Pivotal Accelerates WaveScape Development with Intellias
By Kent R. Lundgren, VP Marketing
Pivotal Commware followers know that its Holographic Beam Forming (HBF) technology was a breakthrough in electro-magnetic physics with, yes, order-of-magnitude advantages over legacy beam forming systems in Cost, Size, Weight, and Power consumption (C-SWaP). HBF became the technology kernel of the world’s first product ecosystem dedicated to solving millimeter wave’s most vexing challenges for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
Inventing five products from scratch – Echo 5G subscriber repeater, Pivot 5G network repeater, Intelligent Beam Management System (IBMS), WaveScape™ network planning tool, and Pivotal Turnkey, an end-to-end deployment solution – can stretch company resources to the breaking point. This is why Pivotal outsources some WaveScape development to Intellias, a global engineering company founded in Ukraine and operating in 14 countries in the world.
Pivotal developed WaveScape in-house after determining that existing lower frequency RF planning tools were inadequate for modeling more deterministic and line-of-sight-based mmWave frequencies.
Pivotal looked to Intellias for its experience with high resolution data sets because WaveScape ingests the highest-resolution GIS data available to perform accurate line-of-sight calculations and raytracing to qualify individual residential units for fixed wireless access (FWA). WaveScape ingests other data as well, like candidate locations of gNodeBs as well as sites that can host Pivot 5G repeaters like utility poles, lamp posts, and private building corners that a carrier may have access to. All this accumulated data requires cloud-computing skills, which is another strength of Intellias.
As expected, Intellias has helped Pivotal double its development output since the relationship began in early February 2022. When Russia invaded Ukraine a week later, Pivotal expected a hit to business continuity, but it never occurred. Intellias has developed a relocation policy across the country and accelerated the globalization pace by opening new offices in Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, India, Colombia, and UK. These steps ensure Intellias’ continued contribution to the new WaveScape features like MDU Optimizer™ and 3D visualization.