MAP RF monitors the received signal level indication voltage produced by many RF receivers. Position data is provided by a GPS built within the MAP RF Controller. These two sources of data are fed to a PC via a USB connection, which also provides the power to the MAP RF Controller. Software running on the PC processes the information and displays it in several ways including a colour coded plot and text listing. The data can also be exported so that it can be processed and displayed by third party software, eg MapInfo.
A MAP RF system consists of three main parts; a) the receiver, b) the controller and c) a laptop running the MAP RF software.
a) The receiver can be any device supplied by the user which produces a voltage level to show some signal level. This typically will be a two way radio or a wide band receiver but can also be connected to may other devices, such as a mobile phone, a fuel gauge or even an electronic altimeter. Voltage levels, by default, are expected to be between 0 - 5 vdc, but the controller can be configured for almost any voltage range.
b) HASCOM's MAP RF Controller v3 is a microprocessor based unit which can take readings of voltage levels using analogue to digital converters (ADC's) from 4 sources simultaneously. It has a built in 65 channel, 20 Hz GPS to provide latitude and longitude position information. There is a USB port to transfer the data a PC or laptop computer. There is also an accessory port which provides additional RS232 serial support, which can, for instance, be used to control certain receivers. Raw measurements of signal level are taken several times a second and averaged to give a value for the second. The average signal level value and the position information are fed to the PC typically once per second.
c) The MAP RF software provides control of the system, receives and stores all the measurement information from the controller. The measurements are calibrated by use of a calibrated signal generator and an easily defined calibration table to produce accurate readings in any units (eg dbm, mW, etc). The readings are displayed in several formats including a text listing, a trend chart and a colour coded plot. Any reading can have a text tag attached to it to help define the reading. The information can be exported in to a text file in several formats (eg for import into a spread sheet). The colour coded plot can be printed to fill a page or scaled and printed on a transparency for overlay on a map.
The improved specifications of the new v3 hardware include:
At this stage the v3 software is not yet available. However, the MAP RF v3 hardware is supplied with firmware that is compatible with the v2 software. This allows the hardware to be used now, but rest assured when the v3 software is available your unit will be freely and easily upgradable. For more information on v2, see the MAP RF v2 page.
MAP RF software features:
Some of the new features we have planned for the v3 software include:
For availability and to talk to us about your requirements, please contact us.