Advanced 3D Wireless Simulator Coming to MarketCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: July 31, 2012 05:54AM
Wireless networks are really useful when trying to connect large areas but making sure the coverage is effective can be difficult. One wireless transmitter can only reach so far in open space, but in more complex environments like factories, mines, drilling platforms, and more, there are several factors that can impede transmissions. Previously areas with poor connectivity could only be found by actually searching for them after the network was installed. Now researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a simulation system that can use a 3D model of a structure to predict where dead zones will be, and thus allow for better networks to be designed before any hardware is installed.
This simulation system is able to predict the time delay of transmissions in specific areas along with their power, and should soon come to market thanks to Networcism. Networcism is a company founded by researchers at ORNL and they have recently signed a licensing agreement for this software. Other software simulators do exist for this purpose, but this is the first that can incorporate models of structures into its calculations.