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EDX Enhances In-Building RF Planning Tool

Eugene, OR, April 12, 2012 – EDX Wireless, a leading provider of RF planning tools, has announced the release of version 2.3 of EDX® Signal-IQ™, a comprehensive software system for the design of in-building wireless networks, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), picocell, femtocell and 802.11 Access Point (AP) deployments.

Extending EDX SignalPro family of RF planning solutions, EDX Signal-IQ is a fully integrated standalone indoor RF design tool focused on the unique and evolving needs of inbuilding design. With support for advanced RF modeling based on EDX’s 25 years of RF experience, Signal-IQ delivers rapid and accurate designs for indoor wireless networks.

“This release expands the capabilities of Signal-IQ by adding significant new functionality specific for the design of in-building multi-floor active and passive DAS RF networks.", said Steve Webster, Director of Product Management at EDX. “ We worked closely with our partners to address their emerging needs and in Signal-IQ Version 2.3 have created a comprehensive, yet cost effective in building RF design package."

Designed with simple operation, yet with accurate RF coverage predictions as its primary goals, Signal-IQ streamlines end to end design of in building RF networks of all types. Due to its efficient calculation algorithms, Signal-IQ can show real-time predicted RF coverage as an antenna or Access Point is moved, allowing the engineer to optimize the coverage from each antenna or AP.

Signal-IQ streamlines the import of building floor plans, including .DWG (AutoCAD) format or via a simple integrated Floor plan converter that converts bitmap images to wall vector files. Signal-IQ also includes advanced wall sketching tools that allow the user to simply and quickly sketch floor plans on imported image files. RF properties can then be assigned to walls and other objects via simple pull down menus. Indoor RF network designs can be rapidly created by placing RF objects and connecting them with various placement tools including automatic RF and active DAS (fiber) cable tools that allows a rapid and intuitive connection between RF objects. Inter-floor cable connections through risers can also be specified and designed in Signal-IQ 2.3. Cable lengths and RF losses are automatically calculated and stored in the Bill of Materials and RF link budget lists. Other features include a schematic view that allows the engineer to visualize the RF components and their interconnection. With the schematic view and other automatic error checking functions, the RF engineer can easily see missing or incorrect connections and RF connector gender mismatches.

With the RF design placed on the floor plan, Signal-IQ allows the user to simulate and display the coverage of the indoor wireless network via a wide range of available RF study options. Another innovation is the RF design optimization tool which calculates EiRP and predicted coverage in real time as the antenna is moved around the floor plan of the building. This innovative feature allows the user to rapidly try what-if scenarios and optimize the coverage of each antenna in a complex DAS system.

Additionally, Signal-IQ 2.3 contains many advances in overall workflow and usability. Helpful features have been added to streamline complex processes which are easily accessible with a quick context sensitive menu.

About EDX Wireless

EDX network design tools are some of the most widely used engineering software products for designing wireless communications networks, including wireless broadband,
WiMAX, LTE, Wi-Fi, Public Safety, and other mobile wireless systems. This mature suite of tools is the result of over 25 years of development effort, EDX propagation and planning tools have been used in more than 60 countries worldwide for the successful design and deployment
of wireless networks.