US Oak Ridge lab software gets wireless between a rock and a hard place

Start-up Networcsim has licensed the technology which will let users more effectively design wireless nets for difficult implementations

A wireless start-up has licensed Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed software that lets companies more effectively design and implement wireless networks in difficult locations.

The company, Networcsim, was founded by ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti and James Nutaro who also helped develop the technology known as Radio Channel Simulator software.  RCSIM specifically uses three-dimensional models to simulate wireless networks. The simulator uses an algorithm that 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 like factory floors, mines and off-shore drilling sites, according to the lab. 

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

Unlike other products, this simulator enables vendors of industrial wireless networks to identify coverage problems before deploying a network," Nutaro said in a statement. "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."

Networcsim says it has completed its first commercial prototype and is negotiating for distribution rights to the software.  The project was funded by the ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

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