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Vendor Unveils Mesh Network Planning Tool

The goal is to eliminate the cumbersome aspects of site surveys, such as mounting access points on buildings and utility poles to see how the wireless signal propagates.
Wireless Valley Communications said Wednesday announced software that it claims will enable planners to develop the most efficient mesh networks possible.

The company said its MeshPlanner software is aimed at municipal wireless network deployments. The goal of the software, which will be available later in October, is to eliminate the cumbersome aspects of site surveys, such as mounting access points on buildings and utility poles to see how the wireless signal propagates.

Instead, the company said that MeshPlanner recommends access point placement to provide both optimal coverage and simplicity of installation. The software takes into account how buildings and other items will impact on the signal.

A company executive said in a statement that the software ultimately will be useful for far more than planning wireless mesh networks.

"While initially targeted at municipal mesh networks, MeshPlanner is the framework upon which we will expand our product offering to focus on technologies such as 3G and WiMAX," Wireless Valley chief product officer Roger Skidmore said in a statement. "The ability to simply, yet effectively, design networks with multiple network technologies co-existing within the same region and eventually to integrate with one another will be especially critical to service providers and municipalities as convergence of wireless technologies progresses over the next several years."

The company provided no pricing information for the product.