Keywords: geographic information system, GIS, geospatial, TEMS&trade, Automatic, wireless networks, service regions, network monitoring, demographics, mobile networks, network coverage, cellular networks, wireless infrastructure, critical infrastructures
Mapping the results of mobile network monitoring: a GIS solution
Most of us are familiar with the 'can you hear me now' commercial - a spectacled technician from a major wireless carrier moves about with a dedicated team testing the voice clarity of the network. Geographic information system (GIS) technology (Foote and Lynch, 2011), together with the use of existing data collection hardware, allows analysts to map results of mobile networks both accurately and efficiently. This paper will detail how geospatial analysis and methodologies were used to address questions related to ideal locations for a cellular network monitoring service, and where such service should be offered to achieve maximum results. Moreover, it explains what qualifies spatially as a quantitative measurable result. Finally, it illustrates how to harness the power of base map and demographic data together with TEMS™ Automatic network monitoring software to evaluate wireless infrastructure.