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Pre-planning tool (Beta)

The Pre-Planning tool (Beta) allows for a rapid and precise coverage estimation of a customer's forest location.

The (Beta Release) Pre-Planning tool is designed to allow resellers to quickly generate precise coverage estimations of a potential customer's forest location. This beta version is the first step towards an end-to-end quotation planning and deployment tool which is to be gradually released in the coming quarters.

Pre-Planning tool features

Pre-Planning tool features

Access the Pre-planning tool

The Pre-planning tool is accessible directly from the Site Dashboard of new and existing sites. Select Pre-Planning from the Ellipsis dropdown menu.

Access Pre-Planning tool

Access Pre-Planning tool

Saved Pre-planning projects are saved and opened using the Main Menu. While working on the Pre-Planning project, save your progress regularly to a local drive on your computer or to a network drive.

Main Menu - Pre-Planning tool

Main Menu - Pre-Planning tool

Save your work regularly

If you quit or refresh the page, your progress will not be saved. We recommended regularly saving your progress.

Naming project files

Saved projects are given the default name name_of_project.dryad file. You can use a more descriptive file name but it must use the .dryad extension.

Using Main menu

  • Open file - select Open if a Pre-Planning project file projectname.dryad has been saved, then select the projectname.dryad file and resume your pre-planning.

  • Save file - select Save to save your Pre-Planning project file to a local or network drive.

  • Help - select Help to open a Google Docs version of this help text.

Toolbar

The Toolbar provides access to tools for estimating the number of sensors in an area defined by polygon and line shapes, as well as gateways to ensure the area has connectivity. Comments can be added for relevant information.

Toolbar - Pre-Planning tool

Toolbar - Pre-Planning tool

Path Creation tool

Path

Access the Path Creation Tool by clicking on the path icon in the toolbar.

Path Creation tool

Path Creation tool

Draw a path

  1. Start path - start creating a new path by clicking on the map where you want the path to start.

  2. End path - end the path by double-clicking on the map where you want the path to end.

  3. Settings - use the Path Settings panel to name the path, set its type and distance between sensors. See below.

Remember to save the project when finished.

Edit a path

  • Delete a point - delete a point of the path by clicking on a white dot and press delete or backspace to remove it.

  • Move a path - click and drag a white dot from the path to move it.

  • Add an angle - click on a yellow dot to add an angle (indicated by white dot).

  • Remove a path dot - click on a white dot and press delete or backspace to remove it.

  • Delete path - click to erase the path.

Path settings panel

Access the Path Settings panel by clicking on an existing path.

Path Settings dialog

Path Settings dialog

  • Name - give the path a descriptive name.

  • Path length - length of path in Imperial or Metric, depending on app settings. See User Settings.

  • Path type - choose between different path presets which influence the placement of sensors on the path.

    • Hiking path
    • Road
    • Railway
    • Power line
  • Level of protection - adjust the level of protection of this item. A low level of protection is 100m between each sensor, a high level is 20m between each sensor.

  • Distance between sensors - the Level of protection slider sets the value in this field; however, you can enter a precise distance, as required.

  • About of sensors - the value in this field is based on the length of the path and density; however, you can enter a precise number of sensors, as required.

Polygon Creation tool

Polygon

Access the Polygon Creation tool by clicking on the polygon icon in the toolbar.

Polygon Creation tool

Polygon Creation tool

Draw a polygon

  1. Start a polygon - start creating a new area by clicking on the map where you want the area to start.

  2. End a polygon - end the area by double-clicking on the map where you want the area to end.

  3. Settings - use the Polygon Settings panel to name the polygon, define its accessibility, and distance between sensors. See below.

Remember to save the project when finished.

Edit a polygon

  • Replace white dot - click and drag a white dot from the perimeter of the area to replace it.

  • Add an angle - click on a yellow dot to add an angle (add a white dot).

  • Delete a white dot - click on a white dot and press delete or backspace to remove it

  • Delete polygon: click the Trash icon to erase the path.

Polygon Settings Panel

Access the Polygon Settings Panel by clicking on an existing area.

Polygon Settings dialog

Polygon Settings dialog

  • Accessible - define the polygon as an accessible area, or inaccessible. Making the area inaccessible will prevent any sensors or gateway to be placed at this location. Use it for example to highlight areas which are physically or legally not accessible for your deployment.

  • Level of protection - adjust the level of protection of this item. A low level of protection is 100m between each sensor, a high level is 20m between each sensor.

Connectivity (Gateway Placement) tool

Polygon

Access the Gateway Placement Tool by clicking on the Gateway icon in the toolbar.

Gateway Placement tool

Gateway Placement tool

Place Gateways

  1. Place first Gateway - place your first gateway by clicking on the map at the desired location.

    Estimated coverage of Gateway displayed - after placing your gateway on the map, the estimated mesh network coverage of this gateway will be displayed.

    If you already know where your Border Gateway should be placed, start by placing your first gateway at this location.

  2. Add additional Gateways - extend network coverage by placing new gateways in the blue zone (connectivity zone) to extend the Mesh Network coverage.

    Place a gateway inside existing network coverage delimited by the blue zone.

  3. Place new gateway with link to several gateways - when placing a new gateway on the map, you can visualize the line of sight represented by blue dashed lines - between the new gateway and the placed gateway.

    Note

    To build a resilient and performant mesh network, we advise that each gateway should be in line of sight with at least 2 other gateways, when possible.

Remember to save the project when finished.

Edit Gateway placement

  • Move Gateway - move a Gateway by clicking and holding a Gateway icon and then moving your cursor at the desired location.

  • Remove Gateway - remove a Gateway by clicking on a Gateway icon and press delete or backspace.

Add gateways outside connectivity zones

  • Place gateway out of the blue zone - by default, it is not permitted to place a gateway outside of the mesh network coverage zone. However, you can override this limitation by holding Shift and placing a new gateway at the desired location.

Completed Pre-Planning

Once you have created all the paths and areas you wish to protect, and have placed gateways to ensure sufficient mesh network coverage, the device counter on top of the map will display the estimated number of sensors and gateways required. This estimation can be used for quoting purposes.

Completed Pre-Placement

Completed Pre-Placement

Device Counter

The Device Counter keeps track in real time of all Gateways and Sensors estimated by our tool.

  • Gateway counter - shows estimated number of Gateways required based on Gateways added to map.

  • Sensor counter - shows estimated number of sensors required based on the paths and polygons added to map.

Site Coverage overview

The Site Coverage Overview provides an overview of the key information of your site, you could for now manually report for a quotation.

Note

This is provided for information purposes only and is added to assist in preparing a relevant quote. It does not affect device count.

  • Site Information - name of the site (not editable), Customer name and estimated dimensions of terrain protected.

  • Available Network - high level information regarding the available Network of this area. Options include Cellular, Satellite or Unknown.

  • Electric Supply - expected electric supply of the Border Gateway.

  • Device Estimation - estimated number of Border Gateways, Mesh Gateways and sensors. You can adjust the amount of required Border gateway.

Note

Account for a minimum of one Border Gateway per mesh network. If you create a site with several Border gateways, account for them manually.

Comments

Polygon

The Comments tool allows users to include additional information about the deployment or any other relevant topic. They can be added anywhere on the map.

Add comments

Add comments

  • Add comment - select Comment and then click anywhere on the map to add a Comment field, then enter text. Remember to save the project.

  • Deleted comment - erase the comment text to delete the comment item, then save the project.

Beta Disclaimer

The Pre-planning tool is still in development. Contact our team if you have any questions.