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Last updated September 06, 2012

Introduction

This document accompanies the release of Mentum Planet 5.5. It describes the new features and enhancements contained in the release.

This document contains the following information:

  • n New features and enhancements

  • n System requirements

  • n Documentation

New Features and Enhancements

This list details the new features and enhancements contained in Mentum Planet releases.

version 5.5

  • n Mentum City Designer

    • n Ability to visualize data in 3D (e.g., buildings, predictions, network analyses, traffic maps)

    • n 3D and 2D views

    • n Ability to query grids

    • n Ability to interpolate grids

  • n Ability to generate predictions at multiple heights (i.e., “3D predictions”)

  • n Support of Wi-Fi

    • n 802.11g/11n/11ac standards

    • n Advanced Antenna Algorithms (e.g., MIMO, Beamforming)

    • n Advanced modeling of Wi-Fi (e.g., automatic channel assignments, channel bonding)

    • n Support of Wi-Fi in the Automatic Cell Planning tool

    • n Detailed Wi-Fi network analyses

  • n Mentum Planet Automatic Cell Planning

    • n Support for Wi-Fi

    • n Support for Mobile WiMAX.

    • n Interactive Cell Planning tool

    • n Speed improvements

    • n Support for WiMAX optimization profiles in Single Site Optimization tool

    • n Miscellaneous improvements

  • n Heterogeneous Networks

    • n Support for cellular layers (e.g., Macro, Micro)

    • n Ability to define Local Area Networks and Hotspots

    • n Multi-technology analyses (e.g., multi-technology coverage maps)

    • n Support for traffic offload using Wi-Fi and Local Area Networks

    • n Ability to define Cell Selection Offsets

    • n Support for LTE <-> WCDMA neighbor planning

    • n Traffic Map Generator to account for Wi-Fi coverage and Local Area Networks

    • n Ability to compare Monte Carlo simulations

    • n LTE features

      • n Automatic PRACH Root Sequence Planning

      • n Ability to define cell selection offsets

      • n Deterministic algorithms to model beam-switching and beamforming antenna algorithms

      • n Support for LTE Rel.10 User Equipment specific resource elements

      • n Addition of RSSI network analysis layer

      • n Modification of the calculation of other-system interference

      • n In network analyses, ability to select loads computed in Monte Carlo simulations

      • n Modification of the calculation of the RSRQ layer, in scenarios with multiple transmit antennas

      • n New “Power recycling” option available when 4 transmit antennas are being used

  • n WCDMA/HSPA features

    • n Ability to define cell selection offsets

    • n New composite layers (e.g., Best CPICH Composite Ec/Io, Best HS-DSCH Composite Ec/Nt)

    • n Support for Uplink Combiner IDs

  • n cdma2000/EV-DO features

    • n New composite layers (e.g., 1xRTT - Best Pilot Composite Ec/Io, EV-DO - Best Pilot Composite Ec/Io)

  • n Propagation features

    • n Automatic Model Selection through the use of Propagation Model Signatures

    • n Planet General Model to leverage numeric clutter height grids

    • n Predict 4 propagation model to leverage numeric clutter height grids

    • n For Planet General Models, ability to define whether or not clutter heights should be accounted for when computing inclination angles and/or when computing diffraction losses

    • n Support for the Mentum Cell Planner Urban Model.

    • n Ability to generate propagation as a service or as an application

  • n Easy Site Creation tool

  • n New WebHelp

    • n Online Help continually updated on the Mentum server or Offline Help available locally

    • n Ability to search across all Help including PDFs and Import/Export worksheets

    • n Inclusion of user guide content (i.e., user guide PDFs have been removed)

    • n Expanded background information with the inclusion of relevant Mentum blogs

    • n Smooth Contouring tool re-design, including the ability to contour classified (.grc) grids, and the ability to “remove islands”

    • n Updated antenna format in order to support beam-switching antennas

    • n Antenna Editor improvements, including the ability to create beam-switching patterns

    • n Migration of Mentum CellPlanner 10.1.1 projects to Mentum Planet

    • n Integration of Mentum Ellipse 8.1.2

    • n Support for Database-to-Database migration from Mentum Planet 5.3 and 5.4 to Mentum Planet 5.5.

    • n Co-existence of Data Manager Server 5.5 with other versions of Data Manager

    • n Access to the Data Manager file share no longer requires read/write access for Mentum Planet users, as files are now transferred using the Data Manager built-in data exchange mechanism

    • n MapInfo 11.5

    • n New version of the Universal Model (version 403) includes the addition of the 'Use weighted tuning coefficients' option, the possibility to manage the priority of raster data with same resolution, the possibility to specify specific loss corrections for each polygon (included with Model-defined penetration option.

    • n TEMS Route Reader 8.1 is integrated with Mentum Planet 5.5, in order to allow the import of native-format TEMS Investigations files

    • n All changes implemented as part of Mentum Planet patches included in Mentum Planet 5.5

    • n Miscellaneous improvements

    version 5.4

    • n Automatic Cell Planning tool enhancements include:

      • n the support for WCMDA/HSPA, GSM, and TDMA-FDMA technologies.

      • n graph and report enhancements.

      • n support for XOR logical operator.

      • n ability to force site activation.

      • n support for antenna synchronization.

      • n support for inter-antenna system optimization constraints.

    • n ability to input user-defined convergence level.

    • n LTE enhancements include:

      • n the introduction of an automatic threshold for the Automatic MIMO Switching antenna algorithm.

      • n support for LTE hard handover gain.

      • n ability to define frequency sub-bands.

      • n support for PRACH Root Sequence Planning.

      • n ability to define different antenna algorithms for different channel models, as well as different diversity and multiplexing gains on the Downlink and the Uplink.

      • n modeling of LTE TDD de-synchronization.

      • n support for carrier aggregation.

      • n ability to account for Uplink coverage when selecting server.

      • n addition of a PBCH C/(N+I) layer

      • n ability to find optimal number of Resource Blocks per user for the Uplink in network analyses.

      • n support for multi-band network analyses and Monte Carlo simulations.

      • n ability to account for fading when selecting multiplexing gains.

      • n Option to assign PCIDs in the same order as sector-antenna azimuths.

  • n Introduction of a new antenna format (.pafx) files. Previously supported antenna format can automatically be migrated to the new antenna format. Mentum Planet users may download antennas in the .pafx format from the Mentum Antenna Server directly within Mentum Planet. The new antenna format allows the support for:

  • n multi-band antennas.

  • n multi-beam antennas, used in single sector or multi-sector configurations.

  • n electrical tilt, azimuth, beamwidth.

  • n remote control units.

  • n explicit definition of antenna ports

  • n polarizations, including cross-pole and quad-pole.

  • n a 3D antenna viewer was implemented.

  • n A new caching of predictions has been implemented, in order to enhance the performance of the functionalities that leverage predictions (e.g. network analyses and Monte Carlo simulation)

  • n Mentum Planet 5.4 includes the latest version of MapInfo Professional (version 11.0.1). For information on new features of MapInfo Profession version 11, see the MapInfo Professional Release Note, which are available from the PitneyBowes website

  • at: http://www.pbinsight.com/support/product-documentation/details/mapinfo- professional

    • n Ability to display “Open Street Map Roads” and “Bing Roads” MapInfo layers.

    • n Introduction of Mentum Planet’s export to Google Earth functionalities, which allows users to export network data (e.g. site/sector/antenna information) as well as MapInfo grids (e.g. coverage layers).

    • n You can now have two base stations with the same technology at a site.

    • n The iDEN feature set previously available in Mentum Planet 4.X has been ported to Mentum Planet 5.4.

    • n HSPA Release 9 and Release 10 standards are now supported.

    • n WCMDA and cdma2000 network analyses now have Uplink/Reverse Eb/No layers.

    • n Support for multi-band network analyses and Monte Carlo simulations for WiMAX, LTE TDD and LTE FDD.

    • n For fixed subscriber analyses, it is now possible to force a given subscriber to be served by a specific sector, as opposed to assuming that the subscriber is always served by the optimal sector.

    • n Mentum Cell Planner GSM projects can be migrated to Mentum Planet 5.4.

    • n Support for the migration of Mentum Cell Planner version 10.1.

    • n The Single Site Optimization tool has been adapted to leverage WCDMA/HSPA, GSM, and TDMA-FDMA optimization profiles.

    • n Users can create “custom reports” for all technologies, on a per sector or on a per sector-antenna basis.

    • n Advanced filtering is now available in the Report Preview dialog box, the Tabular Editor, and the Select Antenna File dialog box. Using the Custom AutoFilter, you can define the conditions with which to filter information based on the values and operator selected.

    • n The Point-to-Point profile tool can display building polygons and/or “clutter height” grids.

    • n A new advanced antenna masking algorithm (“Berg”) has been implemented.

    • n For Planet General Models, users can define a specific output resolution and a calculation resolution, which are independent of the resolution of the Geodata files being leveraged by the propagation model.

    • n For CRC-Predict 4 models, users can define an output resolution that is independent of the resolution of the Geodata files being leveraged by the propagation model.

    • n It is possible to define larger carrier bandwidths for the TDMA-FDMA technology.

    • n Users can choose between Erlang B and Erlang C tables in the Traffic Analysis and Dimensioning tool.

    • n It is possible to import .aod measurement files for WCDMA/HSPA.

    • n Sector Display Schemes now support repeaters.

    • n Mentum Planet 5.4 is integrated with Mentum Ellipse 8.1.

    • n Survey measurements defined in .xlsx format can now be imported.

    • n TEMS Route Reader 7.0 is integrated with Mentum Planet 5.4, in order to allow the import of native-format TEMS Investigations files.

    • n The Installation Guide has been renamed the Getting Started Guide and now includes a section on basic usage.

    • n You can now access Technical Notes, as well as User Guides, from the Help menu.

    • n Support for polarization in antenna definition files.

    • n The co-installation of Mentum Planet 5.4 and either Mentum Planet 5.3.X or 5.2.X is supported.

    • n A new Start Page is available where you can view the latest Mentum news as well as open a project or create a new project.

    • n You can now access the training schedule and news from the Help menu.

    • n Integration of the L-Band Restrictions tool.

    • n New About dialogs for Mentum Planet and the Mentum Planet Migrator.

    • n Introduction of a new version of the Universal Model (version 400), which includes:

    • n multi-processed Universal Model predictions.

    • n enhanced modeling with Forest Polygons.

    • n support for units defined in imperial system.

    • n the enhanced horizontal propagation modeling option is now available for Geodata files defined in raster format.

    • n The modifications implemented in previous maintenance releases have all been integrated in Mentum Planet 5.4.

    version 5.3.2

    • n You can now edit neighbor plans using the Neighbor Plan Graphical Editor.

    • n The neighbor priority and distance are now displayed in the Site Editor. Case 25550,
      25999

    • n The neighbor list merge function has been enhanced. Now, when you merge, the current neighbor priority of a sector is maintained and neighbors (from the neighbor plan) that do not currently exist in the neighbor list of a sector are added at the bottom (e.g., with the lowest priority level). Case 25996

    • n You now have the ability to add/remove neighbors from a sectors neighbor list by clicking sectors displayed in a Map window. Case 25997

    • n You now have the option to force neighbor mutuality. For instance, if sector A has three neighbors (sectors B, C and D), clicking the Add All Mutual Neighbors option will ensure that sector A is on the neighbor list of sectors B, C and D. Case 25998

    • n You now have the ability to sort neighbors in the Site Editor. by distance. Case 26000

    • n Support for EV-DO Rev. B has been added. EV-DO Rev. B provides you with the ability to use the 64-QAM modulation as well as to aggregate data rates on multiple carriers.

    • n It is now possible to have cells of different EV-DO revisions in the same Mentum Planet project.

    • n The Planet API now supports the following functions: Case 25265

    • n Generate survey header from sector

    • n Assign survey to sectors

    • n Survey to grid comparison

    • n Import survey from text file

    • n Generate survey delta report

    version 5.3.1

    • n You now have the option of creating a new antenna system when a sector is cloned. To enable this setting, check the Create New Antenna System on Cloning Sector option on the Miscellaneous panel in the User Preference dialog box. Case 21320

    • n In previous versions of Mentum Planet, the Physical Cell ID Planning tool reserved PCIDs that were considered for all sectors regardless of whether they already had an assigned PCID or not. Now, you have the option of applying reserved PCIDs to all sectors (previous behavior) or only to sectors that do not already have a PCID assignment. Case 21023

    • n An impersonation option has been implemented that allows the RPE service to be configured to use the client's credentials to obtain access to the necessary objects. This feature resolves issues whereby predictions could not be generated when the application was operated in a Citrix environment in cases where the account under which the Planet Radio Propagation Engine (RPE) service operated did not have the required access rights. For more information, contact Mentum Customer Care. Case
      22745

    version 5.3

    • n Introduction of Mentum Planet editions, which determine the features available and the support included. Four editions are available: Basic, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. For more information, see the Mentum website.

    • n Introduction of a new Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) tool.

    • n LTE enhancements include:

    • n the introduction of an automatic threshold for the Automatic MIMO Switching antenna algorithm.

    • n improvements to the log normal fading modeling, in order to account for the correlation between signals.

    • n the ability to view RSRP predictions for a single base station or sector.

    • n support for Physical Cell ID planning to account for MIMO configurations.

    • n the ability to calculate reference coverage probabilities based on either RSRP or RSRQ

    • n new Tracking Area Code (TAC) support in the Site Editor.

    • n Modification of the calculation of RSRQ for scenarios with multiple transmitting antennas, in order to ensure that only antenna port 0 is accounted for.

    • n the uplink data rate layers have been modified so that data rates are displayed for a single user and not for the entire carrier bandwidth.

    • n the ability to define downlink and uplink maximum cell loads.

    • n the uplink cell loads are now displayed in the Site Editor.

    • n New prediction file format (.ppf instead of .bin) that improves performance and reduces the amount of disk space required for predictions.

    • n Ability to define prediction thresholds.

    • n Introduction of Mentum Planet editions, which determine the features available and the support included. Four editions are available: Basic, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. For more information, see the Mentum website.

    • n Introduction of a new Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) tool.

    • n LTE enhancements include:

    • n the introduction of an automatic threshold for the Automatic MIMO Switching antenna algorithm.

    • n improvements to the log normal fading modeling, in order to account for the correlation between signals.

    • n the ability to view RSRP predictions for a single base station or sector.

    • n support for Physical Cell ID planning to account for MIMO configurations.

    • n the ability to calculate reference coverage probabilities based on either RSRP or RSRQ

    • n new Tracking Area Code (TAC) support in the Site Editor.

    • n Modification of the calculation of RSRQ for scenarios with multiple transmitting antennas, in order to ensure that only antenna port 0 is accounted for.

    • n the uplink data rate layers have been modified so that data rates are displayed for a single user and not for the entire carrier bandwidth.

    • n the ability to define downlink and uplink maximum cell loads.

    • n the uplink cell loads are now displayed in the Site Editor.

    • n New prediction file format (.ppf instead of .bin) that improves performance and reduces the amount of disk space required for predictions.

    • n Ability to define prediction thresholds.

    • n Antenna Editor improvements include:

    • n Display preferences are now saved when closing and reopening the Antenna Editor. Cases 15436, 16098

    • n Ability to import multiple antennas and to automatically group them into the same .paf file, using an antenna definition file.

    • n Electrical Beam Steering algorithm enhancement. Ability to define a single horizontal pattern that automatically gets rotated based on the electrical azimuth defined in the site antenna systems.

    • n The colors defined in the antenna editor are now saved when closing and reopening the antenna editor.

    • n Ability to import antennas defined in .txt format.

    • n Ability to import antennas defined in .msi format Case 21510

    • n WiMAX and LTE analyses are now fully multi-threaded.

    • n Ability to import/export antenna algorithms. Case 23174

    • n Lazy loading of Tabular Editor.

    • n Import of TEMS Investigation files.

    • n The scanner survey data import now supports of TEMS_LOG files (for all technologies).

    • n Migration of WCMDA/HSPA, LTE FDD and LTE TDD Mentum Cell Planner projects to Mentum Planet.

    • n Ability to select sectors to be modified upon import of data with the import/export tool.

    • n You can now import LTE AOD files.

    • n Mentum Planet now supports the import of Cell Planner 10.0 projects.

    • n A confirmation now displays when attempting to re-generate a network analysis. The message informs you that the action will delete all previously generated analysis layers. The change applies to 3G and 4G technologies only. Case 22552

    • n You now have the ability to copy/paste antenna file names in the Site Editor. Cases 13855, 17579

    • n Neighbor planning management redesign:

    • n Active neighbors displayed in Site Editor

    • n Support for neighbor “black lists”

    • n New algorithm for neighbor plan generator (algorithms available in previous versions of Mentum Planet can still be used)

    • n Neighbor Plan optimization

    • n Ability to import/export of active neighbor lists

    • n Project Explorer now enables you to filter sites and antennas directly in the data window.

    • n Traffic Map Generator redesign:

    • n new user interface and workflows

    • n support for an indoor/outdoor ratio (including support for 3D geodata)

    • n support for service probability algorithm (the algorithms available in previous versions of Mentum Planet can still be used)

    • n You can now create a traffic map from a fixed subscriber table.

    • n You can now quickly and easily compare site set data to network data. You can also compare two site sets.

    • n Ability to compare data when importing data with the Import/Export tool.

    • n Interference matrix generation algorithms:

    • n overlapped best server area (the algorithm used in previous releases of Mentum Planet)

    • n best server area

    • n sector service probabilities (including the ability to select an environment(e.g., indoor or outdoor)

    • n You can now define base station types in the network settings that encompass the modulations supported as well as the neighbor plan criteria.

    • n Single Site Optimization tool that allows for the optimization of antenna configurations for a single Base Station. This tool is available for all the technologies supported in Mentum Planet. In the Single Site Optimization tool, you can also directly visualize the impact of parameter changes, by displaying signal strength and C/(N+I) grids. These grids are automatically updated when you change antenna parameters.

    • n A new Carrier Code display tool is available for all supported technologies for better visualization of carrier (or channel) reuse, color code (e.g., PCID, scrambling code, PN offset) reuse, and neighbor list relationships.

    • n Mentum Planet now includes the Predict -Air propagation model, which you can use to model high-altitude (aircraft-to-ground) communication. It can also be used when you want to define an AMSL receiver height.

    • n Mentum Planet now supports AMST in the Q9 propagation model.

    • n Mentum Planet now supports manual antenna tuning in the generation of unmasked predictions. You can define antenna correction factors on a per antenna system basis, based on the site configurations.

    • n The Planet General Model now supports multi-resolution geodata.

    • n In order to include more detailed information in a Mentum Planet project, you can now define local custom data attributes at the base station, site, sector, antenna, repeater, and carrier level.

    • n Mentum Planet now supports frequency sub-bands for GSM, TDMA/FDMA, WCDMA and cdma2000.

    • n Ability to define separate penetration losses for different frequency bands.

    • n You can now generate network analyses to a temporary location.

    • n Ability to account for “other-system interference” when generating cdma2000 and WCDMA network analyses and Monte Carlo simulations.

    • n Project Explorer now offers support for Unicode.

    • n You can now hide the Windows category of the Project Explorer for improved performance.

    • n The Mentum Planet Migrator has been integrated into Mentum Planet.

    • n Graphs can now be generated by selecting multiple columns (for X and Y axes) in report preview dialog boxes.

    • n A new Grid Processing tool is available that enables you to splice multiple grids (i.e., a set numeric (.grd) and/or classified (.grc) grids) into a single grid for further analysis.

    • n The Traffic Analysis and Dimensioning tool for GSM and TDMA-FDMA technologies is now available in Mentum Planet 5.3.

    • n Support for ARFCN numbers for GSM.

    • n Mentum Planet 5.3 includes MapInfo Professional 10.5.2.

    • n Support for the co-existence of Data Manager Server 5.4 with other versions of Data Manager Server.

    • n The commands on the Tools menu have been re-organized with the introduction of a new Optimization menu.

    • n Option to generate FCC contours based on PA power. Case 4572

    • n The 'Save settings and generate output' option is now the default option in the Network Analysis Wizard. Cases 19005, 22551

    • n Ability in the WiMAX AFPP to keep existing Preamble assignments when Preambles are defined on a per-channel basis.

    • n The Antennas tab in Tabular Editor (and in a file exported to MS Excel) now contains a new column that identifies the sector(s) which reference a given antenna. Case 19525

    • n The Select tables to import panel on the Project Data Import Wizard now provides a horizontal scroll bar to allow you to adjust the view to read long table names. Case
      20531

    • n You can now enable/disable the additional layer options (Project Settings>Advanced Options) using Mentum Planet API's. Case 19824

    • n You can now modify file path names (Project Settings>Folders) using Mentum Planet API's. Case 19825

    • n To improve performance, you can store only location information in the site table.

    • n The patch version is now displayed in the About Mentum Planet window (accessible from the Help menu). Case 4572

    • n A View Antennas function has been added to the Site Node in Project Explorer. This option allows you to display connecting lines between site and antenna locations. Cases 18480, 19866, 20464, 20796, 22210

    • n The Edit Site tool now remains enabled once activated until another user interface control is activated. Previously, that tool needed to be re-enabled after each use. Case
      3483

    • n A read-only sector ID field was added in the Antennas tab of the Tabular Editor and in the Excel spreadsheet exported by the Import/Export tool.

    • n Upon project creation, the Antenna Algorithms defined in the <Mentum Planet Installation>\Global folder are used instead of hard-coded antenna algorithms.

    • n Introduction of a new version of the Universal Model (version 391), which includes:

    • n performance improvements

    • n support for indoor to outdoor de-penetration

    • n improvements in the horizontal plan propagation estimation

    • n improved modeling of propagation with elevated structures (e.g., bridges).

    • n Select All/Unselect All buttons have been added to the Bearers tab in the Equipment Types section in the Subscriber Settings dialog box. Case 14211

    • n The Point-to-Point Profile tool now provides an option to identify transmitter and receiver sites using a distance filter. Case 13842

    version 5.2.1

    • n Support for LTE TDD

    • n Support for LTE TDD frame configurations

    • n Support for special subframe configurations

    • n Ability to generate fixed subscriber analyses

    • n Fixed subscribers analyses are now supported for WiMAX TDD, LTE FDD and LTE TDD

    • n Support for fixed subscribers at different heights

    • n Fixed subscriber editor

    • n Ability to run analyses for a single subscriber

    • n Enhanced Automatic Site Placement tool

    • n Ability to define a candidate site list and site priorities

    • n Support for network expansion

    • n Clutter weights

    • n Support for the Longley-Rice propagation model

    • n Creation and analysis of Microwave Links within Mentum Planet

    • n MapInfo 10.5

    • n Integrated free Bing Maps layers

    • n Layered, geo-referenced and data-enriched PDFs

    • n Multiple zoom-dependent styles

    • n Custom composite point & line styles

    • n TDD de-synchronization

    • n Interference matrix generation

    • n Network Analyses and Monte Carlo simulation

    LTE enhancements

    • n Power recycling: when MIMO is used, some resource elements are not used on specific antenna ports. In Mentum Planet 5.2, it was assumed that the power not used for those unused resource elements was lost. In Mentum Planet 5.2.1, users have the option to define if the power is “recycled” or not. This means that if MIMO is used, this will impact transmitted powers, indirectly affecting network analyses and Monte Carlo simulations.

    • n Downlink C/(N+I): in Mentum Planet 5.2, the Downlink C/(N+I) layer were computed for symbols on which there were reference signal resource elements. In

    Mentum Planet 5.2.1, the Downlink C/(N+I) layer is the average C/(N+I) over all the symbols of an LTE frame. This means that the Downlink C/(N+I) layer will be impacted.

    • n Antenna horizontal and vertical beamwidth are now shown in the Tabular Editor and in an export file. These read-only fields appear on the Sector Antennas tab.

    • n You can now easily apply flag and group settings for one sector to all other sectors on a site. This can be done from the Sector>General tab in the Site Editor.

    • n Terrain height is now displayed in the Site Editor. This field is read-only.

    • n The size of the Point-to-Point Profile tool window is now saved. When you open the tool, the window size is the same as it was when the tool was last used.

    • n The Planet Open API now supports the generation of traffic maps.

    • n The width of flag conditions displayed in the Site Editor has been expanded. You can now view up to 30 characters (the maximum allowable) in the drop-down control.

    • n Filtered surveys are now assigned to the same sectors as the original sectors.

    • n The subscribers table generated through LTE Monte Carlo simulation now contains fields for RSRP, RSRQ and CQI.

    • n You can now display a layer based on a Group and a layer based on Flags in a map window at the same time.

    • n You can now export Total EIRP and Uplink Composite Noise Figure EIRP values for TDMA/FDMA sectors.

    • n Propagation models are now sorted alphabetically in the Site Editor.

    • n Project data import is now non case-sensitive. For instance, if you are importing flag conditions such as 'Active', 'ACTIVE' or 'active' all will be considered to be the same condition.

    • n The survey filtering function now has options to 'Delete original survey' and 'Unassign original survey'. These options are implemented as check boxes in the Survey Filtering window.

    • n You can now clone a sector from within the Site Editor. To do this, right-click on an existing sector and select 'Clone'. All sector properties are copied to the new sector.

    • n Planet Universal Model now applies model tuning coefficients to all geographic areas, including areas that fall outside the extents of the elevation file that was active when the model was tuned. Previously, tuning coefficients were only applied within the extents of the elevation file that was active when the model was tuned. Default coefficients were used outside that area.

    • n You can access all user guide PDFs provided for Mentum Planet by choosing the Guides command from the Help menu.

    • n When running propagation model analysis based on sectors, surveys with antenna properties that are different from the antenna properties on the sector to which they have been assigned are discarded. A small margin is allowed with respect to antenna height and power. The margin for antenna height is 10cm, the margin for antenna power is 0.01 dB. Case 17442

    • n The Project Explorer is now part of the Mentum Planet application window. It can be docked and supports an auto-hide feature. When the Project Explorer is docked, you can no longer click within a node label. Instead, when you want to rename a node, you must type the full name of the object to be renamed.

    version 5.2

    In version 5.2 of Mentum Planet, the following new features and enhancements have been included:

    • n Support for UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ with increased performance and scalability compared to previous Mentum Planet releases. HSPA+ support includes MIMO, 64 QAM modulation, and DC-HSDPA.

    • n Beta-level support for GSM.

    • n Enhanced scrambling code planning, including better algorithms, scrambling code group planning, and comprehensive management of scrambling codes.

    • n Major LTE improvements, including

    • n Proportional Fair, Proportional Demand, and Maximum Capacity schedulers

    • n Modulation Coding Schemes C/(N+I) to Spectral Efficiency curves

    • n Subscriber mobility support in network analyses and Monte Carlo simulations

    • n Addition of antenna algorithms (up to 8 Tx and Rx antennas)

    • n Simultaneous diversity and multiplexing

    • n PBCH Channel support

    • n The addition of two new layers displaying the maximum spectral efficiency that can be reached, on the uplink and the downlink

    • n Previously, in the Site Editor, the average power per reference signal resource element, as well as reference signal strength, were based on the assumption that the PA power defined was for a single antenna port. In Mentum Planet 5.2.1, if a MIMO antenna algorithm is assigned, the average power per reference signal resource element, as well as reference signal strength, are based on the assumptions that: 1) the PA power defined is the combined PA power of all the antennas and 2) if using MIMO the number of Tx antennas defined in the antenna assigned to the sector is used. This change affects the Reference Signal Strength, the RSRP and the reference C/(N+I) analysis layer. Depending on the settings that you defined, some other analysis layers may be directly impacted (e.g. DL CINR, if you used reference signal

    frequency hopping) and some may be indirectly impacted if based on reference C/ (N+I). The change will also affect Monte Carlo simulation results.

    • n Enhanced WiMAX support, including

    • n Proportional Fair, Proportional Demand, and Maximum Capacity schedulers

    • n Interactive frequency and preamble planning

    • n Per-sector or per-channel preamble

    • n Modulation Coding Schemes C/(N+I) to Spectral Efficiency curves

    • n The addition of two new layers displaying the maximum spectral efficiency that can be reached, on the uplink and the downlink

    • n Numerous improvements to automatic frequency and preamble planning and to existing WiMAX features

    • n Support for user-defined TDMA/FDMA technologies, including

    • n Custom-defined TDMA/FDMA technologies

    • n Simulcast (P25, TETRAPOLE, and TDMA/FDMA technologies)

    • n Land Mobile Radio / Private Mobile Radio networks

    • n Advanced automatic site placement (ASP), allowing for smart placement of new sites using network dimensioning based on traffic and propagation characteristics.

    • n Improvements to the measurement data package (MDP) to support the import of Agilent AOD files and the propagation model accuracy analysis tool.

    • n Integration of MapInfo Professional 10.0 into Mentum Planet, introducing new features in Layer Control and layer management, as well as new menus and toolbars.

    • n Introduction of a new version of the Universal Model (version 380). This new version includes:

    • n support of Mentum Planet 5.2

    • n minor improvements and corrections

    • n CPE coordinate units now respect the units specified in the Preferences window. Cases 11035, 12988, 15136

    • n The Planet Open API now supports Monte Carlo simulation. Case 15498

    • n The Link Configuration Editor can now be accessed from the Site Editor. Case 14364

    • n Signal strength files are no longer kept permanently unless you specify them as an additional layer in the project settings. This change is meant to improve performance and reduce hard disk space requirements. As a consequence of this change, beginning with Mentum Planet version 5.2.0, signal strength files can no longer be shared. Case
      12287

    • n A new analysis layer has been added (for cdma2000 and WCDMA) that computes required mobile power based on the maximum achievable data rate. Case 12680

    version 5.1.1

    • n Introduction of a new analysis generator tool that allows you to select multiple network analyses of any technology to run in batch mode. Cases 12291 and 12717

    • n Introduction of new functionality for interference matrices:

    • n the ability to import interference matrices

    • n the ability to merge interference matrices

    • n Introduction of a new option (Apply Cell Loads to Selected Sectors) to the Monte Carlo Simulation node in Project Explorer. This option allows you to apply cell loads to a subset of sectors. This subset can be based on a map window selection, the flags filter, a sector group or a query. Case 13791

    • n Introduction of a new version of the Universal Model (version 370.1475). This new version includes:

    • n improved accuracy (e.g., clutter heights files are now computed to an accuracy of 0.25 m)

    • n improved indoor penetration modeling, especially on the buildings border

    • n a new version of the FLEXLM licensing software (version 11.8)

    • n memory consumption improvements for large calculation areas

    • n minor improvements and corrections

    • n Improvements to automatic frequency and preamble planning:

    • n introduction of new constraints

    • n the ability to simultaneously view multiple plan parameters in a Map window

    • n Improved scalability of Monte Carlo simulations. Case 13809

    • n Mobile antenna gain is now accounted for in signal strength layers generated through Network Analysis. This change is applicable to all supported technologies. Case
      10890

    • n For LTE and WiMAX, antenna gain is now included in signal strength related network analysis layers. Antenna gain is also considered in LTE and WiMAX Monte Carlo simulations. Cases 12722 and 10890

    version 5.1

    • n Support for cdma2000 radio access technology.

    • n Improved EV-DO Rev. A modeling with the introduction of higher data rates bearers for both the forward and reverse link. In Mentum Planet 4.5, for EV-DO Rev A, 16-slot bearers were supported only. In Mentum Planet 5.1, higher data rates are supported with the ability to use bearers with 4, 8, 12 and 16 slots.

    • n Support for a generic technology, providing a convenient way to manage candidate cells for which there are no detailed radio parameters.

    • n Improved LTE network modeling with the introduction of an analysis layer for the RSRQ as well as improvements to the data rate layers in terms of the impact of the overhead channels on the effective data rates.

    • n Improved LTE Frame Editor for inclusion of additional frame information.

    • n Frequency and Physical Cell-Id ID Planning for LTE networks.

    • n In order to improve the performance of LTE and WiMAX network analysis and Monte Carlo simulations in dense networks, Mentum Planet software code has been improved. The impact on the performance is project-specific; the performance improvements will vary based on the number of sectors, the density of the sectors, etc.

    • n Support for fiber and RF repeaters for LTE, WiMAX, and cdma2000.

    • n Support for split sectors and distributed antenna systems (DAS), enabling a single logical cell to be transmitted over several service antennas.

    • n Introduction of a new automatic site placement tool which enables the quick creation of networks based on a hexagonal cell structure.

    • n Management of site/sector queries for private queries and shared collaborative queries.

    • n Full support of antennas systems shared across multiple technologies.

    • n A new Select Antenna File dialog is available from the General tab for a selected antenna in the Site Editor. The dialog box has been designed to facilitate the selection of antenna patterns based on frequency bands or MIMO support, for example.

    • n LTE-cdma2000 multi-technology neighbor list management.

    • n The Measurement Data Package now supports LTE Test Mobile and Scan Receiver data import, visualization, and conversion to survey data for use in model tuning

    • n Ability to extract statistics for any report generated in Mentum Planet or, in the case of statistical analyses, statistics on statistics.

    • n Introduction of the Mentum Planet Open API.

    • n Support for electronically controlled antennae (i.e., e-Tilt, e-Azimuth and e- Beamwidth) at the cell level.

    • n The network overlay tool now supports input projects from Mentum Planet 5.1, 5.0 as well as previous versions of Mentum Planet.

    • n Redesigned FCC tools.

    • n New Select Sectors dialog box enables you to select sectors based on groups, flags, or queries. It also includes a preview list that displays the sectors that will be selected.

    • n Ability to generate site labels from the Tabular Editor and Report Preview dialog box based on selected data.

    • n A new version of the Universal Model (version 370.1403). This new version includes:

    • n Support for multi-threaded prediction calculation

    • n Support for all electronically controlled antennae functions (e-Tilt, e-Azimuth and e- Beamwidth)

    • n Change of default model tuning options

    • n Removal of some warning message about morphologies

    • n Memory management improvements with high resolution building data

    • n Minor improvements/corrections

    version 5.0.1

    • n A new network analysis layer for the RSRP (Reference Signal Received Power) has been introduced for LTE network analyses. This layer shows the average received power over the resource elements that carry reference signals. Case 11329

    • n The calculation of the LTE reference signal was modified in Mentum Planet 5.0.1 such that it now represents the power used by the resource elements carrying the reference signal. This change naturally impacts the Reference Signal Strength network analysis layer. Other analysis layers, e.g.,the Reference C/(N+I) layer, and layers that depend on the Reference C/(N+I) (e.g., interference coordination) will be modified as well.

    • n The range for the Useful Bits per Symbol value on the Modulations panel in the Network Settings dialog box has been extended so that any value between 0.01 and 10.0 can be entered.

    • n The WiMAX AFPP tool has been modified to allow you to apply constraints that will force only adjacent channels to be assigned to sectors.

    version 5.0

    • n Support for WiMAX and LTE networks—detailed modeling of OFDMA air-interfaces and support for Advanced Antenna Systems (AAS)

    • n Ease of use—redesigned user interfaces, easy-to-use tabular editors and new site management features

    • n Better scalability and stability—ability to handle larger networks within a single project due to a reduced memory footprint and improved memory management

    • n Future-proof platform—ready for on-going evolution of radio access networks including OFDM technologies and advanced antenna systems

    • n Improved APIs—open antenna format and API with support for advanced antennas; improved iecon performance, and new APIs available

    • n Better performance—improved performance in user interfaces, data-related actions and import/export functions; furthermore, Mentum Planet 5.0 includes a new prediction engine that generates predictions faster than previously

    • n MapInfo Professional 9.5.1—Mentum Planet 5.0 includes a MapInfo 9.5.1 OEM version with enhanced GIS functionalities.

    Improved usability

    Many of the main dialog boxes in Mentum Planet have been redesigned to support new technologies and improve the ease-of-use:

    • n the Site Editor, which fully supports shared antennas and multi-technology sites

    • n multiple tabular editors, which offer sorting, filtering, copying/pasting and mass editing capabilities

    • n the Antenna Editor, which supports multi-band, RET, REA, and multiple antennas capabilities (e.g., MIMO and smart antennas)

    • n the new Subscriber Settings dialog box, where you can define the multiple services, mobile equipment types, and subscriber types that are used in 4G analyses and simulations

    • n the Environment Editor, which supports the activation and advanced settings of multiple radio environments

    • n all new editors display visual cues to indicate changes to data

    • n Improved propagation modeling

    • n New propagation engine offers improved prediction performance with the inclusion of a multi-threaded prediction generator

    • n Redesigned propagation model editor provides for intuitive and straight-forward editing of model parameters; furthermore, the Planet model format has changed. Former .cpa and .dpm has been merged into an open xml format (.pmf).

    • n Support for the following propagation models:

    • n Planet General Model (PGM)

    • n CRC-Predict 4.0 (CRC Predict 4.2 and 4.3 are included for backwards compatibility with previous versions of Mentum Planet)

    • n Universal Model, (version 365). This new version includes the following features:

    • n New advanced model tuning algorithm that provides better robustness for tuned models

    • n Optional pre-filtering of surveys before automated model tuning

    • n Faster prediction computation times for very high resolutions

    • n Correction and optimization of the building penetration option for better indoor prediction results with very large buildings

    Minor improvements

    • n Support for 3D antenna diagrams in the Planet General Model and CRC-Predict 4.0 propagation models.

    • n Mentum Planet includes the Measurement Data Package, which encompasses the following features:

    • n Support for Survey Prediction Tool, which enables you to merge measurement values with prediction values

    • n Support for WiMAX Test Mobile and Scan Receiver data import, visualization, and conversion to survey data for use in model tuning

    CRC-Predict version 2.0 is no longer supported. As a result, you must migrate to CRC- Predict 4.0. See the CRC-Predict 4 Emulation of CRC-Predict 2 document.

    Support for WiMAX

    Mentum Planet introduces advanced support for Fixed and Mobile WiMAX RF planning and optimization through the following feature set:

    • n Support for mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and fixed WiMAX (802.16d) technologies

    • n Support for TDD and FDD duplexing

    • n Multi-technology support for WiMAX (mobile and fixed)

    • n Support for multiple bands and multiple WiMAX channels

    • n Support for adaptive uplink and downlink modulations

    • n Support for transmit and receive masks

    • n Support for multiple WiMAX frame configurations

    • n Support for segmentation and WiMAX permutation zones (FUSC/PUSC)

    • n Support for variable WiMAX cyclic prefixes

    • n Support for smart antenna modeling

    • n Support for MIMO A (diversity), MIMO B (spatial multiplexing) and WiMAX AMS (Automatic MIMO switching) modeling

    • n Support for FFR

    • n Automatic preamble and channel planning

    • n Mobile WiMAX perm base planning (available in the Automatic Frequency Preamble and Perm Base Planning tool)

    • n Automatic Frequency Planning for WiMAX

    • n Fixed subscribers table, editor, and management

    • n Support for RF environment modeling

    • n Support for multiple CPE equipment types

    • n Support for fixed CPE antennas

    • n Support for preamble CNIR or preamble signal-strength for best server selection

    • n Uplink-limited best server selection

    • n Advanced WiMAX network analysis engine

    • n Common and per-channel WiMAX analysis layer generation

    • n WiMAX Monte Carlo simulation

    • n Support for multiple scheduling algorithms

    • n Monte-Carlo report generation and discrete subscribers analysis

    Support for LTE (Long Term Evolution)

    Mentum Planet introduces advanced support for LTE RF planning and optimization through the following feature set:

    • n Support for LTE FDD technology

    • n Support for multiple bands and multiple LTE FDD carriers

    • n Support for adaptive uplink and downlink modulations

    • n Support for transmit and receive masks

    • n Support for LTE frame configurations

    • n Support for variable LTE cyclic prefixes

    • n Support for smart antenna modeling

    • n Support for diversity, MIMO spatial multiplexing, and AMS (Automatic MIMO switching) modeling

    • n Support for interference coordination/ FFR

    • n Support for multiple scheduling algorithms for interference coordination

    • n Support for RF environment modeling

    • n Support for multiple user equipment types

    • n Support for fixed user equipment antennas

    • n Support for reference signal CNIR or preamble signal-strength for best server selection

    • n Advanced LTE network analysis engine

    • n Common and per carrier LTE analysis layers

    • n Support for other system interferences in LTE network analysis

    • n LTE Monte-Carlo simulation

    • n Support for multiple scheduling algorithms

    • n Monte-Carlo report generation and discrete subscribers analysis

    Site management

    Mentum Planet introduces a new Site Editor that facilitates the site management workflow with an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.

    • n New Site Editor designed to support 4G technology sites with full management of shared antennas and advanced antenna systems.

    • n Support of multi-technology base stations in the Site Editor provides the capability to manage multiple base stations using different radio technologies at the same site

    • n New site set feature offers local versioning of network sites with the capability to merge or copy site sets

    • n Site templates enable you to create and store multiple site templates thus streamlining the site creation process. Site templates can be shared using the Data Manager

    • n Enhanced sector display schemes enable you to create sector display schemes based on user-defined statistical data. This provides flexible visualization of sector parameters and properties.

    Data management

    Mentum Planet includes an advanced data management system including:

    • n a Data Manager through which projects are stored and shared

    • n a flexible import/export tool through which you can import or export:

    • n standard cell parameters

    • n mobile WIMAX, fixed WiMAX, LTE, and cdma2000-specific parameters

    • n an Import / Export API for Mentum Planet (iecon command line)

    • n an Import / Export API for Data Manager (iecon command line)

    • n support for attachments to a project

    • n ability to manage local data versioning

    Other enhancements

    The Mentum Planet release includes other new features including:

    • n a Sector Query Editor, which enables you to query sector data using complex expressions.

    Mentum Planet 5.0 included other important new features such as:

    • n the Network Overlay tool, which can be used to create WiMAX or LTE networks in Mentum Planet 5.0 using sites from other Mentum Planet projects or from another data source

    • n the Network Data tool, which includes a generic network data import, report review tool, sector display scheme creation ability, and traffic map creation using imported data

    • n Embedded Microsoft Bing Maps™ Viewer (formerly known as Virtual Earth™), which supports Mentum Planet sites and MapInfo raster data visualization

    • n a connection to the Mentum Antenna Server, which supports an antenna pattern search and download from a central antenna database repository

    • n New Mentum Planet icons

    Enhanced user documentation

    Mentum Planet comes with a comprehensive documentation set including:

    • n cdma2000 User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n WCDMA User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n LTE User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n WiMAX User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n Fixed WiMAX User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n TDMA-FDMA User Guide contains the information you need to begin creating projects and analysing networks.

    • n OFDMA Collisions Technical Note contains information about the collision scenarios when in a WiMAX OFDMA mode of operation

    • n LTE Analysis Layers Technical Note helps you better understand common LTE analysis layers and their intended use.

    • n WiMAX Analysis Layers Technical Note helps you better understand common WiMAX analysis layers and their intended use.

    • n Mentum Planet Extensions Application Note contains examples of how to extend Mentum Planet functionality using the new Extension Manager.

    • n CRC-Predict 4 Emulation of CRC-Predict 2 document explains how to emulate tuned CRC-Predict 2 propagation models using Predict 4 in order to benefit from the improved overall accuracy of the new model and to provide access to the new multi- threaded prediction capabilities

    In addition, you can access the Customer Care Knowledge Base directly from the Mentum Planet online Help or from the Help menu within Mentum Planet.

    System requirements

    The system requirements outlined in this section are general recommendations only and are based on typical usage of Mentum Planet software. This section details the system requirements for:

    • n workstations

    • n the License Manager Server

    System requirements for workstations

    The tables below detail the workstation configurations for Mentum Planet.

    Mentum Planet runs on the Microsoft .NET framework (version 4.0). If you do not have this software installed on your computer, you will be prompted to connect to the Microsoft web site to download and install it. To do so requires an Internet connection.

    Warning: Requirements vary depending on the layout of the network, the number of sites, and the work practices you adopt.

     

    Minimum configuration

    This configuration is suggested for networks up to 3 000 sectors. You can work with larger networks using this configuration but performance may be impacted.

    Processor

    Workstation: Single Core Intel CPU (e.g., the Celeron 440, 2GHz clock) or equivalent

    RAM

    2 GB

    Hard disk

    At least 20 GB free space

     

    Minimum configuration

    Display

    SVGA (16-bit), 1280x1024

    Operating System

    Windows XP 32-bit

    It is recommended that you set the system locale to “English (United States)”.

    Some Automatic Updates can cause your computer to reboot, which may interrupt operations in Mentum Planet. It is recommended that you modify the Automatic Updates settings so that they are not done automatically.

    Required Software

    In order to use the Mentum Planet Import/Export tool, you must have Microsoft Excel installed. In addition, you must have Adobe Reader installed to view the Mentum Planet user documentation.

     

    Recommended configuration

    This configuration is suggested for networks up to 15 000 sectors. You can work with larger networks using this configuration but performance may be impacted.

    Processor

    Workstation: Intel Core-2 Duo 2GHz or Dual-Core-2 Extreme or equivalent

    RAM

    4 GB

    Hard disk

    A quick SATA model - 50 GB free space

    Display

    SVGA (16-bit), 1280x1024

    Operating System

    Windows 7 64-bit

    It is recommended that you set the system locale to “English (United States)”.

    Some Automatic Updates can cause your computer to reboot, which may interrupt operations in Mentum Planet. It is recommended that you modify the Automatic Updates settings so that they are not done automatically.

    Required Software

    In order to use the Mentum Planet Import/Export tool, you must have Microsoft Excel installed. In addition, you must have Adobe Reader installed to view the Mentum Planet user documentation.

    Note: An Internet connection is required to validate licenses. If there is no Internet connection, you can complete the offline registration form and email it to Customer Care.

    Note: To run Mentum Planet, you must be a member of the “Power Users” group at a minimum. Regular “Users” must be granted write access privileges to the <Mentum Planet installation> folder to run Mentum Planet.

    Note: Windows XP 32-bits or 64-bits and Windows Vista 32-bits or 64-bits are supported.

    Note: For information about system requirements for the Data Manager Server, see the Data Manager Server Administrator Guide

    System requirements for the License Manager Server

    The License Server is contacted each time a user starts an instance of Mentum Planet. It is also contacted periodically throughout the Mentum Planet session. As a result, it is important to choose a computer that is always available to serve the licenses. Ideally, the License Server should be installed on a file or DNS server because these computers are always online. Static, fixed IP addresses provide the best performance. However, you can install the License Server on any computer with Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows Vista because the resources required to serve the licenses are minimal (5 MB free disk space).

    The system requirements listed in the following tables are intended for deployment scenarios where Citrix or Windows Terminal Services are being used.

    Warning: Requirements vary depending on the layout of the network, the number of sites, and the work practices you adopt.

    System requirements for server configurations

    The tables below detail the configurations for Mentum Planet for server configurations.

    Note: Mentum Planet runs on the Microsoft .NET framework (version 4.0). If you do not have this software installed on your computer, you will be prompted to connect to the Microsoft web site to download and install it. To do so requires an Internet connection.

    Warning: Requirements vary depending on the layout of the network, the number of sites, and the work practices you adopt.

    Recommended Configuration for a Small Deployment

    A small deployment is one in which up to 5 simultaneous users are accessing Mentum Planet installed on a single application server and using either Windows Terminal Services or Citrix for remote access from client.

    Processor

    Xeon-class or equivalent processor with at least 6 cores + hyper-threading

    RAM

    12 GB of RAM

    Hard disk

    1 TB of storage

    Display

    SVGA (16-bit), 1280x1024

    Operating System

    Windows 2008 Server R2, 64-bit

    It is recommended that you set the system locale to “English (United States)”.

    Some Automatic Updates can cause your computer to reboot, which may interrupt operations in Mentum Planet. It is recommended that you modify the Automatic Updates settings so that they are not done automatically.

    Recommended Configuration for a Medium Deployment

    A medium deployment is one in which up to 10 simultaneous users are accessing Mentum Planet installed on a single application server and using either Windows Terminal Services or Citrix for remote access from client.

    Processor

    Dual Xeon-based processor with at least 4 cores per processor + hyper threading

    RAM

    24 GB

    Hard disk

    2 TB of storage

    Display

    SVGA (16-bit), 1280x1024

    Operating System

    Windows 2008 Server R2, 64-bit

    It is recommended that you set the system locale to “English (United States)”.

    Some Automatic Updates can cause your computer to reboot, which may interrupt operations in Mentum Planet. It is recommended that you modify the Automatic Updates settings so that they are not done automatically.

    Recommended Configuration for a Large Deployment

    A large deployment is one in which more than 10 simultaneous users are accessing Mentum Planet.

    Consult Mentum Customer Care.

    Documentation

    In order to ensure that you get the most out of your Mentum Planet software, a comprehensive Help set is available to guide you.

    Online Help

    To benefit from the most up-to-date user documentation, you can connect to the Mentum server and search for topics of interest. Online help includes help for MapInfo Professional dialog boxes and windows.

    Warning: In order to ensure you are viewing the latest Help, verify that your Internet Options specify that newer versions of stored pages be displayed. In Internet Explorer, open the Internet Options dialog box and, in the Browsing History section on the General tab, click Settings.

    Offline Help

    If you are not connected to the Internet, you can still use the local copy of the Help that was installed with the software. This version, naturally, will not be as current as the version accessed from the server. Nonetheless, it contains information about all the basic tasks you can perform using Mentum Planet. Offline help includes help for MapInfo Professional dialog boxes and windows.

    Context-sensitive Help

    You can access Help from every dialog box in Mentum Planet by pressing F1.

    Note: Context-sensitive Help for MapInfo Professional opens a separate Help system that encompasses only MapInfo Professional topics.

    Knowledge Base

    You can access the Knowledge Base by choosing the Knowledge Base command from the Help menu. The Knowledge Base includes up-to-date articles created by the Mentum Customer Care team that provide information and solutions to questions often asked. You can access additional resources from the Help menu including product information and the company web site. From the Mentum web page, you can download Application Notes and other product documentation as well as access the Self-Service Portal (including the Knowledge Base).

    Tip: Mentum has a comprehensive training portfolio including on-site training, web training, and mentoring. You can access information about Mentum training by choosing Help > Training from within Mentum Planet or visit our website.

    Training

    Mentum has a comprehensive training portfolio including on-site training, web training, and mentoring. You can access information about Mentum training by choosing Help > Training from within Mentum Planet or visit our website.

    Getting Started

    Read the "Basic Usage" chapter of the Getting Started Guide to begin learning how to use Mentum Planet. It provides a quick start tutorial of common tasks.