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Areal Data supply for Mobile Network Planning

Demonstration of world-wide applicable methods to supply areal data for mobile network planning tools.

Project References
 Title Areal Data supply for Mobile Network Planning
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Land
 Cost €325k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (1998-2001)
 Sensors ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Project Description

Over the past 10 years, the mobile communication market has increased enormously. New networks are going to be planned and established. The planning of a network service requires among others a digital elevation model (DEM) and a digital land-use map ('clutter data') to be available world-wide.

However, accurate and updated spatial data is often not available. The main objective of the MOBILE project was the development of methods that can be applied world-wide in order to supply spatial data for mobile network planning.

This included:

  • the generation of an accurate land use classification using optical satellite data,
  • the generation of a digital surface model using spaceborne InSAR techniques,
  • the quality assessment of the generated input data with respect to the planning tools.

The mobile network planning software showed that signal predic-tions have a high correspondence to the measured signal strength using these data sets. As a result of this project, the network service provider Swisscom settled for this methodology to produce a new DEM and clutter data set for Switzerland.

Project Consortium
 Prime contractor EBP : Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd.
 Subcontractors UNIZH - RSL : University of Zurich - Department of Geography - Remote Sensing Laboratories
User Partnership
 Users ERICSSON : Ericsson Switzerland
SWISSCOM : Swisscom Switzerland
Contact Points
 Project Manager Ivo Leiss,
Head of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd.
Zollikerstrasse 65
CH - 8702 Zollikon
Tel: +41 (0)1-395.11.11
Fax: +41 (0)1-395.12.34
 Technical Officer Contact the DUP Programme Manager:
Dr Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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