iBwave, the in-building wireless software and training provider, announced the upcoming release of iBwave Mobile Planner at MWC 2014. iBwave Mobile Planner provides a mobile app designed to greatly simplifies the design of indoor small cell networks.
The application was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona last week. The release comes at a time when mobile operators around the world are announcing urban and enterprise small cell deployments, which early adopters are beginning to execute.
'The rise of small cells is dramatically changing the wireless planning landscape,' said Gordon Mansfield, chair of the Small Cell Forum. 'The industry needs tools and methods to ease and accelerate the upcoming volume of small cell deployments.'
The user-friendly functionality of the app simplifies the design work for indoor small cell networks. Technicians with basic IT or Wi-Fi experience can create their designs in a few key steps: choose floor plan and site parameters; select and place small cells; and visualize network coverage contours.
They can then save and upload their designs for retrieval by other teams. Since designs are created on-site, the amount of time and costs for small cell planning are significantly reduced.
'iBwave was founded on simplifying and automating the otherwise cumbersome task of indoor network design,' said Mario Bouchard, president & CEO at iBwave (pictured). 'With iBwave Mobile Planner, we have taken the same core value and taken it a step further by making it a simple field-based app for IT and field technicians.'
The company is simultaneously releasing a new training course for small cell planning. The iBwave Small Cells Training is a practical one-day course geared for field personnel to plan and deploy small cells.
iBwave Mobile Planner will be commercially available on the App Store and Google Play in spring 2014. The iBwave Small Cells Training course will also be available in spring 2014.