Introduction

     G-NetLook Pro is a tool for visualization and analysis of mobile network. With G-NetLook Pro you can open and analyze G-NetTrack logfiles and visualize cells and neighbor relations.
The standard workflow is:
1. Load the cell data - Menu - Load Data
2. Load logfile - Menu - Load Logfile
3. Browse the network topology, logfile measurement, charts and height profile.

Here is a video demonstration of G-NetLook Pro

   Using application you can:
- view basestations locations and sector azimuths
- visualize neighbor relations and spot missing or unnecessary neighbor relations
- open and analyze G-NetTrack logfiles
- see charts for different measurements
- see measurement statistics
- see height profile between serving cell and measurement point
- automatically plan  neighbor cells and detect missing neighbor cells
- automatically calculate antenna tilts

Tabs

There are five tabs with different information - MAP, CELL, LOG, CHART and Height Profile. The information displayed on each tab is

2.1 MAP Tab

MAP tab shows the network basestations and logfile measurement points. The controls on this tab are:
- Tab selector - for changing tabs. Tabs can also be changed via horizontally sliding
- Thematic map drop down menu - when logfile is loaded, the thematic maps can be changed via this menu. You have to wait till the thematic map is redrawn.
- Cell Search - when cell data is loaded a specific cell can be find typing the cellname in search area
- Move Forward button - for moving in forward direction through logfile measurements
- Move Backwards button - for moving backwards through logfile measurements
- Play/Pause - for automatically moving forward through logfile measurements
- Legend - changes automatically based on the selected themeatic map
- Floorplan selector - available only when floorplans are loaded


2.2 CELL Tab

CELL tab shows following information:
- first row - information about number of cells and neighbor relations in cellfile and neifile
- selected cell information - shows information about currently selected cell. Cell can be selected in two ways - from map (when click on cellname or middle of cell line) or when search for cell through Cell Search control.
- neighbor cell information - shows neighbor relations, technology of neighbor cells and layer of neighbor cells

On CELL tab there are also buttons for starting features like:
- CELL COVERAGE - export of antenna beamwidth planes in kml format for visualization in Google Earth. See demo video - here
    The kml file contains three planes:
    - central (max power) - angle=tilt
    - upper (-3dB) - angle = tilt-verticalbeamwidth/2
    - lower (-3dB) - angle = tilt+verticalbeamwidth/2

- NEIGHBORS ANALYZER - this feature can be used in two ways:
    - for automatic neighbor cells planning - if neighbors cells are not defined
    - for missing neighbor cells detection - if there are already defined neighbor cells
See video demo - here

- TILT OPTIMIZER - for antenna tilt automatic calculation
See video demo - here

2.3 LOG tab

LOG tab shows information about currently selected measurement point.
Additionally the following values are calculated (when cell data is available and loaded before the logfile is loaded):
- serving distance - the distance between serving cell and measurement point
- serving bearing - the absolute value of the angle between serving cell azimuth and line between serving cell and measurement point - usually this angle is 0-90 degrees. Bigger values usually indicate swapped feeders on a site.
- serving antenna height - the height of the antenna on the serving cell

2.4 CHART tab

Here chart representation of different measurement entities are visible.

2.5 HP (Height Profile) tab

In this tab the height profile between serving cell and measurement point is visible.

2.6 Report tab

In this tab the measurement statistics presented as histogram charts are visible.

Settings

Map View

- Map type
- Show Traffic
- Show Buildings
- SHow Inddor

Cell Data

- Load only sites in view - adjust the map view before loading site data in order to filter the loaded cells. Use this when you have a big number of cells in your cellfile
- Show Cell Names
- Cell Size
- Cells Font Size
- Cell Thickness
- Neighbor Cell Line thickness

Log Data

- Point Size
- Serving Cell Line thickness
- Serving Cell Font Size
- Log Reduction Factor m- USe this to reduce the number of measurement points. If it is set to 10, every 10th measurement point will be loaded.

Cell Visibility

Check or uncheck different technologies and layers cells to show or hide them on the map.

Misc

Screen orientation
Settings are activated via Menu - Settings. There are several group of settings, which are related to different app features:

Actions

Load Site Data

Loads the data from cellfile and neifile containing cell information and neighbor cells list. The files are in folder G-NetLook/celldata

Load Logfile

Loads the selected logfile. There is a sample logfile in folder G-NetLook/celldata. Several logfiles can be added if they are opened one after another.

Close Logs

Closes the opened logfiles.

Load G-NetReport Site Data

Loads site data from G-NetReport online database. This is an experimental feature.

Load G-NetReport Log Data

Loads the measurements from G-NetReport online database. You can use G-NetReport to send automatically measurement data to database.

Load Floorplan

Load floorplan from image files located in \floorplan folder. Index file index.txt describing edge locations also should be present in the folder

How to load floorplans:
1. In folder G_NetLook/floorplan put the floorplan images and create text index file (index.txt) with rows for each image and following content (tab delimited)
imagename longitudeSW latitudeSW longitudeNE latitudeNE
where SW and NE are South - West corner and North - East corner.

example:
1-floor.png 23.378626 42.660569 23.381324 42.662407

2. Go to Menu - Load Floorplan. The floorplans will be shown on map and for each floorplan a kml file will be created to be used with Google Earth. Notice that you have to change the image location tag <href> if you copy kml file and intend to use it on your computer.


Here you can download floorplan sample.

Multi cell coverage

Multi Cell Coverage - Creates kml export for several cells whic are in current map view - the kml is organized in technology and cell layer. The kml file contains three planes:
- central (max power) - angle=tilt
- upper (-3dB) - angle = tilt-verticalbeamwidth/2
- lower (-3dB) - angle = tilt+verticalbeamwidth/2
See demo video - here

Export Cells KML

Export the visible cells in map view and neighbor relations as a kml file, which can be opened in Google Earth.
Here is a sample kml export and here is a video demo.

Tilt Optimizer

Adjust the tilts for all cells in visible area of the map. You can view recommended tilt for each cell in Cell tab when you select a cell.

Settings

Opens the settings page.

Help

Opens G-NetLook Pro manual.

G-NetLook Web

Opens G-NetLook Web app page.

Exit

Exits the app.

Cellfile

If you have cell information you can create a cellfile and view the sites on the map. In order to do this create cellfile and put it into folder G_NetLook/celldata. Two types of cellfiles can be used:
The cellfile format is tab delimited text file with following columns:
- tab delimited text cellfile
- clf file
Recommended format is tab delimited text cellfile since it suppports more features (azimuth, layers, height etc...)

Tab delimited text cellfile

The cellfile should be named cellfile.txt

CELLNAME - name of the cell - you can put anything here
LAT - latitude in decimal format
LONG - longitude in decimal format
LAC - LAC of the cell - number
CELLID - CELLID of the cell - number
AZIMUTH - azimuth of the antenna - number. If you put 360, the cell will be shown as circle. If you want to change the size of the circle put values > 360. Then the circle radius will be value-360.
TECH - technology - 2G, 3G or 4G
NODE - for GSM is empty, for 3G is RNC and for 4G is eNodeB ID - this column is mandatory only for 4G. For 3G you can skip it if "LAC-CELLID" is unique

Optionally you can add the following columns. If you add them you can use this cellfile also with other tools on the site like G-NetTrack and G-NetEarth:
- HEIGHT - antenna height in meters
- TILT - antenna tilt in degrees - positive values are for downtilt and negative for uptilt
- HORIZBEAM - horizontal beamwidth of the antenna
- VERTBEAM - vertical beamwidth of the antenna
- PSC - primary scrambling code - for 3G only
- LAYER - up to 4 (1,2,3,4 ) layers per technology (2G/3G/4G) - with layer information you can make your map view show different cell layers with different colors. Use 1 for lower layer and 4 for higher layer. For example for operator with GSM900/1800, 4 UMTS frequencies and 2 LTE frequencies it will be: GSM900 - 1, GSM1800 - 2, UMTS F1 - 1, UMTS F2 - 2, UMTS F3 - 3, UMTS F4 - 4, LTE F1 - 1, LTE F2 - 2
- INFO - Whatever is written there will be displayed in NEI tab when the cell is serving cell. Use semicolon ";" for new row.

Here is a sample cellfile.

CLF cellfile

CLF cellfile is a format used with some network monitoring tools. It is a semicolon (;) delimited text file. The cellfile should be named cellfile.clf or [MCC][MNC].clf like 28401.clf.
If you want to use clf format for cellfile make sure that there is no cellfile.txt in the cellfile folder, cause then it will be used as cellfile.
The current supported format is clf 3.3.0.
 MCCMNC  Network code MCC and MNC 5 or 6 digits decimal. Field is used for query.
 CID  Cell ID 5 decimal digits with leading zeros for GSM, CDMA and UMTS. For LTE the ECI (E-UTRAN Cell ID) is used in decimal. Field is used for query.
 LAC  Location Area Code decimal 5 digits with leading zeros. TAC for LTE, but is not used for query, but for 2G and 3G.
 RNC  Not really used. Use 0 or -1 if unkown
 LAT  Latitude coordinate in decimal WGS 84. Use point as decimal delimiter!
 LON  Longitude coordinate in decimal WGS 84. Use point as decimal delimiter!
 POS-RAT  Accuracy of the site coordinates. Use -1 for the exact position.
 DESC  Cell description. Put any text for describing the cell here, but avoid characters like ; or " or '
 SYS  Radio system:
 0: unknown
 1: GSM
 2: CDMA
 3: 3G / UMTS
 4: LTE
 LABEL  Short label with up to 8 characters to identify the cell in the map or log file
 AZI  Azimuth of the cell in degrees. Only integer values are used.
 -1: unknown
 0-359: azimuth in degrees
 360: omni directional
 HEIGHT  Antenna height above ground level of the cell in metres.
 -1: unknown
 0-999: use point as decimal delimiter
 BW  Beamwidth of the antenna.
 -1: unknown
 0-360: beamwidth in degrees. Only integer values are used.


Here is a sample clf cellfile
 

Contacts

email: info@gyokovsolutions.com
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