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News around AWE Communications and WinProp in the last 12 months:
  


December 2010 
New MIMO module released

A new MIMO module for the WinProp software suite is released. With the new module, the increase in data throughput due to MIMO for different air interfaces (e.g. LTE,...) can be analyzed. Different polarizations can be assigned to the MIMO antennas and the polarization of the signals is also considered during the determination of the interference in the network and for the computation of the interference between the MIMO streams (the data about the polarization can also be used optionally for the computation of the interference in Non-MIMO networks).

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Aselsan selected WinProp's propagation engine for rural scenarios and integrated the engine into their software product.
Petra Solar will use WinProp for the analysis of wireless radio links between solar panels. This application towards MESH and sensor networks shows again the flexibility of the WinProp software suite and its capability to simulate radio channels in various environments.
WizYa Technologies, offering innovative wireless solutions for LTE and WiMAX system vendors and operators, relies now on WinProp to simulate their wireless radio networks.

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The goal of the J-ORTIGIA project was the exploration of the practical issues of the Digital Video Broadcast Satellite to Handheld (DVB-SH) technology. Based on the deployment of a satellite (W2A) providing broadcast services to mobile vehicular terminals using the DVB-SH air interface pre-commercial trials were run in Pisa (Italy) to evaluate the hybrid satellite and terrestrial network architecture incl. the complementary ground component in SH-A and SH-B modes.
The focus of AWE was the radio network planning for the corresponding trials and the verification of the recorded measurement data.
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The new project SIFUKO (SImulator For Wireless CommUnication NetworKs based On RCS), co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF), coordinates the research activities of EMSS and AWE Communications in the field of radio channel modelling in time variant scenarios. During the next 18 months EMSS and AWE will develop a software platform for the simulation of car to car communications in complex and time variant scenarios

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Infineon selected the WinProp software suite because of its highly sophisticated radio channel simulation capabilities and its ray-optical propagation models for urban, indoor, and even hybrid (urban/indoor) scenarios.
Besides Infineon also the University of Aalborg in Denmark selected WinProp to simulate the mobile radio channel in various environments.

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Our Japanese partner Johokobo shows the WinProp software suite at the IEICE conference in Osaka, Japan.
The successful cooperation between Johokobo and AWE Communications started in 2004. Since these early days, Johokobo has been distributing the products and services of AWE Communications in Japan.

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The new release V10.3 of the propagation engine for Forsk Atoll convinced new customers. Among them are cellular network operators in Europe (e.g. Kyivstar (Ukraine)) and Asia (e.g. LG Telecom in South Korea).
The V10.3 of the plug-in offers new auto-calibration features and improved building and topo data interface to increase the accuracy and to accelerate the predictions. 

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Within a few weeks after its release, the new edition of WinProp V10E - especially discounted for academic use in universities and similar institutes - was sold to many customers in America, Asia, and Europe. Among them were: University of Wyoming (USA), British Columbia Institute of Technology (Canada), IHPC (Singapore), Chongqing University (China), Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany), IPL at ESTG in Leiria (Portugal), and many more.

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The new propagation models for urban, indoor, and hybrid (urban/indoor) scenarios convinced Europe's no. 1 in the space industry: EADS Astrium.
Customers like Astrium
are using the WinProp suite beyond terrestrial propagation analysis. The integration of satellite transmitters (either geostationary or low elevation orbit satellites) allows the propagation analysis of satellite networks as well as hybrid networks (satellites and terrestrial repeaters).

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Samsung (Korea) purchased WinProp in 2007 for the planning of WiMAX networks. Now Samsung selected the powerful CNP extension to simulate also the coverage inside buildings as well as the interference between outdoor and indoor transmitters.

Qualcomm (USA) has been working for a long time with WinProp to analyze the indoor propagation of terrestrial and satellite transmitters and is now extending the number of WinProp licenses.
 

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Guatemala's  cellular network operator TIGO seleced the WinProp propagation engine for Aircom Asset. The advantages of the plug-in in urban scenarios convinced TIGO to select the product of AWE Communications.

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In 2010, the new WinProp V10 was sold to customers in Africa, America (North & South), Asia, Australia, and Europe. This shows again the worldwide success of the WinProp software suite - for many years, WinProp was sold each year on all continents.  

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The definition of the prediction area for the urban ray tracing engine (IRT) was extended. Now subareas can be defined to compute areas with very high resolution even in very large cities. This feature is especially important for a detailed analysis of the mobile radio channel (i.e. spatial impulse response) in urban areas.

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The US company Nextivity, a leading developer of indoor cellular coverage technology, selected WinProp's highly accurate indoor propagation models to analyze and to plan wireless indoor networks.
The IIS, a German research institute of Fraunhofer in Ilmenau, purchased also a WinProp software license.

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A new engine for the auto-calibration of the propagation models is now available. The new engine is especially improving the accuracy of deterministic propagation models for indoor and urban scenarios and includes a calibration of the material properties of 3D vector databases (indoor and urban).

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The network optimizer module is a plug-in for the WinProp software package supporting the user to increase the efficiency during the network planning process. Based on a set of transmitter locations (defined and selected by the user), the optimizer module selects the best locations to obtain a good coverage (with smallest interference).
Besides the selection of the best locations the software package is also able to automatically assign the carriers to the transmitters to achieve lowest interference (and highest throughput).


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AWE Communications presented two scientific papers at the RADCOM 2010 conference in Hamburg, Germany. One paper presented the simulator for sensor and MESH networks, the other paper focused on the propagtion engine for time-variant scenarios (e.g. Car2Car networks).

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Etisalat Lanka, a cellular network operator, selected the WinProp propagation engine for the Atoll radio network planning tool to improve the accuracy of the propagation models in urban areas

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The European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) will be hosted in April 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
AWE Communications will present the newest release of
WinProp at the exhibition of the EuCAP.



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After only 2.5 months, the various propagation engines of WinProp have again been sold on many continents all over the globe: Africa (e.g. Vodacom extended the license with the tunnel propagation module), America (e.g. Mann Wireless purchased the urban propagation module), Asia (e.g. Wuhan Fiberhome selected the rural propagation engine), and Europe (e.g. EADS for indoor scenarios).

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AWE Communications extends the WinProp software package for the analysis of femto cells within the public funded project FORUM. In this project, co-funded by the German Ministry of Economics (BMWi), the Technical University of Braunschweig is conducting measurements in femto cells.
WinProp is the software platform for the development activities, because it is ideally suited for the analysis of femto cells due to its highly accurate propagation models for indoor, urban, and especially hybrid urban/indoor (CNP) scenarios. 

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The new release V10 of the WinProp software suite is again available in an educational edition for universities. This educational edition includes a significant discount and is therefore very attractive for all educational institutions.
Again several universities around the world selected the WinProp Educational-Edition or upgraded their former version. Among the new customers are in Italy/Europe the
University of Bologna and the University of Salerno and in China/Asia the University of Shanghai and the CETC in Guangzhou.


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The progress and the results of the PLATON project were presented at the Statusseminar of the German Ministry of Research in Berlin. The focus of the presentation of AWE Communications was the new software module for MESH and sensor networks including the connectivity simulator to analyze the reliability and connectivity in wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks.
The wide range of applications for these networks requires a very flexible modeling of the scenario and the network. 

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Vi-Re, the distributor of the software products of AWE Communications for the Chinese market, acquired two new customers in China:
Wuhan Fiberhome in Wuhan and the CETC institute in Guangzhou. Both selected the powerful propagation modules of the WinProp suite to analyze wireless networks  in various scenarios.

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The propagation engine of AWE Communications for the Forsk Atoll radio network planning tool has been extended towards pixel databases (topography and clutter). Now also rural and suburban scenarios can be predicted with the new propagation engine.

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Huawei, a leading Chinese manufacturer of equipment for wireless (cellular) networks, selected the WinProp propagation plug-in for dense urban scenarios for the Atoll software package. Huawei has already been a customer of AWE Communications and uses WinProp for the planning of indoor LTE networks.

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The new distributor of the software products of AWE Communications for the North and South American market will be Newfield Wireless, the leader in wireless network performance improvement. Since 1995, Newfield Wireless has supported numerous wireless operators with network optimization, RF model calibration, and path loss measurements. Today Newfield's client list includes major U.S. carriers and regional operators.
Newfield owns a path loss database for the entire United States that can be used to tune RF models from 700 MHz to 2.5 GHz. This will significantly improve the accuracy of the new WinProp releases.

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