HERE Technologies, Shields and Infosys team up

21 May 2019

HERE Technologies, Shields and Infosys are collaborating on a powerful and cost-effective way to perform 5G network design and deployment.

The new solution, demonstrated at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, is designed to help enterprises including mobile network operators (MNOs) save both time and money when performing 5G radio frequency planning. The companies estimate that it would enable enterprises to reduce the time to identify real estate acquisition for 5G small cells as well as cut the cost of RF design by more than 40 per cent.

They reckon the solution is “a unique blend of technologies”. Put simply, it embeds machine learning software and a service delivery framework from Infosys; expertise in RF and C-RAN (cloud radio access network) design from Shields; and large, precise, scalable 3D datasets derived from terrestrial LiDAR and other remote sensed content from HERE.

The experience of HERE in extracting features and 3D derivative objects such as poles, trees, terrain models and buildings “lends a new level of precision to RF planning for 5G mmWave networks that far surpasses the accuracy of conventional GIS data”, it is claimed.

In theory, that means greater efficiency in the mmWave RF planning process. Furthermore, the partners claim more accurate network planning takes the guesswork out of transmitter selection and placement.

It also enables MNOs to cut costs by significantly reducing the number and length of physical site-surveys.

A further claim, that network design tasks take just a few days, MNOs can more quickly perform upgrades, install new equipment, add capacity or respond to environment changes