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Software development could extend scope of wireless applications

01 August 2012

A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments where coverage may be compromised.

ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti (left) and James Nutaro developed the Radio Channel Simulator software
ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti (left) and James Nutaro developed the Radio Channel Simulator software

'Networcsim', founded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti and James Nutaro, has signed an agreement to license the award-winning Radio Channel Simulator (RCSim) software.

"Advanced simulation technology — and the RCSim technology in particular — provides a watershed opportunity for industrial wireless networks to be used in a revolutionary new way," ORNL researcher Kuruganti said.

The technology, developed by Kuruganti and Nutaro, is the first that can use the three-dimensional models of an industrial facility to simulate wireless networks. The simulator uses an algorithm that quickly calculates the time delay and power of every radio signal delivered to a particular site, allowing it to predict radio signal strength with greater accuracy than competing products throughout geometrically complex environments.

"Unlike other products, this simulator enables vendors of industrial wireless networks to identify coverage problems before deploying a network," Nutaro said. "It can reduce the need for expensive wireless surveys, lower the quantity and cost of deployed hardware and improve the accuracy of cost estimates quoted by vendors — reducing the installation and operational costs associated with wireless networks."

In addition to simulating mobile receivers in urban networks, RCSim can be used for the simulation of tactical wireless networks used in urban police and combat operations, with potential benefit to emergency responders or military personnel.

Networcsim has already completed its first commercial prototype and is negotiating for distribution rights to the software that will enable the cost-effective design of wireless networks for use in industrial environments. 

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