Callpoint Spatial, the Melbourne-based reseller for Public Sector Mapping Agencies Australia, is promising greater support for telcos – including wireless operators looking at 5G – from PSMA’s newly updated Geoscape geodata set. The set now covers 14.5 million buildings across the country.

Geoscape combines satellite imagery, big data processing and machine learning to create a representation of Australia’s build environment, with a 2D roof outline of included buildings complemented by key 3D features such as average eave height and maximum roof height. It also indicates tree coverage. According to Callpoint, Release 7 of the dataset now includes buildings data for 27 new regions including Geelong, Bendigo, Orange, Ballarat, Tamworth and Mildura; the set covers “all Australian capital cities and most major urban areas.”

“For wireless providers considering or already deploying 5G, Geoscape’s rich vector data significantly enhances RF modelling and coverage planning. Geoscape also has direct application within fixed wireless line-of-sight service prequalification,” said Callpoint.

“For telecoms carriers that provide broadband over their own fibre-optic cables, Geoscape delivers the next stage in Prequalification precision. By incorporating building vector representations into the overall process, false positives and false negatives can be considerably reduced.”

Callpoint has been using Geoscape to support applications for its wireless telco customers since PSMA launched the dataset in December 2016 – at that time, as the first PSMA reseller to licence the set for commercial use.

“With its 3D and other rich attribution, Geoscape further cements its place as the premier resource for wireless providers seeking to model their 5G rollouts,” Callpoint director Brian Beckor told CommsDay. “I firmly believe that Geoscape can help power Australia’s wireless network operators to success.”

Reprinted under license from CommsDay, edition 22 August 2018