds automatically with a regular interval between them (First Break, Last Break and Interval)
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Calculation Process
Requirements for a Transmitter to be taken into account in the calculation
Active Filtered (Transmitter or Site folder) Calculation area intersecting the rectangle including the Computation Zone

Calculation process
1) Calculate the Path Loss matrices
Atoll will calculate the Path Loss matrices missing Atoll will recalculate an existing Path Loss matrix if one parameter related to the propagation has been changed (parameters such as the antenna type / azimuth / height, the propagation model, the matrix calculation radius, the computation zone, etc.)

2) Create the plot 3) Lock the plot


After a prediction has been calculated, a lock symbol will appear on it

This lock symbol will prevent Atoll from recalculating the prediction if you press on the Calculate icon

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Prediction Management (1/3)


User Configuration File
Possibility to save the definition of your predictions in a User Configuration file

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Prediction Management (2/3)


Customised Predictions
Possibility to save a prediction as a Template (=Customised Prediction) The list of templates will appear under the Customised Predictions folder

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Prediction Management (3/3)


Predictions Folder
Possibility to group predictions in subfolders Predictions can be moved to folders using drag and drop

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Training Programme
1. Atoll General Concepts 2. Atoll Working Environment 3. Geographic Data

4. Radio Data
5. Predictions 6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports

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6. Prediction Analysis, Reports and Exports


Point Analysis Prediction Plot Reports

Histogram
Exports Printing Functionality

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Point Analysis (1/2)


Profile Tab
In the Profile tab you have access to real-time calculations (Path Loss matrices not needed)

Real-time calculation (Signal Level or Path Loss or Total Losses based on the Result type chosen in the Options dialogue)

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Point Analysis (2/2)


Reception Tab
In the Reception tab you can see the signal levels received (Path Loss matrices needed)

Links between the location and the Transmitters received

Signal levels received at that location from various Transmitters


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Prediction Plot
Tip Text and Legend
The Tip text and the Legend allow the visual analysis of the plot

Tip text

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Reports (1/2)
Hierarchy between Zones
Without any zone Filtering Zone Computation Zone Focus Zone

Reporting Priorities between Focus and Computation Zones


If a Focus Zone exists, the report will be based on the Focus Zone If there is no Focus Zone, but there is a Computation Zone, the report will be based on the Computation Zone If there is no Focus or Computation Zone, the report will be based on the covered area

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Reports (2/2)
Reporting Priorities between Focus and Computation Zones

Report based on the Focus Zone

Focus Zone (green) and Computation Zone (red) defined

Report based on the Computation Zone

Only Computation Zone (red) defined

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Histogram
Histogram
The Histogram follows the same rule than the Report when it comes to the priorities between the Focus and the Computation Zones You can also display the CDF and the Inverse CDF You can select and zoom on a specific histogram part

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Exports (1/4)
Image Export
Copy-Pasting into another application a selected zone (Focus Zone, Computation Zone...)

Copy the selected zone Paste the selected area into another application

Selected zone pasted into a Word document

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Exports (2/4)
Image Export
Saving as an Image a selected zone from the map or the Geo tab

Available formats

Selected zone saved as a BMP file

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Exports (3/4)
Prediction Export
You can export one single prediction or several predictions simultaneously (from Predictions folder or any Predictions subfolder)
Export of several predictions simultaneously

Export of one single prediction

Available formats :

or

If raster export not supported

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Exports (4/4)
Geographic Export Zone
You can define a zone that will be used to export a part of the map or a prediction in a rasterformat
Save the area of the map which is inside of the Geographic Export Zone as an image

Export a prediction in a raster-format and choose to only export the area inside of the Geographic Export Zone

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Printing Functionality (1/2)


Define the Printing Zone

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Printing Functionality (2/2)


Print Setup and Preview

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