'A' Solutions User Guide

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Actix 'A' Solutions User Guide August 2003 edition Copyright © 2003 Actix Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are hereby acknowledged. MapInfo and MapInfo MapX are registered trademarks of MapInfo Corporation. Microsoft, Excel and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Contents
Preface ......................................................................................................................17
USING THE ONLINE HELP ..............................................................................................................17 CONVENTIONS USED WITHIN THE TEXT ..........................................................................................17

Analyzing data with Actix Solutions ......................................................................18
USING ACTIX SOLUTIONS .............................................................................................................18 MANAGING DATA .........................................................................................................................18 VISUALIZING DATA .......................................................................................................................20 ANALYZING DATA.........................................................................................................................20 OPTIMIZING NETWORKS ...............................................................................................................21 Application Layers..............................................................................................................21 CDMA Toolkit.....................................................................................................................21 FREE (AD HOC) DATA ANALYSIS ....................................................................................................21 Free analysis of CDMA data ..............................................................................................21 The interface for A Solutions .......................................................................................22 Configure CDMA network information .........................................................................22
Import CDMA network information ....................................................................................22 Set a CDMA network information file.................................................................................24

Load CDMA data files..................................................................................................25 Find and use CDMA data in the Workspace Explorer..................................................25
CDMA Event Detection .....................................................................................................27

Delete CDMA data files ...............................................................................................31 View CDMA summary data..........................................................................................31 View CDMA data .........................................................................................................33

CDMA Event Technical Reference.......................................................................................... 28

Table view .........................................................................................................................31 The Message Browser ......................................................................................................32 View CDMA data in the Map window ................................................................................34 Replay the CDMA data......................................................................................................35 View CDMA data in StateForms........................................................................................35 Print the CDMA data .........................................................................................................37 View CDMA data in the Chart window...............................................................................38 View synchronized CDMA data.........................................................................................41

Generate CDMA reports..............................................................................................42 Configure Maps ...........................................................................................................44
Map backgrounds and layers ............................................................................................44 Show lines to cells on a map.............................................................................................47
MapInfo layers ......................................................................................................................... 46

Network Imaging..........................................................................................................48

Create a Network Image ...................................................................................................49 Batch-load CDMA data files ..............................................................................................50

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CDMA pre-configured reports......................................................................................52
CDMA Drive Test application layers..................................................................................53
CDMA Summary Reports ........................................................................................................ 53 CDMA Cluster Optimization..................................................................................................... 54 CDMA Distant Server Analysis................................................................................................ 54 CDMA Event Inspection .......................................................................................................... 54

CDMA StateTip............................................................................................................54 CDMA Toolkit ..............................................................................................................55 Integrate reverse and forward link data .......................................................................56 Aggregate CDMA data ................................................................................................57 Use Queries.................................................................................................................58
Create a filter.....................................................................................................................59

Free analysis of GSM data.................................................................................................61 The interface for A Solutions .......................................................................................61 Configure GSM network information............................................................................62
Import GSM network information.......................................................................................62 Set a GSM network information file...................................................................................64

Load GSM data files ....................................................................................................64 Find and use GSM data in the Workspace Explorer....................................................65 Delete GSM data files..................................................................................................66 View GSM summary data............................................................................................67

Table view .........................................................................................................................67 The Message Browser ......................................................................................................67 Viewing GSM data in the Map window ..............................................................................69 Replay the GSM data ........................................................................................................70 View GSM data in StateForms ..........................................................................................71 Print the GSM data............................................................................................................72 View GSM data in the Chart window .................................................................................73 View synchronized GSM data ...........................................................................................75

View GSM data............................................................................................................68

Generate GSM reports ................................................................................................76 Configure Maps ...........................................................................................................77
Map backgrounds and layers ............................................................................................77 Show lines to cells on a map.............................................................................................79

Network Imaging..........................................................................................................81
Create a Network Image ...................................................................................................81 Batch-load GSM data files.................................................................................................82

GSM Application Layers ..............................................................................................84

GSM DT Design Validation and Quick Analysis ................................................................86 GSM DT Handover Settings & Power Control Analysis ....................................................86

Integrate uplink and downlink data ..............................................................................87 Aggregate GSM data...................................................................................................88 Use Queries.................................................................................................................88

Create a filter.....................................................................................................................89

A and Abis analysis............................................................................................................90 Using Actix PCM Link Scenarios .................................................................................91 Using user-defined analyses .......................................................................................92 Developing user-defined analyses...............................................................................92 Choose A or Abis Scenarios........................................................................................92
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The Statistics Explorer.................................................................................................93

Abis Call Analysis..............................................................................................................94 Filter the Workspace Explorer ...........................................................................................95

Superstream PCM Link/Drive Test data ......................................................................95 GSM A and Abis pre-configured reports......................................................................96
GSM A application layers ..................................................................................................96
A General Analysis .................................................................................................................. 96 A Handover Analysis ............................................................................................................... 96 A Subscriber Analysis.............................................................................................................. 97 Abis Quick Analysis ................................................................................................................. 97 Abis Balance and Sensitivity ................................................................................................... 98 Abis Network Design ............................................................................................................... 98 Abis Traffic Handovers and Failures ....................................................................................... 98

GSM Abis application layers .............................................................................................97

Free analysis of GPRS data...............................................................................................99 Choose Gb Scenarios ...............................................................................................100 Examine Gb Load Time Queries ...............................................................................101 Load Time Queries in each Scenario ........................................................................102 Analyze GPRS Drive Test data .................................................................................104 Map DT files lacking GPS data..................................................................................105 Gb pre-configured reports..........................................................................................105
GPRS Gb application layers............................................................................................105
GPRS Gb Signaling Analysis ................................................................................................ 105 GPRS Gb Throughput Analysis............................................................................................. 106

Free analysis of IS-136 data ............................................................................................107 The interface for A Solutions .....................................................................................107 Configure IS-136 network information .......................................................................108

Import IS-136 network information ..................................................................................108 Set an IS-136 network information file.............................................................................110

Load IS-136 data files................................................................................................110 Find and use IS-136 data in the Workspace Explorer................................................110 Delete IS-136 data files .............................................................................................112 View IS-136 summary data........................................................................................113
Table view .......................................................................................................................113 The Message Browser ....................................................................................................114

View IS-136 data .......................................................................................................115

View IS-136 data in the Map window ..............................................................................115 Replay the IS-136 data....................................................................................................117 View IS-136 data in StateForms......................................................................................117 Print the IS-136 data .......................................................................................................118 View IS-136 data in the Chart window.............................................................................119 View synchronized IS-136 data.......................................................................................121

Generate IS-136 reports............................................................................................122 Configure Maps .........................................................................................................123

Map backgrounds and layers ..........................................................................................123 Display IS-136 network information.................................................................................125 Show lines to cells on a map...........................................................................................126 Create a Network Image .................................................................................................127

Network Imaging........................................................................................................127

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Batch-load data files........................................................................................................128

TDMA pre-configured reports ....................................................................................130
Use an application layer ..................................................................................................130 TDMA application layers .................................................................................................133
TDMA Summary Reports ...................................................................................................... 133

Integrate uplink and downlink data ............................................................................133 Aggregate IS-136 data ..............................................................................................134 Use Queries...............................................................................................................135 Free analysis of iDEN data ..............................................................................................137 The interface for A Solutions .....................................................................................137 Configure iDEN network information .........................................................................138

Create a filter...................................................................................................................136

Import iDEN network information.....................................................................................138 Set an iDEN network information file...............................................................................140

Load iDEN data files..................................................................................................140 Find and use iDEN data in the Workspace Explorer..................................................140 Delete iDEN data files ...............................................................................................142 Table view .................................................................................................................142 The Message Browser...............................................................................................143 View iDEN data .........................................................................................................144 View iDEN data in the Map window...........................................................................144 Replay the iDEN data ................................................................................................146 View iDEN data in StateForms ..................................................................................146 Print the iDEN data....................................................................................................147 View iDEN data in the Chart window .........................................................................148 View synchronized iDEN data ...................................................................................150 Generate iDEN reports ..............................................................................................151 Map backgrounds and layers.....................................................................................152 Display iDEN network information .............................................................................154 Network Imaging........................................................................................................155 iDEN pre-configured reports ......................................................................................158

Create a Network Image .................................................................................................155 Batch-load iDEN data files ..............................................................................................156 iDEN Drive Test application layers..................................................................................160
iDEN Summary Reports ........................................................................................................ 160 iDEN Event Inspection........................................................................................................... 160

Aggregate iDEN data.................................................................................................161 Use Queries...............................................................................................................161 Create a filter.............................................................................................................162 Key fields...................................................................................................................164 Required fields...........................................................................................................164 Other fields ................................................................................................................164

Workspaces............................................................................................................165
ABOUT WORKSPACES ................................................................................................................165 ABOUT THE WORKSPACE EXPLORER ..........................................................................................166

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ABOUT BINNING DATA ................................................................................................................169 USE WORKSPACES ....................................................................................................................170 OPEN A DATA FILE .....................................................................................................................171 IMPORT A TEXT FILE ...................................................................................................................171 RUN AN ANALYSIS ON THE DATA ..................................................................................................173 SHOW A MENU OF ATTRIBUTE OPTIONS ........................................................................................173 VIEW AN ATTRIBUTE IN A DATA WINDOW .......................................................................................174 USE THE REPLAY CONTROL .......................................................................................................174 VIEW A DATA STREAM IN THE MESSAGE BROWSER .......................................................................174 VIEW THE RESULTS OF A QUERY .................................................................................................175 EXPORT DATA TO A FILE .............................................................................................................176 MERGE DATA STREAMS ..............................................................................................................177 Superstream PCM Link and Drive Test data....................................................................178 USE LOAD TIME QUERIES ..........................................................................................................178 WORKSPACE TOOLBAR REFERENCE ............................................................................................179 PREFERENCES DIALOG ..............................................................................................................179

Viewing data ...........................................................................................................185
WORKBOOKS/REPORTS .............................................................................................................185 About workbooks..............................................................................................................185 Display data attributes in a workbook...............................................................................186 View Series data in a workbook.................................................................................186 View Histogram data in a workbook ..........................................................................187 View Statistic data in a workbook ..............................................................................187 Save a workbook/report ...................................................................................................188 Open an existing workbook/report....................................................................................188 CHARTS ...................................................................................................................................189 About charts.....................................................................................................................189 Display data in a chart window.........................................................................................190 View data synchronized with the chart .............................................................................191 Zoom the chart view.........................................................................................................191 Pan the chart view............................................................................................................192 View a different chart type................................................................................................192 Print the chart...................................................................................................................192 Edit the chart....................................................................................................................193 Export the chart to other applications...............................................................................194 Chart toolbar reference..............................................................................................195

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.............................198 View data synchronized with the map .....215 Export layers as TAB files ..............................................................200 Select map objects....................................................................................................................................................................................MAPS ..............................204 Change the attribute style setting..........................................................................202 Show and hide map data ...................................................................203 Change the number of ranges in the legend ...........................202 Remove annotations from the map ...............................................208 Choose the map projection ............................................................................................................................210 Display cell sites on the map..........................................................................................208 Offset the data on the map.......................................................................................................................................................211 Print a map..........................................199 Zoom in and out ....................................................205 Change the attribute font.........................................217 How do I display more information about my cells on the map?.................................................206 Control map layers......................................................................................................210 Display lines to cells................................................................................................200 Measure distances on the map ..........................................216 How do I display a map background?..217 8 Contents Actix A Solutions User Guide .....................................................................................................................................................................................................209 Display the cursor latitude and longitude ............................................................................................................................................................................................206 Add a map file ...........................................................................................................................203 Alter the map legend range..........................................................209 Change the map units .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................209 Display the map scale ..........................................................................196 About maps....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................201 Add annotations to the map ...................................................207 Add a raster map file .............................................................................................203 Customize each range in the legend...................................................................207 Control attribute labels ............................................................206 Combine data attributes on the map ..................................216 How do I load a bitmap into a map? ...................................................208 Edit a layer's display properties..........216 How do I display network graphics on the map? ...............................................................................................................................215 Export the legend as a bitmap .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................199 Move around the map .................................................................................................217 How do I display cell coverage for all cells on the map?......................................................................216 Troubleshooting maps.......................................................................................................................................................................................................196 Display attribute data on a map....................................................................................216 How do I display cell sites on the map?.....214 Export a map as a bitmap ..........................................................................................................................213 Copy a map to the Clipboard ..................217 How do I display lines to cells?...............

..........................................................230 Area Select toolbar reference ........................................................................................................................235 View Statistics data in a Table .......235 MESSAGE BROWSER .....................234 View Histogram data in a Table .......234 Display data attributes in a Table............................228 Map toolbar reference ..............................226 Display Properties dialog.....................................................................................................237 Find text in the Message Browser ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................How can I display the LAC distribution of my cell sites?.........................................................................................................................................................223 Properties dialog..............................231 SITEDATA VIEWER ...................229 Annotations toolbar reference...218 How can I correct the displayed lines to cells? ....................................................................240 Export messages to the clipboard ...............................................................................................................231 Filtering data ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................243 STATISTICS EXPLORER ......................224 Label Properties dialog...220 Print Setup dialog ...................................245 Actix A Solutions User Guide Contents 9 ............238 Set and remove bookmarks ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................238 Remove all bookmarks....................................222 Print Map dialog.....................................239 Filter messages in the Message Browser ...........238 Move between bookmarks ...............................236 Synchronize with the Workspace ................................................................................................218 How can I view multi-layer or multi-technology cells?......................................................................................................................................................................................................220 Page Setup dialog .239 Format messages in the Message Browser ........................................................................................................................................236 About the Message Browser ...............................................................245 About the Statistics Explorer ...........................................................................218 How can I view sector azimuths? .............................................234 View Series data in a Table ......................................................................................................................233 TABLES ................230 Map Layout Designer toolbar reference..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................219 Map dialog reference ...................................................................................................................................242 Using the Protocol Stack Browser...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................241 PROTOCOL STACK BROWSER..........................227 Raster Image Registration dialog ...........................................234 About Tables.....242 Searching in the Protocol Stack Browser ....................236 Display data in the Message Browser .............................................................................................240 Message Browser toolbar reference ......................................................................................................................

..266 Running the analysis........................................................................................................................................255 About Optimize Search Windows Analysis ..... FULL LOAD AND MINIMAL LOAD ....................................265 GSM MISSING NEIGHBOR ANALYSIS ..........................................248 Statistics Explorer toolbar reference .................................................................................................................................249 CDMA STATETIP .............................................................................275 Crosstab Query example ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................248 STATEFORMS ..........249 Use StateForms ............................................................................................................................Open the Statistics Explorer.....271 ABOUT LOAD TIME................................265 Configure Settings (Multiple Carriers) .261 Using Evaluate Coverage............................273 CREATE A CROSSTAB QUERY ............................................256 Configure Settings (Search Windows)...................................................................................................................................................277 CREATE A BINNED QUERY ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................264 Optimize Multiple Carriers.............................................................................................................252 Change the handset source ...................................................................................258 About Optimize Neighbor Lists Analysis ...........................................258 Optimize Neighbor Lists .....................................................................247 Manipulate data in the Statistics Explorer ............................................................................................................269 About query types ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................258 Configure Settings (Neighbor Lists).......................................................................................................252 Change the view ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................269 ABOUT THE ANALYSIS MANAGER ...........................................................................................................251 Start CDMA StateTip....263 Configure Settings (Coverage).....................................255 How the Search Window Analysis works...........................................................260 Evaluate Coverage...................................274 Tips for writing Crosstab Queries .............................................................253 Change the scanner source .........................247 Filter the Workspace data .....................................................................................................................................................................246 Check for existing queries....................254 About CDMA Toolkit...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................251 About CDMA StateTip..........................................................................................................................261 About Evaluate Coverage Analysis ...254 Optimize Search Windows ............248 Generate a substream .................................267 Querying data......................................................................................................279 10 Contents Actix A Solutions User Guide ......253 CDMA TOOLKIT.....................

......................................................301 SET AS LOAD TIME QUERY ..................309 CREATE A NEW NETWORK IMAGE FILE...................................304 Crosstab Query Wizard.................305 Histogram Wizard............303 CHANGE THE NAME OF A QUERY .......................................................................................303 ANALYSIS MANAGER REFERENCE ......................283 CREATE A HISTOGRAM QUERY ...............304 Analysis Manager dialog ........................................................................292 Event Query example..............................308 Event Query Wizard .............................................................................................293 BUILD AND EDIT EXPRESSIONS.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................303 How do I display only newly activated sites? .....................................................................................................................................................................280 CREATE A FILTER QUERY ............................................................................................................................................................303 TROUBLESHOOTING QUERIES .....307 Query Window Definition...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................302 SELECT A SCENARIO ................................................................................................300 EXPORT A QUERY ...........306 Statistic Wizard ..........................................290 CREATE AN EVENT QUERY..............................................................................................................309 ABOUT NETWORK IMAGING ..........................................................................................................................................................................................298 DELETE AN EXISTING QUERY ....................................................297 EDIT AN EXISTING QUERY .............................................301 SET THE LOAD MODE .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................285 Histogram Query example ............................Binned Query example....................................................................................................................................................282 Filter Query example.................................................................................................................308 Archiving data using Network Images.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................310 Actix A Solutions User Guide Contents 11 ................................................................................................................................................................304 Existing Analysis tab......................299 IMPORT A QUERY ............................................................................................................................................286 CREATE A STATISTIC QUERY ............................................................................304 Filter Wizard...........................................................................................307 Filter dialog .....................................................................................................................................................................304 New Analysis tab .......................................................................302 SELECT ONE OR MORE LOAD TIME QUERIES ..........................................................................................................304 Binned Query Wizard ..........288 Statistic Query example ...................................

.............................320 Template Import Settings dialog ...........................................................................................333 Four_sec_bad_qual.................................................................................................................339 12 Contents Actix A Solutions User Guide ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................313 Use the Network Explorer ..............................................................................311 BATCH LOAD DATA FILES ......................................318 Create a new element ...................................................329 CREATE CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES ............................................321 New Element Values dialog .....328 Custom Attributes...................................................................................................................................................................322 CDMA template...............................................................................................................................320 Template Column Settings dialog...............................................................................................322 DEFAULT IMPORT TEMPLATES .............................................................................................311 LOAD STREAMS FROM THE WORKSPACE EXPLORER TO A NETWORK IMAGE .................................................................................................................................................................................................329 INSTALL CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES ........................................................................caf .........325 IDEN template.....................................330 The CDATA tag......................................................312 Network Explorer ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................339 Create a new StateForm .........................................ATTACH AN EXISTING NETWORK IMAGE FILE .............................................327 WCDMA template ...........................................333 Aglnt_CW_RSSI.................................................................329 USE CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES .......319 Network Explorer toolbar reference.....................................................318 Leave the Network Explorer......319 Custom Import Wizard ................................................326 IS-54 / IS-136 template ....332 Example Custom Attributes................................................................caf.....................................315 NOTES FOR GSM USERS ................................334 iDEN_Handover................................................................................................................................................................................................................................313 ABOUT NETWORK EXPLORER ..........................................................................................................................................................................................324 GSM template ..............319 NETWORK EXPLORER REFERENCE...........................................................314 Import network elements from a file .......................................330 The Custom Attribute tag ............................................................................................................336 Appendix B – Creating StateForms.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................335 Appendix A – File formats supported ..................caf ...........................................................................................329 ABOUT CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES ..............................................................................................................................................................

..............................................................................365 greater_than_or_equal...................................362 array_max ................................................................361 add..........................................................................................................................................342 Creating Scan Charts...........364 event_time .....................................................366 Actix A Solutions User Guide Contents 13 ............................................................................................................................362 array_min_index...............................................................................365 geoprojecty .....................................................................................................................364 event_message.................................................................................................364 event_before ................................................................................Using the Sheet Manager ......................................361 abstime ...................................................................................................................................................365 geoprojectx .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................341 Creating Time Charts ......................................................................................................................................................................................................364 geoinvprojectlat..............362 array_nth_min ....................364 eval ...................................................................................................................................361 FUNCTIONS ...................365 less_than...........................................................................................363 delta .......................................................................................................................................................................................................355 Actix expression syntax & examples .........363 default ...................................361 and.........................................364 geoinvprojectlon.............................365 if ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................362 array_nth_max ...................................................................................................................................................362 array_stdev ....361 abs .......................362 array_mean................................................363 divide..................................................................................................................................................361 array_find_index..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................365 is_not_equal.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................363 bin_index................................................................................................................................................................................................362 array_min ..................................................................................................................................................................................365 greater_than.....................................................364 equals .............................362 bin ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................361 array_count ..................................................365 get.............362 array_max_index.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................359 Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference.......

...........................................367 prev_time_where............................................................................................................................................366 log .................................................................................................................................................372 THE DATE TYPE ..................................368 round........................................................369 row .......................366 not..................................................................................................366 log10 ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................378 IAxdFSD_AttributeValue .....................................................................................................................................374 FSD OBJECT ......367 prev_state ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................368 rounddown ......................................379 ENUMERATIONS .................370 subarray_nth_min_index...................................................................377 IAxdFSD_AttributeValueList.........................375 IAxdFSD_Message ...............................................................................................................................................................................378 IAxdFSD_Attribute ....................................375 IAxdFSD_DataStream.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................369 subarray_nth_max ....................................................................................................................................................................367 power ...................................................................................................................................................................................................367 NULL...........................................................................371 BINNING SETTINGS ............................370 sum ...............................366 mround.........................366 message ...........380 Stream Types..........................................................367 prev_message_where...................................................380 14 Contents Actix A Solutions User Guide .368 roundup..............................................................................................................................................370 subarray_nth_min ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................373 Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes.....................................................................................................370 STATISTIC DIALOG .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................369 state ................................................................374 OVERVIEW OF FSD AUTOMATION MODEL..................................................369 subarray_nth_max_index..........................................................................367 or.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................368 product .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................369 set .................................366 mod........................................................less_than_or_equal....................

............................382 Actix A Solutions User Guide Contents 15 .........................................................................................................................................380 Statistic Types..................................................................................................Message Text Formatting Flags....................................................380 SuperStream Methods .................................................................................381 Index...........................

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‘click Cancel’ means ‘click the Cancel button’. Menu | Command – for example. This is empty at first. Back to the start To return here. the Map window. the current help page is added to the list. click Hide . then press another key (‘V’). select Open'. Words in italics mean that the item in italics is a unique part of the interface—for example. but if you click Add.V means that you press and release one key (‘Alt’). Conventions used within the text Words in bold mean that you can select the item—for example. click the Show button to open the left hand contents panel. If you are not sure where your current page and the is in the help file structure. click Home viewed.Preface Using the online help Showing the contents panel From the Help window. Ctrl+A means that you hold two keys down at the same time—‘Ctrl’ and ‘A’ in this example. click the Favorites tab to show a list of stored help pages. To return to the last page Print Click Print to print the selected page or all pages in the selected heading. . Favorite help pages From the Help window. To close the contents panel. click Back . File | Open is short for ‘from the File menu. . Alt. click Locate appropriate topic title is highlighted in the left hand panel.

The 'A' Solutions address a wide range of applications. Once the data is loaded. technicians or operations management staff. a variety of analysis tools and displays provide a clear view of network performance for engineers. including: • • • • • • Network performance optimization Feature testing Service validation Problem diagnosis and analysis Network bench-marking Competitive analysis Various reports are provided within each Solution for these applications. The data could be a one-off test. which provides a link to all network data. or part of a planned series of samples to build up an image of overall network performance. including field-test equipment and switch call traces. where you can use the various tools within the Solution to investigate any message or attribute of interest within your logged data. 18 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Managing data Network configuration data You can easily import cell site data and key configuration parameters from planning tools using the Network Explorer. however.Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Using Actix Solutions Actix 'A' Solutions post-process cellular network data. and can load network performance data from many different sources. your A Solution can also be used in free or ad hoc analysis mode.

so A Solutions allow such files to be loaded with a relevant subset of data. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 19 . Note that. and loading large files results in decreased performance. Minimal Load for PCM Link files PCM Link data files can be sizeable. Batch processing and data storage The Network Image data import facility allows you process multiple data files at the same time. The results of single or multiple analysis sessions can be saved for network trend analysis. if your data collection device is not supported. you can import the data as an ASCII text file using the text file import wizard. in general. loading small files results in increased performance.Import data You can load log files from all supported data collection formats (see Appendix A – File formats supported on page 336). The A Solution must be switched into Minimal Load mode for this to work. However.

charts Save workspace Export as text file 4 Record results Solution Analyzing data Problem 1 Manage the data Open data files Import text files Merge data files Batch-load data Analysis reports CDMA StateTip CDMA Toolkit Histograms. Workbooks Replay. Tables Filters. Tables. Queries Workbooks. Synchronized data views StateForms. maps. maps. Message Browser Synchronized data views Statistics Explorer Print workbooks. charts Save workspace Export as text file 2 Find problem areas using top-level pre-defined reports Isolate problem areas using ad hoc methods to drill down into the data Record results 3 4 Solution 20 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Charts. Statistics Explorer Message Browser Print workbooks.Visualizing data Problem 1 Manage the data Open data files Import text files Batch-load data Filters Workspace Explorer Favorites 2 Filter the data 3 View the data Maps.

you should attend a full training / workshop session. The major technologies are described here—other technologies use similar techniques but different data attributes. ready for immediate use by staff of all levels of experience.Optimizing networks APPLICATION LAYERS Each solution provides a set of pre-configured reports. Practicing these will allow you to be productive as soon as possible. A familiar taskbased layout allows you to quickly perform these tasks: • • • • Search Window analysis Neighbor List analysis Optimize coverage areas Analyze multi-carrier statistics The Toolkit outputs a series of web-based reports. each concentrating on a particular type of network analysis. as these Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 21 . Each section introduces tasks and concepts in a logical order that is not necessarily the same as that described under the diagram on the previous page. comprehensive spreadsheet reports. you may want to click Hide at the top left of this window. For an in-depth understanding of Actix A Solutions. These tasks have been chosen to demonstrate most of the basic features. FREE ANALYSIS OF CDMA DATA This section describes tasks that you might take to analyze CDMA log files. CDMA TOOLKIT The CDMA Toolkit utility provides a task bar designed to automate key CDMA optimization tasks. These ‘application layers’ distil advanced analysis techniques into simple. which can be saved and printed for managerial use. To reduce the amount of screen area taken up by this help window. Free (ad hoc) data analysis The sections below describe using A Solutions for free (ad hoc) analysis with different telecoms technologies.

You may find it useful to create one or more workspaces to act as templates for future work sessions. it is also useful to display your network information on a map window. so you can double-click them to start up with your preferred layouts. The interface for A Solutions After the startup is complete. Save these to your desktop. although it can be given any 22 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . the application window looks like this: The arrangement of loaded help files and data display windows is called the current workspace. You can save and reuse workspaces as necessary.can be tailored exclusively to your needs as individual staff members and for the company as a whole. Configure CDMA network information Import CDMA network information As well as geographical data. You must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called ‘cellrefs’.

used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. Governs the shape of the sector ‘wedge’ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site. or a combination of site numbers CDMA_Cell Azimuth CDMA_Cell Beamwidth Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. you must have this as the first line: . Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Workspace Name CDMA_Site SiteName CDMA_Site SiteID CDMA_Site SiteLatitude CDMA_Site SiteLongitude CDMA_Cell Sector ID Can 1. If your file has more than one header or uses a different array list separator. Numeric identifier for the Site. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 23 . 3 Select the appropriate network data file. select Network Explorer to open the Network Explorer window. set these options accordingly. Base station power. To maximize the benefit for CDMA network analysis. view and edit the cellrefs file. If you manually create a cellrefs file. 7 Under General Settings.#NetworkData . this line is added automatically.2.3. enter ‘1’ for Ignore header rows and ‘. click Import and select Import From New Template to open the Import dialog. Orients the sector icons on the map. Locates Site icons on map. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps. You can use the Network Explorer to import. 2 From the toolbar. etc. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. the following parameters should be included in data imported into the tool. 6 Under Delimiters. 5 Give the Template a meaningful Description. lines to neighbor cells and to color sector/site icons on maps to reflect PN planning.name) before you can import it. check Tab. Locates Site icons on map.’ for Array (list) Separator.datafile If you import the file using Network Explorer. 4 Click Open to display the Custom Import Wizard. Mobile Country Code System Identity Network Identity Broadcast Identity Azimuth Beamwidth Base Station Power PN Offset CDMA_Cell EIRP CDMA_Cell PN MCC SID NID BID CDMA_Cell MCC CDMA_Cell SID CDMA_Cell NID CDMA_Cell BID To import the network information 1 From the Tools menu. 8 Click on the Column Settings tab.

11 Select the appropriate column bindings for CDMA Site and Site Name. including the columnby-column parameter assignment. Note that each of the field names has an associated icon: Key fields (see page 164) Required fields (see page 164) Other fields (see page 164) 9 Under the Columns heading. The Wizard then displays the selected parameter against the appropriate column. These parameters are described in the table at the top of this section. Azimuth. look for the attribute headers under CDMA Cell. click on a setting for a particular field. 13 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. The new cell information will be added at the bottom of the existing list in the Network Explorer. EIRP. MCC. and BID. Use the Cell ID column for the CDMA Cell Sector ID. 10 Select a column binding from the drop-down list. you should use the template you have created on the new file. PN. 12 For the remaining columns. When the cellrefs file is updated. SID. Beamwidth. Set a CDMA network information file 1 From the Tools menu. Repeat this for the SiteID. and Longitude.The Column Settings tab allows you to associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file. 24 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . NID. so you do not have to repeat work you have already done. Latitude. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog.

click the Open Logfile button: This displays the Open dialog. You will now see this message: Load CDMA data files 1 From the toolbar. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog. This also illustrates the many file formats available. Find and use CDMA data in the Workspace Explorer The Workspace Explorer window is a graphical display of all loaded data or log files and the data structure contained within each file. with devices and other data streams displayed at lower levels. Loaded files are at the highest level.2 3 Click on File Location to select the cellrefs file. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 25 . Files of Type defaults to ‘All Formats’ but you can select a specific file type to look for. 2 Select an appropriate file.

26 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Once you have located the appropriate data attribute. starting from zero). See how your data relates to the structure shown above. See here for more information on CDMA event detection (see page 27). the only objects that you actually need to recognize are filenames. a map. The logical tree-view layout of the Workspace Explorer allows you to drill down and identify all logged data. select Attribute Help to open the attribute help window. You may also want additional information about a particular data attribute. chart.1 Click on the symbols to open out and explore the data in your logfile. which contains the ‘SearcherMaxEnergy’ data attribute: 2 3 However. table or spreadsheet—to examine the data in detail. You can examine data streams using the Message Browser tool. Select 'ActiveDelay_Max1'. data streams and data attributes. In the example below. From the Help menu. you can open it in a data window— for example. The ‘CDMA’ group contains the ‘Pilot Sets’ set. the file ‘MyFile1’ contains a data stream called ‘Qualcomm MDM 1900’ (the number is the data stream number within the file.

and Dedicated states. Using this messaging. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 27 . Idle State – This is the state that the phone is in. IS95-B and IS.4 Click the button to dock the attribute help window and drag it to a useful position. 5 Select a new attribute. the engine tracks the handset’s state as it moves between Idle. CDMA Event Detection The CDMA event detection engine identifies key network events in CDMA IS-95. After a call is terminated through normal or abnormal means. Origination. but before the forward and reverse traffic channels are active. Note that the help now provides information on that attribute. it returns to the Idle State. before a call is originated or received. Origination State – This is the state that the phone is in after an Origination or Page Response is sent on the access channel.2000 networks by monitoring the air interface messaging.

after transmission has started on both the forward and reverse traffic channels. the phone is immediately transitioned to the appropriate state.Dedicated State (Conversation) – This is the state that the phone is in. CDMA Event Technical Reference Call Completed This attribute indicates successful outgoing call initiations triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • Origination or Enhanced Origination message Followed by a Service Connect or a Service Connect Completion message Call Dropped This attribute indicates abnormal call terminations triggered by the following sequence of events: • • • Outgoing Call Setup OK or Incoming Call Setup OK (defined below) Not followed by a Forward Release Order Followed by a return to the Sync Channel Call Setup Time Call Setup time provides the difference in time between the Service Connect Completion message and the associated Origination. The start state is the default state for all phones until an air interface message is received. Based on this message. or Page Response message. Enhanced Origination. This is to account for log files where the phone is already in origination or conversation. CDMA Call Id Call ID provides an integer identifier for each call in a log file. CDMA Call Type CDMA Call Type provides a description for each call in a log file: 0 1 2 3 4 Outgoing Call Successfully Terminated Incoming Call Successfully Terminated Outgoing Call Failed Initiation Incoming Call Failed Initiation Outgoing Call Dropped 28 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

or Extended Handoff Completion messages and the associated Extended Handoff Direction. This attribute is triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • Analog Handoff Direction message Followed by an Extended Handoff Completion Handoff Interval Handoff Interval provides the difference in time between the sequential Handoff events.5 Incoming Call Dropped CDMA to AMPS Handoff Fail This attribute indicates failed handoff attempts for mobiles handing off from a CDMA system to an AMPS system. or General Handoff Direction messages. or General Handoff Direction messages Followed by a Handoff Completion or Extended Handoff Completion messages • Handoff Time Handoff Time provides the difference in time between the Handoff Completion. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 29 . Universal Handoff Direction. Universal Handoff Direction. This attribute is triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • • Analog Handoff Direction message Not followed by an Extended Handoff Completion message Followed by another Analog Handoff Direction message CDMA to AMPS Handoff OK This attribute indicates successful handoff attempts for mobiles handing off from a CDMA system to an AMPS system. This attribute is triggered by the following sequence of messages: • Extended Handoff Direction. Handoff OK This attribute indicates handoff events for mobiles handing off within the same carrier of a CDMA system.

Universal Handoff Direction. or General Handoff Direction messages with a Hard_Included Flag set to True Followed by a Handoff Completion or Extended Handoff Completion message in response to the previously identified Direction message • Hard Handoff Retry This attribute indicates a retransmission of a hard handoff command for mobiles handing off between carriers or CDMA systems. This attribute is triggered by the following sequence of messages: • Extended Handoff Direction.Hard Handoff OK This attribute indicates successful hard handoff attempts for mobiles handing off between carriers or CDMA systems. Universal Handoff Direction. or General Handoff Direction messages with a Hard_Included Flag set to True Followed by another Extended Handoff Direction. This attribute is triggered by the following sequence of messages: • Extended Handoff Direction. Universal Handoff Direction. or General Handoff Direction messages with a Hard_Included Flag set to True without receiving a Handoff Completion or Extended Handoff Completion message • Incoming Call Fail This attribute indicates failed incoming call attempts triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • • Page Response message Not followed by a Service Connect Completion Followed by another Page Response message or a transition back to Idle mode Incoming Call OK This attribute indicates successful incoming call initiations triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • Page Response message Followed by a either a Service Connect or Service Connect Completion message 30 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

right-click on the data attribute ‘DownLink Measurements > EcIo_1stBest’ and select Display on Table. The data file is now removed from the Workspace Explorer display. • From the Workspace Explorer. Delete CDMA data files To remove a data file from the Workspace Explorer 1 Right-click on the name of the logfile to display the Close Logfile option. the HDM_SEQ and LAST_HDM_SEQ counters are used to ensure that the correct events are identified.Outgoing Call Fail This attribute indicates failed outgoing call initiations triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • • Origination or Enhanced Origination message Not followed by a Service Connect Completion message Followed by an Origination message or a transition back to idle mode Outgoing Call OK This attribute indicates successful outgoing call initiations triggered by the following sequence of messages: • • Origination or Enhanced Origination message Followed by a Service Connect or a Service Connect Completion message When determining hand-off events. 2 Click Close Logfile. histogram and statistical data for the selected attribute. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 31 . View CDMA summary data Table view Tables let you examine the numeric series.

32 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .This opens the Table window: • Experiment with the other tabs in the window. right-click on a data stream and select Display Message Browser. The Message Browser The Message Browser differs from the previous data windows in that it only appears as a pop-up menu option at the data stream level in the Workspace Explorer. • From the Workspace Explorer.

A pop-up menu opens. you can right-click any data attribute to display a suitable pop-up menu of options. View CDMA data From the Workspace Explorer. • Right-click on a data attribute. allowing you to pinpoint the root causes of problems. similar to this: Selecting one of the display methods opens the appropriate data window. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 33 .The Message Browser combines an event panel (sequentially listing call events) with a panel of Layer 3 messaging.

Experiment with the Zoom buttons. Click and drag the data around the map window. which should look similar to this: 34 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .View CDMA data in the Map window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘EcIo_1stBest’ in a map window. open up the ‘Event Data’ set and drag the ‘CallDropped’ event onto the map. In the Workspace Explorer. 2 3 4 5 Click on the Pan button.

Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 35 . See the online help for further details. The map legend defines histogram ranges for charts. You can also change the size. 6 Drag another data attribute onto the map. The StateForms window now displays a variety of attributes based on the data point you selected. click Select and select a data point. To open the Replay control. right-click on the form and select Open File. select Tools. 7 Click on one of the check boxes in the Map Legend pane to hide the related attribute data on the map. 2 If a blank or inappropriate form appears. you can also view data attributes for the same data point by using the StateForms tool. you may want to recreate the drive test by 'playing' through the data file from beginning to end. Replay the CDMA data With a drive test file. You can do this using the Replay feature. apply offsets to an attribute or merge attributes for a multidimensional display. 3 In the map window. To find out how to add background geographical and network information to map windows. 1 From the Tools menu.Adding various events to the mapped data can help you see where problems are occurring. symbol or color of the data. then Display Replay. View CDMA data in StateForms While examining data on a map. then select the appropriate form (. from the main menu. Click on it again to redisplay the data. select Display StateForms.axw) file. see the section Configure Maps on page 44).

Note that selecting Stream Selector again closes the stream selector field.4 If you have scanner data in your logfile.axw) file for a scanner. 36 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 5 Right-click on the form and select Open File. Below is an example scanner form. then the scanner stream. then select a form (. start another StateForm window. Advanced users can use the Design Mode of this feature to create new forms for CDMA and other technologies. 6 Right-click on the form and select Stream Selector.

You can now see the Map Layout Designer window. move or resize them as necessary. Click OK to continue.Print the CDMA data 1 From the map window. orientation and margins. 3 4 5 Click on the map. and specify the header and footer for the page. click Print to open the Map Layout Designer. To check on what the map will look like when printed. legend. When satisfied with the layout. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 37 . click Print to open the standard Windows Print dialog. headers or footers to edit. 2 Set the paper size. which starts with the Page Setup dialog open. click Print Preview.

click the upper left corner of the zooming rectangle. On the chart. 2 You can display more than one attribute on the same chart. and drag down to the lower right extent of the rectangle. 38 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 3 You can also zoom into selected areas of the chart by defining a frame for the zoom.View CDMA data in the Chart window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘EcIo_1stBest’ in a chart window. Select and drag the data attribute ‘ForwardFER’ from the Workspace Explorer window onto the existing chart.

Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 39 . Use the right mouse button to drag the axes around the chart window. but this time up and to the right. not in the Y-axis.4 Release the mouse button to complete the zoom action: 5 6 Note that the zoom only operates in the X-axis. Now return the chart its original state by dragging a box.

7 Although you can drag the Y-axis for all attributes on the chart. You would usually activate this menu by a single right-click. 40 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Select Chart Properties to display this dialog: 8 Experiment with changing various display parameters and observe the effect on the chart. you can only change the X-axis for the last attribute to be displayed on the chart. Also. you will see that a pop-up menu appears when you release the right mouse button.

Now click on a data point on the map. chart or table. chart or table windows also highlight the data point. both displaying the ‘EcIo_1stBest’ data attribute.View synchronized CDMA data The data in each of these windows is synchronized. click on Select. if you select a data point in one window. 2 Note the other toolbar buttons for selecting data points. so that when displaying the same data attribute in a map. You should see that the relevant parts of the map and the chart look as shown below. with a line appearing at the equivalent ‘EcIo_1stBest’ point on the chart: Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 41 . all related map. You should have a map and a chart window open. 1 From the map window.

4 Click OK to process and display the data in the workbook. but the Workbook function (using Microsoft Excel™) allows you to collate these views and perform other data analysis functions to produce an integrated. 2 Click Open.Generate CDMA reports You may want to create high-level management reports based on your collected data. select Open Workbook and select an appropriate Excel template. polished report. You can print from map and chart windows. 3 Select the data source that you want to view in the workbook report. 1 From the Workbook menu. 42 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

use other Excel tools on the data.You can proceed to adapt the workbook. and so on. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 43 .

Select one or more MapInfo Map (.tab) files (see MapInfo layers (see page 46)). there was no background map image to put the data into context.Configure Maps Map backgrounds and layers In the earlier example that looked at displaying data in a map window. click Add. 1 2 Display a data attribute in a map window. Making a checkmark in a layer’s box controls: if the layer is visible if objects on it can be selected if the layer can be annotated (clearing this box ‘locks’ the Annotations layer from having any further annotations added) In the Layers box. Click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. This section shows you how to add a background and arrange the layers within a map window. 3 4 5 44 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Click Open to display the selected file(s) in the Layer Control dialog.

Go to Layer and selecting the new map layer. so you will need to arrange the map view to display the new map. Check Display within Zoom range and enter '0' for Min Zoom and '10' for Max Zoom. the map location defaults to 0° longitude. Pan the map viewing area by right-clicking in the map area. click Zoom In. 0° latitude. To zoom in to an area. then click and drag a rectangle around the area of interest. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 45 .6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 The top of the layer list represents the uppermost layer in this map window. Use the Zoom and Pan controls to arrange the map as required. Click Up and Down to move 'example' to the bottom and 'Annotations' to the top. Right-click on the map window and select Map Layers to display the Layer Control dialog. For some detailed layers—like the Street layers— you can control at what degree of magnification they become visible. This helps to minimize map clutter. In a new installation. Select the S1 (street names) layer. Click Close to return to the map view. then choosing Zoom. Click Display to open the Display Properties dialog.

For example. the MapInfo layer named GAFULTS. but set the visible range to 0-3. and by the type of data contained in the file. Native American Lands. Georgia.14 Now do the same for the street numbers layer. the abbreviated US state name and/or county name). State level tables (school districts and elevation contours). Here are some of the common abbreviations used for MapInfo data types: Suffix Y1 Y2 X1 X2 Pc Pn Pm R H S Wr Wb Lm Cb Mc Cy Layer Type RtHwy010_Top RtHwy010_Bot IntShld010 IntShld1040 Cultural Points Natural Points Municipal Points Railroads Highways Streets Water (rivers) Water (bodies of water) Landmarks City Boundary Minor Civic Division County Other MapInfo layers: Voting District. MapInfo layers MapInfo layers are named according to the geographic location of the data (for example.TAB contains street-level data for Fulton County. Sub-MCD. 46 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

5 Click Close to finish using the Layer Control dialog. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 47 . and click OK. click on Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 4 As shown above.Show lines to cells on a map 1 From the map window. Click Lines to open the Line layer properties dialog. which should look similar to this: 2 3 Select the ‘Lines to neighbor cells’ layer. set the Lines draw mode to ‘Selection’ and Color lines with to ‘PN_1stBestEcIo’.

The Network Imaging feature lets you batch-process a number of files into a predefined data set that can be archived and collated to see how key network parameters have changed over time. If 'All datapoints' was selected in the Line layer properties dialog. with dotted lines drawn to neighboring cells. and use Select to pick a data point. 48 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . and will simply create delays in analyzing network behavior. This can be useful in some situations. Network Imaging Files containing network data can be huge. A solid line is drawn to the serving cell site.6 Zoom In on data points near a cell site. you would not need to select a data point—all data points would have a line to their neighbor cells. Most of this data will also go unexamined.

You are now ready to batch-load a set of related data files. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 49 . The Select Network Image to Create dialog now opens: Enter a File name and location for the network image file and click Save.Create a Network Image 1 From the Network Image menu. The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. select Create Network Image to open the Create Network Image dialog: 2 3 Select the ‘CDMA Network Image’ template and click OK.

3 Right-click on the Network Image file and select the Batch Load Files option. select Attach Network Image to open the Select Network Image File dialog.Batch-load CDMA data files 1 From the Network Image menu. 50 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. 2 Select the appropriate file and click Open.

Open up the structure underneath the network image. When the file processing is complete.This opens the Select Files to Load dialog. a message similar to this is shown: 5 6 Click OK to close the message. 7 Now view the batched network image data attributes in the same way as you would for Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 51 . 4 Select one or more data files and click Open.

select an application layer (in this example. each concentrating on a particular type of network analysis. 2 From the Analysis menu. Once you select an application layer. the Analysis menu option will be grayed-out. comprehensive spreadsheet reports. 'CDMA Distant Server Analysis'). ready for immediate use by staff of all levels of experience. Note that if you do not have a loaded data file. To use an application layer 1 Ensure that you have a data file loaded and that a valid CellRefs file has been set. charts and so on. using maps. this window opens: The top pane shows a tree-view of the network structure against various statistics produced by the application layer. The application layers are listed under the Analysis menu– which ones actually appear depend on the type of data file loaded. CDMA pre-configured reports With each solution are a set of pre-configured reports. 52 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . These 'application layers' distil advanced analysis techniques into simple. A description of the reports contained within each application layer is provided after the next section.standard data attributes.

Handset Distant Server Analysis Prompts you for a maximum distance in miles from the serving cell and an EcIo value to calculate the number of pilots exceeding the threshold. Handoff State A breakdown of cdmaOne Handoff State. CDMA Drive Test application layers CDMA Summary Reports These reports are for cdmaOne technology. Mtx and Mrx Mobile Transmit and Mobile Receive Power performance statistics. Print the report to your printer or open the report in Excel using Show Excel Report.3 Use the top pane as necessary to narrow down the data in your selection. 5 As required. If you want to use another report. look under the All tab to view all reports available within the current application layer. This will report on all data selected in the upper tree-view panel. 4 Double-click on a report icon to open the report window. use the buttons at the bottom of the window to Save the report as a web-compatible HTML file set. you need to re-run these Custom Attributes directly from the Custom Attribute Manager: • • Distance_Input EcIo_Threshold_Input You can now re-run the application layer. The report returns key Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 53 . To change the thresholds for a new analysis. All reports appropriate to your selection are displayed under the Suggested tab. Reset thresholds for a new analysis A number of the application layer reports use Custom Attributes. FER and EcIo Forward FER and Combined_EcIo statistics. Call Statistics Summary A summary of major call events and cdmaOne performance statistics.

for cases exceeding the maximum serving cell distance. EcIo_Combined statistics. CDMA Cluster Optimization Summary Report Designed for Forward and Reverse Link data for cdmaOne systems. 54 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . allowing for a detailed evaluation of neighbor list and pilot pollution problems. this reports key performance metrics for a 5-second window before the drop. CDMA Distant Server Analysis CDMA Scanners Distant Server Delays Prompts you for a maximum distance in miles from the serving cell and an EcIo value to calculate the number of pilots exceeding the threshold. CDMA Scanners Distant Server EcIo Prompts you for a maximum distance in miles from the serving cell and an EcIo value to calculate the number of pilots exceeding the threshold. The report returns key delay metrics obtained from a PN scanner. Cluster Optimization Measurement Charts Forward and Reverse FER PDF & CDFs.performance metrics by CDMA carrier frequency. this reports key performance metrics for a 5-second window before the drop. By displaying the state of many different engineering parameters at a given trouble spot. The report returns key EcIo metrics obtained from a PN scanner. for cases exceeding the maximum serving cell distance. you can best judge how to make changes to correct the problem. Setup Failure Window Stats For every dropped call. CDMA StateTip The CDMA StateTip utility provides a synchronized view of Handset and PN Scanner data. for cases exceeding the maximum serving cell distance. CDMA Event Inspection Call Dropped Window Stats For every dropped call.

and appears within the interface as a task bar to the right of the Workspace Explorer. you may like to use the CDMA Toolkit utility.The StateTip provides a simple but powerful window (shown on the right of the window in the above example) that is fully configurable and synchronizes with all other active windows. The Toolkit uses a task-based layout to let you perform these analyses: • • • • Search Window analysis Neighbor List analysis Optimize coverage areas Analyze multi-carrier statistics Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 55 . CDMA Toolkit automates key CDMA optimization tasks. CDMA Toolkit Once you are familiar with the basic techniques of ad-hoc data analysis.

Every analysis contains several web-based reports. each of which can be saved and printed out for management use. Change the superstream name from the default to something more meaningful. This dialog shows all currently available data streams. In Actix Solutions. You can also use the All or None buttons to change the box settings of every listed data stream. Check the box of each data stream that you want to combine to form a superstream. this technique of integrating data files is known as ‘superstreaming’. select Superstream to open the Superstreaming dialog. 3 4 56 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Integrate reverse and forward link data The reverse link data from the switch or a protocol analyzer can be integrated with the drive-test data. This lets you see how parameters such as EcIo behave at specific mobile locations. 1 2 Ensure that you have loaded the two files that you want to synchronize into a superstream. From the View menu.

9 Highlight the downlink data stream. You can view data from the superstream in any of the standard data display windows. Aggregate CDMA data Actix' adaptable data structure lets you select different aggregation modes for the data. 6 To superstream data from the reverse link and the forward link. The superstream is now generated and appears in the Workspace Explorer.Click the Settings button. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 57 . 11 Click OK. select ‘PN_Primary’. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog. 10 From the attribute picker. This lets you select attributes from each stream that correspond to one another. 2 Under the heading Binning. This expands the dialog to show the Merge Method options. 8 From the attribute picker button on the right. 7 Highlight the uplink data stream. select ‘Cell_PN_Primary’. These aggregation modes are supported: • • • • Location/grid Time Message Distance 5 To change the aggregation mode—also known as the ‘binning’ mode: 1 From the Tools menu. click the Correlated Parameters option. depending upon how you want to view the data. select the appropriate Binning Mode.

The querying interface assists you in constructing simple or complex expressions.3 Use Queries Click Apply. You can create these query types: • • • • • • • • • Filter queries Binned queries Histogram queries Statistical queries Crosstab queries Event queries Perform logical and arithmetic operators Save queries to a default Workspace Apply filters to queries You can also: 58 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . As an example. This is useful when looking for data trends. based on user-defined thresholds or the value of other expressions. These expressions extract meaningful performance data. Analysis Manager option. you can create a query that returns statistics for a particular event—such as a dropped call—for a given window in time around that event. Queries are created and edited from the Tools menu.

Create a filter This example query is designed to filter poor quality in CDMA data. Enter ‘Poor Quality’ as the name of the filter. right-click on a data stream and select Filter. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 59 . Click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘CDMA > DownLink Measurements > ForwardFER’. 1 From the Workspace Explorer. Set the threshold to ‘5’. then Create a New Filter. 2 3 The Filter Wizard opens. 4 5 Set the filter operation to ‘Greater than (>)’.

just by clicking on them. Any other data display windows update to show the areas with poor quality. 60 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . you will see this dialog: 7 Click Yes. You can turn off this and any other filters from the Workspace Explorer. If you already have a filter applied to the stream.6 Click OK to close the Wizard.

The interface for A Solutions After the startup is complete. the application window looks like this: The arrangement of loaded help files and data display windows is called the current workspace. as these can be tailored exclusively to your needs as individual staff members and for the company as a whole. For an in-depth understanding. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 61 . Practicing these will allow you to be productive with your Actix Solution as soon as possible. These tasks have been chosen to demonstrate most of the basic ad-hoc analysis features.FREE ANALYSIS OF GSM DATA This section describes tasks that you might take to analyze GSM log files. you should attend a full training / workshop session. You can save and reuse workspaces as necessary.

Sector-specific ID information useful for display on maps. 5 Give the Template a meaningful Description. check Tab. You can use the Network Explorer to import. Numeric identifier for the Site. it is also useful to display your network information on a map window. Locates Site icons on map. Orients the sector icons on the map. 6 Under Delimiters. Latitude Longitude Sector Number GSM_Site Latitude GSM_Site Longitude GSM_Cell Sector ID Can be 1. 4 Click Open to display the Custom Import Wizard. etc. although it can be given any name) before you can import it. Used as the linking column to associate the GSM_Site and GSM_Cell rows. Mobile Network Code Mobile Color Code Location Area Code Cell ID value Base Station Identity Code. Locates Site icons on map. Governs the radius of the sector 'wedge' icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the sector. or a combination of site numbers GSM_Cell Azimuth GSM_Cell Beamwidth Azimuth Beamwidth Base Station Power BCCH MNC MCC LAC CI BSIC GSM_Cell EIRP GSM_Cell BCCH GSM_Cell MNC GSM_Cell MCC GSM_Cell LAC GSM_Cell CI GSM_Cell BSIC To import GSM network information 1 From the Tools menu. 2 From the toolbar. click Import and select Import From New Template to open the Import dialog. view and edit the cellrefs file. comprising of a concatenation of the NCC and BCC values. 62 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .Configure GSM network information Import GSM network information As well as geographical data. To maximize the benefit brought to GSM network analysis.3. You must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called 'cellrefs'. Base station power Broadcast control channel. 3 Select the appropriate network data file.2. the following parameters should be included in data imported into the tool. Parameter Site Name Site Number Workspace Name GSM_Site_SiteName GSM_Site ID Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. select Network Explorer to open the Network Explorer window.

' for Array (list) Separator.Under General Settings. Repeat this for the SiteID. CI. you should use the template you have created on the new file so that you do not have to repeat work you have already done. 10 Select a column binding from the drop down list. A description of each of these parameters and their use appears in the table at the top of this section. Beamwidth. 7 Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 63 . and BSIC columns. The Wizard then displays the selected parameter against the appropriate column. enter '1' for Ignore header rows and '. LAC. MNC. Note that each of the field names has an associated icon: Key fields (see page 164) Required fields (see page 164) Other fields (see page 164) 9 Under the Columns heading. Use the Cell ID column for the GSM Sector ID. and Longitude. click on a setting for a particular field. look for the attribute headers under GSM Cell group. When the cellrefs file is updated. Latitude. BCCH. The Column Settings tab allows you to associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file. 12 For the remaining columns. MCC. and repeat for the Azimuth. set these options accordingly. including the column-by-column parameter assignment. EIRP. 13 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. If your file has more than one header or uses a different array list separator. The new cell information will be added at the bottom of the existing list in the Network Explorer. 8 Click on the Column Settings tab. 11 Select the appropriate column binding for Site Name from inside the GSM Site group.

You will now see this message: You may now want to close and restart for the change to take effect. click the Open Logfile button: This displays the Open dialog. Load GSM data files 1 From the toolbar. This also illustrates the many file formats available.Set a GSM network information file 1 From the Tools menu. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog. 2 Select an appropriate file. 64 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog: 2 3 Click on File Location to select the cellrefs file. Files of Type defaults to ‘All Formats’ but you can select a specific file type to look for.

See how your data relates to the structure shown above. Once you have located the appropriate data attribute. you can open it in a data window— for example. In the example below.Find and use GSM data in the Workspace Explorer The Workspace Explorer window is a graphical display of all loaded data or log files and the data structure contained within each file. chart. a map. data streams and data attributes. starting from zero). You may also want additional information about a particular data attribute. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 65 . The ‘GSM’ group contains the ‘UpLink Measurements’ set. table or spreadsheet—to examine the data in detail. The logical tree-view layout of the Workspace Explorer allows you to drill down and identify all logged data. the only objects that you actually need to recognize are filenames. the file ‘edgec1’ contains a data stream called ‘Tems’ (the number is the data stream number within the file. Select 'ServRxLevFull'. You can examine data streams using the Message Browser tool. Loaded files are at the highest level. 1 Click on the symbols to open out and explore the data in your logfile. which contains the ‘ULDTXUsed’ data attribute: 2 However. with devices and other data streams displayed at lower levels.

66 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . To remove a data file from the Workspace Explorer 1 Right-click on the name of the logfile to display the Close Logfile option. 5 Delete GSM data files Select a new attribute.3 From the Help menu. select Attribute Help to open the attribute help window. The data file is now removed from the Workspace Explorer display. Note that the help now provides information on that attribute. 2 Click Close Logfile. 4 Click the button to dock the attribute help window and drag it to a useful position.

View GSM summary data Table view Tables let you examine the numeric series. • From the Workspace Explorer. histogram and statistical data for the selected attribute. The Message Browser The Message Browser differs from the previous data windows in that it only appears as a pop-up menu option at the data stream level in the Workspace Explorer. • From the Workspace Explorer. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 67 . right-click on the data stream and select Display Message Browser. This opens the Table window: • Experiment with the other tabs in the window. right-click on the data attribute ‘DownLink Measurements > ServRxLevIdle’ and select Display on Table.

you can right-click any data attribute to display a suitable pop-up menu of options. View GSM data From the Workspace Explorer.The Message Browser combines an event panel (sequentially listing call events) with a panel of Layer 3 messaging. • Right-click on a data attribute. A pop-up menu opens. similar to this: Selecting one of the display methods opens the appropriate data window. allowing you to pinpoint the root causes of problems. 68 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

In the Workspace Explorer. 2 3 4 5 Click on the Pan button. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 69 . open up the ‘Event Data’ set and drag the ‘EventCallCompleted’ event onto the map.Viewing GSM data in the Map window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘ServRxLevFull’ in a map window. Click and drag the data around the map window. which should look similar to this: Adding various events to the mapped data can help you see where problems are occurring. Experiment with the Zoom buttons.

To find out how to add background geographical and network information to map windows. 7 Click on one of the check boxes in the Map Legend pane to hide the related attribute data on the map. Click on it again to redisplay the data. You can also change the size.Drag another data attribute onto the map. select Tools. You can do this using the Replay feature. See the online help for details. apply offsets to an attribute or merge attributes for a multidimensional display. from the main menu. see the section Configure Maps on page 77. Replay the GSM data With a drive test file. 6 70 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . then Display Replay. To open the Replay control. you may want to recreate the drive test by 'playing' through the data file from beginning to end. The map legend defines histogram ranges for charts. symbol or color of the data.

The StateForms window now displays a variety of attributes based on the data point you selected. see Create a new StateForm. 1 2 From the Tools menu. In the map window. which should look similar to this: This is the default GSM StateForm. select Display StateForms. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 71 . click Select and select a data point. Advanced users can use the Design Mode of this feature to create new forms for GSM and other technologies. For details.View GSM data in StateForms While examining data on a map. you can also view data attributes for the same data point by using the StateForms tool.

You can now see the Map Layout Designer window. and specify the header and footer for the page. 72 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Click OK to continue. click Print to open the standard Windows Print dialog. 2 Set the paper size.Print the GSM data 1 From the map window. legend. orientation and margins. headers or footers to edit. click Print to open the Map Layout Designer. move or resize them as necessary. click Print Preview. When satisfied with the layout. which starts with the Page Setup dialog open. To check on what the map will look like when printed. 3 4 5 Click on the map.

and drag down to the lower right extent of the rectangle. Select and drag the data attribute ‘ServRxQualFull’ from the Workspace Explorer window onto the existing chart.View GSM data in the Chart window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘ServRxLevFull’ in a chart window. 2 You can display more than one attribute on the same chart. On the chart. 3 You can also zoom into selected areas of the chart by defining a frame for the zoom. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 73 . click the upper left corner of the zooming rectangle.

Although you can drag the Y-axis for all attributes on the chart. you can only change the X-axis for the last attribute to be displayed on the chart. Use the right mouse button to drag the axes around the chart window. not in the Y-axis. Now return the chart its original state by dragging a box.4 Release the mouse button to complete the zoom action: 5 6 Note that the zoom only operates in the X-axis. but this time up and to the right. 74 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

if you select a data point in one window. Select Chart Properties to display this dialog: 8 Experiment with changing various display parameters and observe the effect on the chart. 2 Note the other toolbar buttons for selecting data points. Now click on a data point on the map. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 75 . all related map.7 Also. View synchronized GSM data The data in each of these windows is synchronized. both displaying the ServRxLevFull data attribute. 1 From the map window. chart or table windows also highlight the data point. You should have a map and a chart window open. click on Select. you will see that a pop-up menu appears when you release the right mouse button. You would usually activate this menu by a single right-click. so that when displaying the same data attribute in a map. chart or table.

You can print from map and chart windows. 1 From the Workbook menu. Click Open. polished report. but the Workbook function allows you to collate these views and perform other data analysis functions to produce an integrated. select Open Workbook and select an appropriate Microsoft Excel template. with a line appearing at the equivalent ‘ServRxLevFull’ point on the chart: Generate GSM reports You may want to create high-level management reports based on your collected data. 2 3 4 Click OK to process and display the data in the workbook. Select the data source that you want to view in the workbook report.You should see that the relevant parts of the map and the chart look as shown below. 76 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

and so on. Making a checkmark in a layer’s box controls: if the layer is visible if objects on it can be selected if the layer can be annotated (clearing this box ‘locks’ the Annotations layer from having any further annotations added) In the Layers box. click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. there was no background map image to put the data into context. 1 2 Display a data attribute in a map window. use other Excel tools on the data. From the map window. Configure Maps Map backgrounds and layers In the earlier example that looked at displaying data in a map window. click Add.You can proceed to adapt the workbook. This section shows you how to add a background and arrange the layers within a map window. 3 Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 77 .

Click Close to return to the map view. Click Up and Down to move 'example' to the bottom and 'Annotations' to the top. 78 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 6 7 The top of the layer list represents the uppermost layer in this map window. the map location defaults to 0° longitude. so you will need to arrange the map view to display the new map. In a new installation. Click Open to display the new map layer(s) in the Layer Control dialog.4 5 Select one or more MapInfo Map (. 0° latitude.tab) file (see MapInfo layers (see page 46)).

click Zoom In.8 9 10 11 12 13 Pan the map viewing area by right-clicking in the map area. then click and drag a rectangle around the area of interest. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 79 . To zoom in to an area. Go to Layer and selecting the new map layer. then choosing Zoom. Click Display to open the Display Properties dialog. click on Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. Right-click on the map window and select Map Layers to display the Layer Control dialog. Check Display within Zoom range and enter '0' for Min Zoom and '10' for Max Zoom. Use the Zoom and Pan controls to arrange the map as required. you can control at what degree of magnification they become visible. Show lines to cells on a map 1 From the map window. street names. This helps to minimize map clutter. which should look similar to this: 2 3 Select the ‘Lines to neighbor cells’ layer. For some detailed layers. Select a detailed layer—for example. Click Lines to open the Line layer properties dialog.

5 Click Close to finish using the Layer Control dialog. 4 80 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . and click OK.As shown above. and use Select to pick a data point. with dotted lines drawn to neighboring cells. set the Lines draw mode to ‘Selection’ and Color lines with to ‘ServBCCH’. 6 Zoom In on data points near a cell site. A solid line is drawn to the serving cell site.

select Create Network Image to open the Create Network Image dialog: 2 3 Select the ‘GSM Network Image’ template and click OK. Create a Network Image 1 From the Network Image menu. and will simply create delays in analyzing network behavior. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 81 . Enter a File name and location for the network image file and click Save. You are now ready to batch-load a set of related data files. The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. The Select Network Image to Create dialog now opens. The Network Imaging feature lets you batch-process a number of files into a predefined data set that can be archived and collated. Most of this data will also go unexamined.Network Imaging Files containing network data can be huge. to see how key network parameters have changed over time.

82 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . select Attach Network Image to open the Select Network Image File dialog. 2 Select the appropriate file and click Open. 3 Right-click on the Network Image file and select the Batch Load Files option. The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. This opens the Select Files to Load dialog.Batch-load GSM data files 1 From the Network Image menu.

using maps. 7 Now view the batched network image data attributes in the same way as you would for standard data attributes. Open up the structure underneath the network image. a message is displayed similar to this: 5 6 Click OK to close the message.4 Select one or more data files and click Open. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 83 . When the file processing is complete. charts and so on.

comprehensive spreadsheet reports. Once you select an application layer. 'DT Design Validation and Quick Analysis'). These 'application layers' distil advanced analysis techniques into simple. this window opens: 84 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . The application layers are listed under the Analysis menu– which ones actually appear depend on the type of data file loaded. Note that if you do not have a loaded data file. The following application layers are available: GSM DT Design Validation and Quick Analysis (see page 86) GSM DT Handover Settings & Power Control Analysis (see page 86) To use an application layer 1 Ensure that you have a data file loaded and that a valid CellRefs file has been set. ready for immediate use by staff of all levels of experience. the Analysis menu option will be grayed-out. select an application layer (in this example. each concentrating on a particular type of network analysis. 2 From the Analysis menu.GSM Application Layers Each Actix Solution provides a set of pre-configured reports.

All reports appropriate to your selection are displayed under the Suggested tab. look under the All tab to view all reports available within the current application layer. Use the top pane as necessary to narrow down the data in your selection. If you want to use another report. Double-click on a report icon to open the report window: Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 85 .3 4 The top pane shows a tree-view of the network structure against various statistics produced by the application layer.

and a chart of poor design by class of poor design.5 This will report on all data selected in the upper tree-view panel.Double Band Shows percentage band usage. Neighbor Level . with a summary showing call and handover success rates.Single Band Shows percentage of samples where at least one neighbor is stronger than the serving cell. Handover Classification Shows percentage breakdown between good/poor design. As required. GSM DT Handover Settings & Power Control Analysis This analysis contains the following reports: Handover Quality Graph of quality measurements for the whole file. GSM DT Design Validation and Quick Analysis This analysis contains the following reports: Call Details Counts of CC. Neighbor Level . RxQualSub and TA. Print the report to your printer or open the report in Excel using Show Excel Report. in table and graph form. and poor design by class. and for the five seconds before and the five seconds after each handover. 86 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . intra/inter band handover and neighbors within 5dB from the server for PDF and CDF. in table and graph form. measured in the five-second windows before and after each handover. Design Validation Breakdown of good/bad design. RR & MM messages. Handover Interval Graph shows the time interval between handovers. and neighbors within 5 dBm from the server for PDF and CDF. Handover Level Graph of change in downlink received level due to handover. Measurement Charts Graphs showing distribution of RxLevSub. use the buttons at the bottom of the window to Save the report as a web-compatible HTML file set.

4 Check the box of each data stream that you want to combine to form a superstream. Ensure that you have loaded the two files that you want to synchronize into a superstream. This lets you select attributes from each stream that correspond to one another. In Actix Solutions. click the Correlated Parameters option. This lets you see how parameters such as ULRxQual behave at specific mobile locations. Power Step Interval Histogram of the time interval (in seconds) between power step changes. You can also use the All or None buttons to change the box settings of every listed data stream. This expands the dialog to show the Merge Method options. select ‘ServRxLevFull’. 5 Click the Settings button. 11 Click OK. 7 Highlight the uplink data stream. 8 From the attribute picker button on the right. select Superstream to open the Superstreaming dialog. this technique of integrating data files is known as ‘superstreaming’. The superstream is now generated and appears in the Workspace Explorer. This dialog shows all currently available data streams. Integrate uplink and downlink data The reverse link data from the switch or a protocol can be integrated with the drive-test data. 1 Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 87 . Power Step Distribution Histogram of power step changes in dB. 2 From the View menu. select ‘ServRxLevFull’. 3 Change the superstream name from the default to something more meaningful.Power Distribution Histogram of power in dBm by number of occurrences. 10 From the attribute picker. 6 To superstream data from the reverse link and the forward link. 9 Highlight the downlink data stream. also showing the mean dBm. You can view data from the superstream in any of the standard data display windows.

Aggregate GSM data Actix A Solutions have an adaptable data structure. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog. 2 Under the heading Binning. The querying interface lets you construct simple or complex expressions. As an example. you can create a query that returns statistics for a particular event—such as a dropped call—for a given 88 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . so you can select different aggregation modes for the data. select the appropriate Binning Mode. These expressions extract meaningful performance data. based on user-defined thresholds or the value of other expressions. depending upon how you want to view the data. 3 Use Queries Click Apply. These aggregation modes are supported: • • • • Location/grid Time Message Distance To change the aggregation mode—also known as the ‘binning’ mode: 1 From the Tools menu.

Enter ‘Poor Quality’ as the name of the filter.window in time around that event. You can create these query types: • • • • • • • • • Filter queries Binned queries Histogram queries Statistical queries Crosstab queries Event queries Perform logical and arithmetic operators Save queries to a default Workspace Apply filters to queries You can also: Create a filter This query is designed to filter poor quality in GSM data. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 89 . Queries are created and edited from the Tools menu. This is useful when looking for data trends. Set the threshold to ‘4’. 1 From the Workspace Explorer. Click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘GSM > DownLink Measurements > ServRxQual’. Analysis Manager option. Set the filter operation to ‘Greater than or equal to (>=)’. right-click on a data stream and select Filter. 2 3 4 5 The Filter Wizard opens. then Create a New Filter.

If you already have a filter applied to the stream. just by clicking on them. A AND ABIS ANALYSIS You can perform PCM Link data analysis: • • • Using Actix Scenarios (see page 91) Using user-defined analyses (see page 92) To develop user-defined analyses (see page 92) 90 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .6 Click OK to close the Wizard. you will see this dialog: 7 Click Yes. Any other data display windows update to show the areas with poor quality. You can turn off this and any other filters from the Workspace Explorer.

6 Narrow the data selection. and set Load Mode to 'Minimal Load'. This avoids loading unnecessary data from the logfile and reduces the load time. 3 Select Tools | Preferences. These tools. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 91 .Using Actix PCM Link Scenarios This is the standard method for PCM Link analysis. charts. 4 Load the logfile to be examined. 2 Choose one or more pre-generated Scenarios. tables. Do not load a logfile yet. such as maps. the Message Browser (and so on) are described in GSM analysis (see page 61). 8 Use ad-hoc tools to identify problem areas in the logfile. and follows this general pattern: 1 Start your Actix Solution. 5 Select an application layer. 7 Display the results in a report.

5 Use custom reports to analyze data. Choose A or Abis Scenarios Scenarios are collections of analyses that can be performed on any PCM Link data as it is loaded. 2 Set or import the appropriate Load Time Queries from the Analysis Manager.See also Choose A or Abis Scenarios on page 92 Choose Gb Scenarios on page 100 Using user-defined analyses These are non-standard analysis methods produced by advanced users for co-workers. queries that can be used with the Statistics Explorer). Developing user-defined analyses This is for advanced users who want to expand on the reports and queries provided as standard with . 1 Start your Actix Solution. You select the Scenarios you need. 3 Select Tools | Preferences. However. This avoids loading unnecessary data from the logfile and reduces the load time. depending on the tasks you want to perform. 92 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 4 Load the logfile to be examined. Note that you must have at least one A or Abis (as appropriate) Scenario selected for A and Abis analysis features to work correctly. so only the basic analysis sets are selected by default. the more Scenarios that are selected. 1 2 Start your Actix Solution. and set Load Mode to 'Minimal Load'. 3 Load a small example logfile. the longer the data takes to load. 4 Write Load Time Queries and Reports as required. and set Load Mode to 'Full Load'. 5 Set Load Mode back to 'Minimal Load' before attempting to examine any new logfiles. using their own expert knowledge of the technology and their network. Crosstab and Event queries can be used with PCM Link data to create suitable call analyses (that is. Do not load a logfile yet. Select Tools | Preferences.

5 From the Queries pane on the left of the Statistics Explorer. The Statistics Explorer The Statistics Explorer is a powerful data-manipulation tool that lets you rapidly pinpoint problems by displaying statistical data from Crosstab and Event queries. 2 Select 'Abis Call Analysis'. select Choose Scenario to open the Attach Load Time Queries dialog. To use the Statistics Explorer 1 From the Tools menu. Note that queries beginning with 'Analyze' can be used for call analysis. 2 Select one or more appropriate Scenarios and click OK. select Analyze Connection Errors or Analyze Handover Failures. select Statistics Explorer. 3 Open the Abis file. 4 From the View menu. select Choose Scenario to open the Attach Load Time Queries dialog. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 93 . The processed data is now displayed in the Statistics Explorer.To choose a Scenario 1 From the Tools menu.

charts. you can create a call analysis stream of selected data to view from the Workspace Explorer. 1 2 In the Statistics Explorer. select a row of data. Click Analyze. tables etc. 94 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .Abis Call Analysis Once you have displayed the data for an Abis file within the Statistics Explorer. The stream of the selected data appears in the Workspace Explorer: The data in this new stream can now be analyzed using maps.

2 Select 'Abis Call Analysis'. When the process is complete. When you have finished examining the filtered data. so the uplink information (or the difference between uplink and downlink information) can then be plotted on a map. Abis or Gb logfiles—can be combined with drive test data collected at the same time. The Workspace Explorer now only shows data relating to the row selected in the Statistics Explorer. click Filter again to switch off the filtering. select Choose Scenario to open the Attach Load Time Queries dialog. analysis reports) may be used to examine the data. To Superstream the data 1 From the Tools menu. 6 Select the appropriate Search Method settings for synchronizing the data streams. and the normal data displays (maps. 3 Superstream PCM Link/Drive Test data PCM data—for example from A. Click Filter. 5 Select the appropriate Drive Test stream(s) and PCM-Link stream(s). tables. This means that the GPS coordinates in the drive test data can be matched to the uplink information. 7 Click OK to begin the superstreaming process. 1 2 In the Statistics Explorer. charts. 3 Open the PC Link file and the drive test file to be superstreamed. select Superstream PCMLink/DT to open the PCM-Link/Drive Test Superstreaming dialog. select a row of data. you can reduce the quantity of data displayed in the Workspace Explorer. the superstream is displayed in the Workspace Explorer.Filter the Workspace Explorer Once you have displayed the data for an Abis file within the Statistics Explorer. 4 From the Tools menu. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 95 .

Breakdowns of SCCP Services Requested and CSSP Connection Refused Causes. Connection Analysis by Cell Connection statistics for each cell. percentage and breakdown of Location Update messages. A data file must be loaded and a valid CellRefs file must have been set. Assignment Failure breakdown. SSS Handover Cause by Cell Inter-BSC handover statistics for each cell. percentages and graph. GSM A application layers A General Analysis Location Update Count. 96 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Connection Analysis Count and percentage of SCCP Connection messages.GSM A and Abis pre-configured reports See the section GSM Application Layers on page 84 for information on how to use application layers. You must also select a Scenario for the related application layer option to be displayed under Tools | Analysis. Services Requested Count. types and reject causes. as not all A and Abis Scenarios are checked by default. Channel Assignment Assignment message count and percentage. Handover Reject and Fail Cause Counts. percentage and breakdown. Channel Assignment by Cell Assignment message count and percentage for each cell. BSS Handover Cause by Cell Intra-BSC handover statistics for each cell. Clear Cause Cause Code count and percentage for Clear Command messages. percentages and graph for HO Request Reject and Failure. A Handover Analysis Handover Cause HO Performed and HO Required-Attempt cause counts.

BSS Handover Matrix Intra-BSC Handovers by Source and Target. Quality Distribution Counts of uplink and downlink quality. downlink level and uplink quality vs. phase and graph. TCH and SDCCH statistics by TRX. GSM Abis application layers Abis Quick Analysis Traffic Statistics Setup. outgoing and intra-cell handovers and directed retries. Roaming by Country Lists the count and proportion of Roaming Subscribers from each country in a table and graph. SSS Handover Matrix Inter-BSC Handovers by Source and Target. Handover Statistics Statistics by TRX for incoming. Connection Failure Statistics for TCH and SDCCH. and graphs of downlink quality vs. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 97 . uplink level.Handover Messages by Cell Inter-BSC outgoing and incoming statistics for each cell. Timing Advance and Interference Interference vs. A Subscriber Analysis Handset Types Breakdown of mobile handsets based on Type Approval Code. timing advance followed by interference definition chart. and cause breakdown. Channel Type Speech and Data channel type counts and percentages. Roaming by Network Lists the count and proportion of Roaming Subscribers from each network in a table and graph. Classmark Classmark count.

downlink Rx level followed by interference definition chart. timing advance followed by interference definition chart. Level and Interference Interference vs. Channel Configuration Breakdown by cell and TRX. and graphs of downlink quality vs. TCH and SDCCH statistics by TRX. downlink level and uplink quality vs.Link Balance Distribution Graph showing corrected downlink level – corrected uplink level. Poor Quality Contributors Poor qualities for uplink and downlink plotted against corresponding level. 98 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Abis Traffic Handovers and Failures Traffic Statistics Setup. Abis Network Design Quality Distribution Counts of uplink and downlink quality. Link Balance by Timeslot Graphs showing mean link balance by TRX and by timeslot. Abis Balance and Sensitivity System Sensitivity Mean uplink and downlink quality and number of valid points for a range of levels. Timing Advance and Interference Interference vs. Link Balance Distribution Graph showing corrected downlink level – corrected uplink level. uplink level. Link Balance UL vs DL Corrected uplink level plotted against corrected downlink level. Link Balance by DL Level Mean link balance and number of data points plotted against downlink level.

and cause breakdown.Handover Statistics Statistics by TRX for incoming. Error Indication Cause Cause breakdown for TCH and SDCCH. outgoing and intra-cell handovers and directed retries. Handover Fail Cause Count and breakdown of handover fail causes. Handset Performance Breakdown of mobile handset performance statistics based on Type Approval Code. Handovers by Target Stats and graph of handovers by BSIC-BCCH. Connection Failure Statistics for TCH and SDCCH. FREE ANALYSIS OF GPRS DATA You can perform Gb Link data analysis: • • • Using Actix Scenarios (see page 91) Using user-defined analyses (see page 92) To develop user-defined analyses (see page 92) Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 99 .

Choose Gb Scenarios Scenarios are collections of analyses that can be performed on any PCM Link data as it is loaded. see GPRS analysis engineering notes. However. To choose a Scenario 1 From the Tools menu. Note that you must have at least one Gb Scenario selected for Gb analysis features to work correctly. depending on the tasks you want to perform. For more information on Scenarios. select Choose Scenario to open this dialog: 2 Select one or more appropriate Scenarios and click OK. the longer the data takes to load. the more Scenarios that are selected. see Load Time Queries in each Scenario (see page 102). so only the basic analysis sets are selected by default.For more information on GPRS analysis. You select the Scenarios you need. 100 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

To display a Load Time Query in the Statistics Explorer 1 From the Workspace Explorer. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 101 .Examine Gb Load Time Queries If you have selected one or more Scenarios. the related Load Time Queries are displayed in the Workspace Explorer. right-click on the appropriate Load Time Query to open the pop-up menu. 2 Select Display the Statistics Explorer.

highlight an interesting row and click the Analyze button. All other queries are also displayed in the Queries panel. Gb Throughput Analysis (see page 106) The 'Traffic Type' Load Time Queries are those used in the Gb Throughput Analysis application layer.The Statistics Explorer opens with the Load Time Query selected. but there are also eight other Load Time Queries containing useful information that can be displayed in the Statistics Explorer. and may be selected as required. 102 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Load Time Queries in each Scenario Gb Signaling Analysis (see page 105) This Scenario's Load Time Queries are those used in the application layer of the same name. These Scenarios each contain one query: Gb TCP Session Analysis Gb TLLI Analysis Gb Throughput Analysis MS TLLI Analysis Display one of these queries in the Statistics Explorer.

The user has identified a high number of PDP Activation Failures for a particular mobile.In the example below. This generates a new analysis stream for the mobile in question that can be examined in the Protocol Stack Browser (without needing to set the Load Mode to 'Full') and the Message Browser. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 103 . and so clicks Analyze. Gb Handset Analysis has been displayed in the Statistics Explorer.

Analyze GPRS Drive Test data You can analyze GPRS Drive Test data using charts. queries and so on just like any other drive test data. The data attributes shown in the box are described under: • Calculating Block Error (BLER) and Block Success Rates 104 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

you will need to: 1 2 3 Create your own GPS data file using your logging tool. If you want to display data on a map. breakdowns of cause value. Gb pre-configured reports See the section GSM Application Layers on page 84 for information on how to use application layers. You can now plot the superstreamed data attributes on a map. For more information see Load Time Queries in each Scenario on page 102. MM Attach Attach count and percentage. Use the Text Import Wizard (File | Import Text File) to import the log file Superstream the imported file with the GPRS Drive Test file (as described in the section Superstream PCM Link/Drive Test data in the chapter Analyzing A and Abis data). as not all Scenarios are checked by default.• • Timing Bit Sums Map DT files lacking GPS data Some GPRS Drive Test files do not contain GPS data. attach type and attach result. GPRS Gb Signaling Analysis Msg Breakdown Can be used as a high-level overview of the messaging used at each protocol layer of the Gb interface. A data file must be loaded and a valid CellRefs file must have been set. You must also select a Scenario for the related application layer option to be displayed under Tools | Analysis. GPRS Gb application layers Note that the following Scenarios do not correspond to an application layer. although each contain one Load Time Query: Gb TCP Session Analysis Gb TLLI Analysis Gb Throughput Analysis MS TLLI Analysis Each Load Time Query can be examined using the Statistics Explorer. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 105 .

breakdowns of cause value. Flush Statistics Shows Flush Action and average number of Octets affected. SM PDP Context Deactivation Count. Cell Update Table Shows the GPRS cell update occurrences using the Cell Identity in the uplink messages of the BSSGP protocol layer. breakdowns of cause value and detach type. MM RA Update RAU count and percentage. and cause value breakdowns for MSinitiated and network-initiated deactivations. 106 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . MM Error Conditions Breaks down the GMM cause values reported in the GMM status messages. percentage. UDP Traffic Type Analysis As above but uses the Source and Destination ports from the UDP header. and cause value breakdowns for MSinitiated and network-initiated activations. Flow Control Statistics BVC and MS Flow Control Statistics including bucket size and leak rates. update type and update result. the traffic type for the data packets can be analyzed. Discarded LLC-PDU Statistics Shows average LLC frames discarded and Octets deleted. percentage. SM Error Conditions SM cause value breakdowns for uplink and downlink. SM PDP Context Count.MM Detach MOD and MTD detach count and percentage. GPRS Gb Throughput Analysis TCP Traffic Type Analysis Using the Source and Destination ports from the TCP header.

Practicing these will allow you to be productive as soon as possible. you should attend a full training / workshop session. You can save and reuse workspaces as necessary. For an in-depth understanding. the application window looks like this: The arrangement of loaded help files and data display windows is called the current workspace.FREE ANALYSIS OF IS-136 DATA This section describes tasks that you might take to analyze IS-136 log files. These tasks have been chosen to demonstrate most of the basic analysis features. as these can be tailored exclusively to your needs as individual staff members and for the company as a whole. The interface for A Solutions After the startup is complete. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 107 .

2.Configure IS-136 network information Import IS-136 network information As well as geographical data. This list is designed to match the entries in the Color_Codes field. This list is designed to match the entries in the Traffic_Channels field. the following parameters should be included in data imported into the tool. Used for determining likely serving and neighbor cells. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps. view and edit the cellrefs file. To maximize the benefit that can be brought to IS-136 network analysis. see Network Explorer. A list of color codes (SAT and DVCCs) separated by semicolons. it is also useful to display your network information on a map window. Numeric identifier for the Site. Locates Site icons on map. Locates Site icons on map.3. Digital Control Channel Digital Voice Color Code A list of traffic channels separated by semicolons. Governs the shape of the sector 'wedge' icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site. You must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called 'cellrefs'. 108 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Mobile Country Code System Identity Azimuth Beamwidth Base Station Power ACCH Color Codes DCC DCCH DVCC Traffic_Channels IS-54/IS-136_Cell DCC IS-54/IS-136_Cell DCCH IS-54/IS-136_Cell DVCC IS-54/IS-136_Cell Traffic_Channels MCC SID IS-54/IS-136_Cell MCC IS-54/IS-136_Cell SID To import IS-136 network information 1 From the Tools menu. Orients the sector icons on the map. Used for determining likely serving and neighbor cells. You can use the Network Explorer to import. although it can be given any name) before you can import it. or a combination of site numbers IS-54/IS-136_Cell Azimuth IS-54/IS-136_Cell Beamwidth IS-54/IS-136_Cell EIRP IS-54/IS-136_Cell ACCH IS-54/IS-136_Cell Color_Codes Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. select Network Explorer to open the Network Explorer window. Base station power Analog control channel. Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Name IS-54/IS-136_Site_SiteName IS-54/IS-136_SiteID IS-54/IS-136_SiteLatitude IS-54/IS-136_SiteLongitude IS-54/IS-136_Cell Sector ID Can 1. Digital Color Code used to determine lines to serving cells for Analog servers in idle mode. For more information. 2 From the toolbar. click Import and select Import From New Template to open the Import dialog. etc.

Note that each of the field names has an associated icon: Key fields (see Key fields on page 164) Required fields (see Required fields on page 164) Other fields (see Other fields on page 164) 9 Under the Columns heading. Azimuth.3 Select the appropriate network data file. 7 Under General Settings. Use the Cell ID column for the IS-54/IS-136_Cell Sector ID. A description of each of these parameters and their use appears in the table at the top of this section. Repeat this for the SiteID. ACCH. 12 For the remaining columns. 8 Click on the Column Settings tab. 6 Under Delimiters. When the cellrefs file is updated. If your file has more than one header or uses a different array list separator. including the column-by-column parameter assignment. and Longitude. Traffic_Channels. enter '1' for Ignore header rows and '. look for the attribute headers under IS-54/IS-136 Cell. 13 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. 4 Click Open to display the Custom Import Wizard. The Wizard then displays the selected parameter against the appropriate column. The Column Settings tab allows you to associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file.' for Array (list) Separator. Latitude. DCC. The new cell information will be added at the bottom of the existing list in the Network Explorer. Color_Codes. DVCC. set these options accordingly. 10 Select a column binding from the drop-down list. 5 Give the Template a meaningful Description. you should use the template you have created on the new file so that you do not have to repeat work you have already done. 11 Set the appropriate column bindings for IS-54/IS136_Site and SiteName. DCCH. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 109 . EIRP. click on a setting for a particular field. check Tab. Beamwidth.

Load IS-136 data files 1 From the toolbar. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog: 2 3 Click on File Location to select the cellrefs file. with devices and other data streams displayed at lower levels. 110 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . This also illustrates the many file formats available. Files of Type defaults to ‘All Formats’ but you can select a specific file type to look for. You will now see this message: You may now want to close and restart for the change to take effect. Find and use IS-136 data in the Workspace Explorer The Workspace Explorer window is a graphical display of all loaded data or log files and the data structure contained within each file. Loaded files are at the highest level.Set an IS-136 network information file 1 From the Tools menu. click the Open Logfile button: This displays the Open dialog. 2 Select an appropriate file.

1 Click on the symbols to open out and explore the data in your logfile. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 111 . You may also want additional information about a particular data attribute. starting from zero). the file ‘0408_001’ contains a data stream called ‘Tems IS136 1900 (0)’ (the number is the data stream number within the file. Once you have located the appropriate data attribute. table or spreadsheet—to examine the data in detail. which contains the ‘FACCH_CurChannel’ data attribute: 2 3 However. The ‘IS-136’ group contains the ‘Dedicated Radio Link’ set. data streams and data attributes. the only objects that you actually need to recognize are filenames. select Attribute Help. The logical tree-view layout of the Workspace Explorer allows you to drill down and identify all logged data. you can open it in a data window— for example. From the Help menu. Select 'DVCC'. See how your data relates to the structure shown above. a map. chart. In the example below. You can examine data streams using the Message Browser tool.

4 Click the button to dock the attribute help window and drag it to a useful position. 2 Click Close Logfile. To remove a data file from the Workspace Explorer 1 Right-click on the name of the logfile to display the Close Logfile option. The data file is now removed from the Workspace Explorer display. 112 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 5 Delete IS-136 data files Select a new attribute. Note that the help now provides information on that attribute.

View IS-136 summary data Table view Tables let you examine the numeric series, histogram and statistical data for the selected attribute. • From the Workspace Explorer, right-click on the data attribute ‘DownLink Measurements > FACCH_CurBER_Level’ and select Display on Table.

This opens the Table window:

Experiment with the other tabs in the window.

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The Message Browser The Message Browser differs from the previous data windows in that it only appears as a pop-up menu option at the data stream level in the Workspace Explorer. • From the Workspace Explorer, right-click on the data stream and select Display Message Browser.

The Message Browser combines an event panel (sequentially listing call events) with a panel of Layer 3 messaging, allowing you to pinpoint the root causes of problems.

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View IS-136 data From the Workspace Explorer, you can right-click any data attribute to display a suitable pop-up menu of options. • Right-click on a data attribute. A pop-up menu opens, similar to this:

Selecting one of the display methods opens the appropriate data window. View IS-136 data in the Map window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘FACCH_CurRSSI’ in a map window.

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Click on the Pan button. Click and drag the data around the map window. Experiment with the Zoom buttons.

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In the Workspace Explorer, open up the ‘Event Data’ set and drag the ‘Call_Dropped’ event onto the map, which should look similar to this:

(Here there is only one dropped call, as the drivetest is completed.) Adding various events to the mapped data can help you see where problems are occurring. 6 Drag another data attribute onto the map. You can also change the size, symbol or color of the data, apply offsets to an attribute or merge attributes for a multidimensional display. See the online help for details. The map legend defines histogram ranges for charts. 7 Click on one of the check boxes in the Map Legend pane to hide the related attribute data on the map. Click on it again to redisplay the data. To find out how to add background geographical and network information to map windows, see the section Configure Maps (see Configure Maps on page 123).

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Replay the IS-136 data With a drive test file, you may want to recreate the drive test by 'playing' through the data file from beginning to end. You can do this using the Replay feature. To open the Replay control, from the main menu, select Tools, then Display Replay.

View IS-136 data in StateForms While examining data on a map, you can also view data attributes for the same data point by using the StateForms tool. 1 From the Tools menu, select Display StateForms. 2 In the map window, click Select and select a data point. The StateForms window now displays a variety of attributes based on the data point you selected.

Note that in this example, an appropriate cellrefs file has not been set, so no Cell or Sector ID information is displayed.

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Advanced users can use the Design Mode of this feature to create new forms for IS-136 and other technologies. For details, see Create a new StateForm. Print the IS-136 data 1 From the map window, click Print to open the Map Layout Designer, which starts with the Page Setup dialog open. 2 Set the paper size, orientation and margins, and specify the header and footer for the page. Click OK to continue. You can now see the Map Layout Designer window.

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Click on the map, legend, headers or footers to edit, move or resize them as necessary. To check on what the map will look like when printed, click Print Preview. When satisfied with the layout, click Print to open the standard Windows Print dialog.

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View IS-136 data in the Chart window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute ‘FACCH_CurRSSI’ in a chart window.

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120 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . but this time up and to the right.4 Release the mouse button to complete the zoom action: 5 6 Note that the zoom only operates in the X-axis. Now return the chart its original state by dragging a box. Use the right mouse button to drag the axes around the chart window. not in the Y-axis.

you can only change the X-axis for the last attribute to be displayed on the chart. both displaying the ‘FACCH_CurRSSI’ data attribute. click on Select. so that when displaying the same data attribute in a map. You would usually activate this menu by a single right-click.7 Although you can drag the Y-axis for all attributes on the chart. chart or table. 2 Note the other toolbar buttons for selecting data points. 1 From the map window. if you select a data point in one window. chart or table windows also highlight the data point. you will see that a pop-up menu appears when you release the right mouse button. Now click on a data point on the map. all related map. You should have a map and a chart window open. Also. Select Chart Properties to display this dialog: 8 Experiment with changing various display parameters and observe the effect on the chart. View synchronized IS-136 data The data in each of these windows is synchronized. with a line Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 121 Actix A Solutions User Guide . You should see that the relevant parts of the map and the chart look as shown below.

1 From the Workbook menu. 2 3 4 Click OK to process and display the data in the workbook. You can proceed to adapt the workbook.appearing at the equivalent ‘FACCH_CurRSSI’ point on the chart: Generate IS-136 reports You may want to create high-level management reports based on your collected data. polished report. Select the data source that you want to view in the workbook report. but the Workbook function allows you to collate these views and perform other data analysis functions to produce an integrated. select Open Workbook and select an appropriate Excel template. 122 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . and so on. You can print from map and chart windows. Click Open. use other Excel tools on the data.

This section shows you how to add a background and arrange the layers within a map window. 1 2 Display a data attribute in a map window. Making a checkmark in a layer’s box controls: if the layer is visible if objects on it can be selected if the layer can be annotated (clearing this box ‘locks’ the Annotations layer from having any further annotations added) In the Layers box. click Add to display the Open Layer dialog. click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 3 Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 123 . there was no background map image to put the data into context.Configure Maps Map backgrounds and layers In the earlier example that looked at displaying data in a map window. From the map window.

tab) files. the map location defaults to 0° longitude. In a new installation. see MapInfo layers (see page 46).4 5 Select one or more MapInfo Map (. Click Close to return to the map view. 6 7 The top of the layer list represents the uppermost layer in this map window. For details. 0° latitude. Click Open to display the map layer(s) in the Layer Control dialog. Click Up and Down to move the new 'examplemap' layer to the bottom and 'Annotations' to the top. 124 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . so you will need to arrange the map view to display the new map.

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pan the map viewing area by right-clicking in the map area. Use the Zoom and Pan controls to arrange the map as required. you must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called ‘cellrefs’. then choosing Zoom. right-click on IS-54_IS136_Cell-DVCC and select Multi-d dataset Style. Select a detailed layer—for example. S1 (street names). You should see graphics for each cell site appear on the map. with a sample cell site in the lower left and data points in a line on the right: To alter the size of the cell symbols 1 From the map legend pane. Right-click on the map window and select Map Layers to display the Layer Control dialog. Here is a zoomed-in map view. This helps to minimize map clutter. Now do the same for the street numbers map layer. Check Display within Zoom range and enter '0' for Min Zoom and '10' for Max Zoom. To zoom in to an area. but they may be too big or two small. then click and drag a rectangle around the area of interest. entering a zoom range of 0-3. You can use the Network Explorer to view and edit the cellrefs file. Display IS-136 network information To display your network information on a map window. Go to Layer and selecting the new map layer. For some detailed layers. although it can be given any name) before you can import it. Click Display to open the Display Properties dialog. you can control at what degree of magnification they become visible. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 125 . click Zoom In.

Click Lines to open the Line layer properties dialog. Show lines to cells on a map 1 From the map window. 126 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 4 As shown above. click on Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. set the Lines draw mode to ‘Selection’ and Color lines with to ‘DedicatedCell_BER’.2 Select a new Size for the symbol font and click OK. and click OK. which should look similar to this: 2 3 Select the ‘Lines to neighbor cells’ layer.

select Create Network Image to open the Create Network Image dialog: 2 Select a template and click OK. with dotted lines drawn to neighboring cells. Network Imaging Files containing network data can be huge. Zoom In on data points near a cell site. Most of this data will also go unexamined. and will simply create delays in analyzing network behavior. A solid line is drawn to the serving cell site.5 6 Click Close to finish using the Layer Control dialog. The Network Imaging feature lets you batch-process a number of files into a pre-defined data set that can be archived and collated to see how key network parameters have changed over time. Create a Network Image 1 From the Network Image menu. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 127 . and use Select to pick a data point.

2 Select the appropriate file and click Open.The Select Network Image to Create dialog now opens: 3 Enter a File name and location for the network image file and click Save. The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. Batch-load data files 1 From the Network Image menu. 128 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . select Attach Network Image to open the Select Network Image File dialog. You are now ready to batch-load a set of related data files.

When the file processing is complete.The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. 3 Right-click on the Network Image file and select the Batch Load Files option. 4 Select one or more data files and click Open. a message similar to this is displayed: 5 6 Click OK to close the message. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 129 . Open up the structure underneath the network image. This opens the Select Files to Load dialog.

comprehensive spreadsheet reports. Note that if you do not have a loaded data file. each concentrating on a particular type of network analysis. ready for immediate use by staff of all levels of experience. Once you select an application layer. the application layer window opens. You must also have set a valid CellRefs file. 2 From the Analysis menu. 130 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . The application layers are listed under the Analysis menu– which ones actually appear depend on the type of data file loaded. the Analysis menu option will be grayed-out. These 'application layers' distil advanced analysis techniques into simple.7 Now view the batched network image data attributes in the same way as you would for standard data attributes. select Summary Reports. using maps. The top pane shows a treeview of the network structure against various statistics produced by the application layer. TDMA pre-configured reports Each Actix Solution provides a set of pre-configured reports. Use an application layer 1 Ensure that you have a data file loaded and a cellrefs file selected. charts and so on.

If you want to use another report.3 Use the top pane as necessary to narrow down the data in your selection. All reports appropriate to your selection are displayed under the Suggested tab. look under the All tab to view all reports available within the current application layer. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 131 .

use the buttons at the bottom of the window to Save the report as a web-compatible HTML file set.4 Double-click on a report icon to open the report: 5 This will report on all data selected in the upper tree-view panel. 132 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . As required. To change the thresholds for a new analysis. Reset thresholds for a new analysis A number of the application layer reports use Custom Attributes. Print the report to your printer or open the report in Excel using Show Excel Report. you need to re-run this Custom Attribute directly from the Custom Attribute Manager: • Distance_Input You can now re-run the application layer.

Handoff Quality Breakdown For a five-second window around each handoff. The most robust format supported for IS-136 to date is Tems. this reports key performance metrics for a five-second window before the drop. Handoff Quality Stats For a five-second window around the handoff event. this reports PDF and CDF of the RSSI and BER before and after the event. the report returns relevant stats for potential serving cells undergoing adjacent channel interference. this technique of integrating data files is known as ‘superstreaming’. Dropped Call Stats For every dropped call. From the View menu. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 133 . This lets you see how parameters such as ‘DedicatedCell_SignalStrength’ behave at specific mobile locations. select Superstream to open the Superstreaming dialog. From this report. This is due to current limitations on our event detection for IS-136.C to A Stats Available only for Tems IS-136 data. In Actix Solutions. you can see if the majority of handoffs occurred to a better or worse quality condition. BER and RSSI Stats PDF and CDF of BER and RSSI. The lower and upper adjacent C/A measurement is less then 9 dB. TDMA Call Statistics Summary call statistics for TDMA log file(s). 1 2 Ensure that you have loaded the two files that you want to synchronize into a superstream.TDMA application layers TDMA Summary Reports These reports will only run reliably on Tems IS-136 data. Tems. It is also primarily designed for all digital files. This dialog shows all currently available data streams. Integrate uplink and downlink data The reverse link data from the switch or a protocol can be integrated with the drive-test data. the report determines if the handoff was to a better or worse RSSI and a better or worse BER.

4 Check the box of each data stream that you want to combine to form a superstream. You can view data from the superstream in any of the standard data display windows. select ‘DedicatedCell_SignalStrength’. The superstream is now generated and appears in the Workspace Explorer. depending upon how you want to view the data. 2 Under Binning.Change the superstream name from the default to something more meaningful. 7 Highlight the uplink data stream. click the Correlated Parameters option. select ‘DedicatedCell_SignalStrength’. This lets you select attributes from each stream that correspond to one another. Aggregate IS-136 data Actix Solutions have an adaptable data structure. 11 Click OK. This expands the dialog to show the Merge Method options. 10 From the attribute picker. select the appropriate Binning Mode. 5 Click the Settings button. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog. 6 To superstream data from the reverse link and the forward link. 9 Highlight the downlink data stream. You can also use the All or None buttons to change the box settings of every listed data stream. These modes are supported: • • • • 1 Location/grid Time Message Distance 3 To change the aggregation (‘binning’) mode: From the Tools menu. so you can select different aggregation modes for the data. 8 From the attribute picker button on the right. 134 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide .

The querying interface lets you construct simple or complex expressions. This is useful when looking for data trends. Queries are created and edited from the Tools menu. These expressions extract meaningful performance data. As an example. Analysis Manager option. You can create these query types: • • • • • • • • • Filter queries Binned queries Histogram queries Statistical queries Crosstab queries Event queries Perform logical and arithmetic operators Save queries to a default Workspace Apply filters to queries You can also: Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 135 . based on user-defined thresholds or the value of other expressions. you can create a query that returns statistics for a particular event—such as a dropped call—for a given window in time around that event.3 Use Queries Click Apply.

Enter ‘Poor Quality’ as the name of the filter. Click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘IS-136 > DownLink Measurements > ForBER’. Set the threshold to ‘5’. then Create a New Filter.Create a filter This query is designed to filter poor quality in IS-136 data. Set the filter operation to ‘Greater than (>)’. just by clicking on them. If you already have a filter applied to the stream. Any other data display windows update to show the areas with poor quality. You can turn off this and any other filters from the Workspace Explorer. 136 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . right-click on a data stream and select Filter. 2 3 4 5 The Filter Wizard opens. 1 From the Workspace Explorer. you will see this dialog: 7 Click Yes. 6 Click OK to close the Wizard.

you should attend a full training / workshop session.FREE ANALYSIS OF IDEN DATA This section describes tasks that you might take to analyze IS-136 log files. as these can be tailored exclusively to your needs as individual staff members and for the company as a whole. the application window looks like this: Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 137 . For an in-depth understanding. These tasks have been chosen to demonstrate most of the basic analysis features. Practicing these will allow you to be productive with as soon as possible. The interface for A Solutions After the startup is complete.

view and edit the cellrefs file. A list of color codes separated by semicolons. Locates Site icons on map. This list is designed to match the entries in the Color_Codes field. or a combination of site numbers IDEN_Cell Azimuth IDEN_Cell Beamwidth Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. Numeric identifier for the Site. Locates Site icons on map. although it can be given any name) before you can import it. This list is designed to match the entries in the TCH_List field. Configure iDEN network information Import iDEN network information As well as geographical data. select Network Explorer to open the Network Explorer window. To maximize the benefit that can be brought to iDEN network analysis.3. 138 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . You can save and reuse workspaces as necessary. Digital Control Channel Digital Voice Color Code A list of traffic channels separated by semicolons. etc. You can use the Network Explorer to import. Orients the sector icons on the map.The arrangement of loaded help files and data display windows is called the current workspace. Used for determining likely serving and neighbor cells. Base station power Common control channel. Can be used to color the sector wedges. Governs the shape of the sector 'wedge' icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site. Used for determining likely serving and neighbor cells. the following parameters should be included in data imported into the tool. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps. Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Workspace Name IDEN_Site_SiteName IDEN_SiteID IDEN_SiteLatitude IDEN_SiteLongitude IDEN_Cell Sector ID Can use 1. Mobile Country Code Cell Identity Azimuth Beamwidth Base Station Power CCCH Color Codes IDEN_Cell EIRP IDEN_Cell CCCH IDEN_Cell Color_Codes DCCH DVCC TCH_List IDEN_Cell DCCH IDEN_Cell DVCC IDEN_Cell TCH_List MCC CI IDEN_Cell MCC IDEN_Cell CI To import iDEN network information 1 From the Tools menu. it is also useful to display your network information on a map window. You must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called 'cellrefs'.2.

you should use the template you have created on the new file so that you do not have to repeat work you have already done. 5 Give the Template a meaningful Description. A description of each of these parameters and their use appears in the table at the top of this section. 6 Under Delimiters. 2 Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 139 . click on a setting for a particular field. you can associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file. look for the attribute headers under IDEN Cell. If your file has more than one header or uses a different array list separator. click Import and select Import From New Template to open the Import dialog. 8 Click on the Column Settings tab. including the column-by-column parameter assignment. Beamwidth. Latitude. The new cell information will be added at the bottom of the existing list in the Network Explorer. Repeat this for the SiteID. 11 Set the default value for that field as appropriate. 10 Select a column binding from the drop-down list. Here. check Tab. TCH_List. Use the Cell ID column for the IDEN Cell Sector ID. 7 Under General Settings. 14 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. The Wizard then displays the selected parameter against the appropriate column. 12 Select the appropriate column bindings for IDEN Site and Site Name.' for Array (list) Separator. 4 Click Open to display the Custom Import Wizard. CCCH. 3 Select the appropriate network data file. EIRP. 13 For the remaining columns.From the toolbar. set these options accordingly. Azimuth. Color_Codes. When the cellrefs file is updated. and Longitude. Each field name has an associated icon: Key fields (see page 164) Required fields (see page 164) Other fields (see page 164) 9 Under the Columns heading. enter '1' for Ignore header rows and '.

This also illustrates the many file formats available. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog: 2 3 Click on File Location to select the cellrefs file. 140 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Loaded files are at the highest level. with devices and other data streams displayed at lower levels.Set an iDEN network information file 1 From the Tools menu. Find and use iDEN data in the Workspace Explorer The Workspace Explorer window is a graphical display of all loaded data or log files and the data structure contained within each file. Files of Type defaults to 'All Formats' but you can select a specific file type to look for. 2 Select an appropriate file. You will now see this message: You may now want to close and restart for the change to take effect. click the Open Logfile button: This displays the Open dialog. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog. Load iDEN data files 1 From the toolbar.

The logical tree-view layout of the Workspace Explorer allows you to drill down and identify all logged data. starting from zero).1 Click on the symbols to open out and explore the data in your logfile. the only objects that you actually need to recognize are filenames. Once you have located the appropriate data attribute. chart. You can examine data streams using the Message Browser tool. The 'iDEN' group contains the 'DownLink Measurements' set. See how your data relates to the structure shown above. select Show Context Help. table or spreadsheet—to examine the data in detail. From the Help menu. You may also want additional information about a particular data attribute. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 141 . the file 'atlantW' contains a data stream called 'Nextel iDEN Handset (0)' (the number is the data stream number within the file. a map. which contains the 'ServRSSI' data attribute: 2 However. data streams and data attributes. In the example below. you can open it in a data window— for example.

Table view Tables let you examine the numeric series. Note that the help now provides information on that attribute. 142 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . histogram and statistical data for the selected attribute. To remove a data file from the Workspace Explorer 1 Right-click on the name of the logfile to display the Close Logfile option. as shown here: 4 Delete iDEN data files Select a new attribute. 2 Click Close Logfile.3 Click the button to dock the attribute help window and drag it to a useful position. The data file is now removed from the Workspace Explorer display.

right-click on the data stream and select Display Message Browser.• From the Workspace Explorer. right-click on the data attribute 'DownLink Measurements > ServRSSI' and select Display on Table. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 143 . The Message Browser The Message Browser differs from the previous data windows in that it only appears as a pop-up menu option at the data stream level in the Workspace Explorer. This opens the Table window: • Experiment with the other tabs in the window. • From the Workspace Explorer.

144 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . • Right-click on a data attribute.The Message Browser combines an event panel (sequentially listing call events) with a panel of Layer 3 messaging. View iDEN data From the Workspace Explorer. View iDEN data in the Map window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute 'ServRSSI' in a map window. A pop-up menu opens. similar to this: Selecting one of the display methods opens the appropriate data window. allowing you to pinpoint the root causes of problems. you can right-click any data attribute to display a suitable pop-up menu of options.

2 3 4 5 Click on the Pan button. open up the 'Event Data' set and drag the 'HandOver_Complete' event onto the map. Click and drag the data around the map window. In the Workspace Explorer. Experiment with the Zoom buttons. which should look similar to this: 6 Adding various events to the mapped data can help you see where problems are occurring. symbol or color of the data. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 145 . See the online help for details. Drag another data attribute onto the map. apply offsets to an attribute or merge attributes for a multidimensional display. You can also change the size.

Click on one of the check boxes in the Map Legend pane to hide the related attribute data on the map.7 The map legend defines histogram ranges for charts. click Select and select a data point. 1 From the Tools menu. To open the Replay control. from the main menu. View iDEN data in StateForms While examining data on a map. select Tools. select Display StateForms. Click on it again to redisplay the data. 2 In the map window. then Display Replay. you can also view data attributes for the same data point by using the StateForms tool. The StateForms window now displays a variety of attributes based on the data point you selected. you may want to recreate the drive test by 'playing' through the data file from beginning to end. Replay the iDEN data With a drive test file. 146 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . You can do this using the Replay feature.

Note that in this example. 3 4 Click on the map. click Print Preview. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 147 . Click OK to continue. see Create a new StateForm. an appropriate cellrefs file has not been set. so no Cell or Sector ID information is displayed. Advanced users can use the Design Mode of this feature to create new forms for iDEN and other technologies. and specify the header and footer for the page. For details. orientation and margins. legend. which starts with the Page Setup dialog open. headers or footers to edit. To check on what the map will look like when printed. Print the iDEN data 1 From the map window. 2 Set the paper size. You can now see the Map Layout Designer window. click Print to open the Map Layout Designer. move or resize them as necessary.

2 You can display more than one attribute on the same chart. Select and drag the data attribute 'ServSQE' from the Workspace Explorer window onto the existing chart. On the chart. 148 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . View iDEN data in the Chart window 1 Use the pop-up menu to display the data attribute 'ServRSSI' in a chart window.5 When satisfied with the layout. click Print to open the standard Windows Print dialog. 3 You can also zoom into selected areas of the chart by defining a frame for the zoom. click the upper left corner of the zooming rectangle. and drag down to the lower right extent of the rectangle.

Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 149 . Use the right mouse button to drag the axes around the chart window. Now return the chart its original state by dragging a box. but this time up and to the right. not in the Y-axis.4 Release the mouse button to complete the zoom action: 5 6 Note that the zoom only operates in the X-axis.

chart or table. with a line Actix A Solutions User Guide 150 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions . all related map. 2 Note the other toolbar buttons for selecting data points. so that when displaying the same data attribute in a map. Also. You should see that the relevant parts of the map and the chart look as shown below. Select Chart Properties to display this dialog: 8 Experiment with changing various display parameters and observe the effect on the chart. You would usually activate this menu by a single right-click. 1 From the map window. click on Select. you can only change the X-axis for the last attribute to be displayed on the chart. both displaying the 'ServRSSI' data attribute. View synchronized iDEN data The data in each of these windows is synchronized. if you select a data point in one window. You should have a map and a chart window open.7 Although you can drag the Y-axis for all attributes on the chart. chart or table windows also highlight the data point. Now click on a data point on the map. you will see that a pop-up menu appears when you release the right mouse button.

appearing at the equivalent 'ServRSSI' point on the chart: Generate iDEN reports You may want to create high-level management reports based on your collected data. select Open Workbook and select an appropriate Excel template. but the Workbook function (using Microsoft Excel™) allows you to collate these views and perform other data analysis functions to produce an integrated. use other Excel tools on the data. 4 Click OK to process and display the data in the workbook. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 151 . You can print from map and chart windows. and so on. You can proceed to adapt the workbook. 2 Click Open. 1 From the Workbook menu. see Reports for details of how to create one. polished report. If you do not have a report template. 3 Select the data source that you want to view in the workbook report. This task assumes that you have created an Excel template that you can use to generate a report.

click Add.Map backgrounds and layers In the earlier example that looked at displaying data in a map window. Making a checkmark in a layer’s box controls: if the layer is visible if objects on it can be selected if the layer can be annotated (clearing this box ‘locks’ the Annotations layer from having any further annotations added) In the Layers box. 1 2 Display a data attribute in a map window. From the map window. there was no background map image to put the data into context. click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 3 152 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . This section shows you how to add a background and arrange the layers within a map window.

so you will need to arrange the map view to display the new map. For more information see MapInfo layers (see page 46). Click Open to display the new map layer(s) in the Layer Control dialog. 0° latitude. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 153 .4 5 Select one or more MapInfo Map (. Click Up and Down to move the new 'examplemap' layer to the bottom and 'Annotations' to the top.tab) files. Click Close to return to the map view. 6 7 The top of the layer list represents the uppermost layer in this map window. In a new installation. the map location defaults to 0° longitude.

although it can be given any name) before you can import it. Go to Layer and selecting the new map layer. 154 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . right-click on IS-54_IS136_Cell-DVCC and select Multi-d dataset Style. To zoom in to an area. entering a zoom range of 0-3. Check Display within Zoom range and enter '0' for Min Zoom and '10' for Max Zoom. This helps to minimize map clutter. You can use the Network Explorer to view and edit the cellrefs file. Display iDEN network information To display your network information on a map window. Use the Zoom and Pan controls to arrange the map as required. You should see graphics for each cell site appear on the map. Right-click on the map window and select Map Layers to display the Layer Control dialog. then choosing Zoom. Select a detailed layer—for example.8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pan the map viewing area by right-clicking in the map area. but they may be too big or two small. Here is a zoomed-in map view. click Zoom In. S1 (street names). For some detailed layers. you must have your network information defined in a text file (usually called ‘cellrefs’. you can control at what degree of magnification they become visible. Now do the same for street numbers. then click and drag a rectangle around the area of interest. Click Display to open the Display Properties dialog. with a sample cell site in the lower left and data points in a line on the right: To alter the size of the cell symbols 1 From the map legend pane.

select Create Network Image to open the Create Network Image dialog: 2 Select a template and click OK.2 Select a new Size for the symbol font and click OK. Most of this data will also go unexamined. Network Imaging Files containing network data can be huge. Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 155 Actix A Solutions User Guide . The Network Imaging feature lets you batch-process a number of files into a pre-defined data set that can be archived and collated to see how key network parameters have changed over time. 3 Enter a File name and location for the network image file and click Save. Create a Network Image 1 From the Network Image menu. and will simply create delays in analyzing network behavior.

The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. 2 Select the appropriate file and click Open. The network image now appears in the Workspace Explorer. Batch-load iDEN data files 1 From the Network Image menu. select Attach Network Image to open the Select Network Image File dialog. This opens the Select Files to Load dialog. You are now ready to batch-load a set of related data files. 156 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 3 Right-click on the Network Image file and select the Batch Load Files option.

7 Now view the batched network image data attributes in the same way as you would for standard data attributes. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 157 .4 Select one or more data files and click Open. charts and so on. Open up the structure underneath the network image. using maps. when complete. processes the files and. displays a message similar to this: 5 6 Click OK to close the message.

ready for immediate use by staff of all levels of experience. the Analysis menu option will be grayed-out. To use an application layer 1 Ensure that you have a data file loaded. each concentrating on a particular type of network analysis. 2 From the Analysis menu. The top pane shows a tree-view of the network structure against various statistics produced by the application layer. comprehensive spreadsheet reports. These 'application layers' distil advanced analysis techniques into simple. 158 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . A description of the reports contained within each application layer is provided after the next section. The application layers are listed under the Analysis menu– which ones actually appear depend on the type of data file loaded. the application layer window opens. Once you select an application layer. select an application layer. Note that if you do not have a loaded data file. You must also have set a valid CellRefs file.iDEN pre-configured reports provides a set of pre-configured reports.

5 This will report on all data selected in the upper tree-view panel. To reset thresholds for a new analysis A number of the application layer reports use Custom Attributes. All reports appropriate to your selection are displayed under the Suggested tab. look under the All tab to view all reports available within the current application layer. Print the report to your printer or open the report in Excel using Show Excel Report. use the buttons at the bottom of the window to Save the report as a web-compatible HTML file set. To change the thresholds for a new analysis. If you want to use another report. As required. 4 Double-click on a report icon to open the report. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 159 .3 Use the top pane as necessary to narrow down the data in your selection. you need to re-run this Custom Attribute from the Custom Attribute Manager: • Distance_Input You can now re-run the application layer.

gives PDF and CDF of the RSSI and SQE before and after the event. Measurement Reports Exceeded at Handoff Returns key performance parameters for instances where the number of measurement reports.HS Prompts you for a maximum distance in miles from the serving cell. this reports key performance metrics for a 5-second window before the event. exceeds a user-defined threshold. Handoff Quality Stats For a five-second window around the handoff event. Handover Failure Statistics For every handover failure. for cases where the maximum serving cell distance is exceeded. this reports key performance metrics for an 8-second window before and after each event. determines if the handoff was to a better or worse RSSI and a better or worse SQE. Returns key performance metrics by Serving Site. iDEN Event Inspection Dropped Call Statistics For every dropped call.iDEN Drive Test application layers iDEN Summary Reports iDEN Call Statistics Summary of major call events and performance statistics. this reports key performance metrics for a 5-second window before the drop. Measurement Inquiry Statistics For every measurement inquiry. 160 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Handoff Quality Breakdown For a five-second window around each handoff. iDEN Distant Servers. 8 seconds before handoff. iDEN SQE and RSSI Breakdown RSSI and SQE PDFs and CDFs. Shows if the majority of handoffs occurred to a better or worse quality condition.

These expressions extract meaningful performance data. select the appropriate Binning Mode. you can create a query that returns statistics for a particular event—such as a dropped call—for a given window in time around that event.Aggregate iDEN data has an adaptable data structure. depending upon how you want to view the data. select Preferences to open the Preferences dialog. 3 Use Queries Click Apply. provides a querying interface that lets you construct simple or complex expressions. As an example. This is useful when looking for data trends. so you can select different aggregation modes for the data. 2 Under Binning. based on user-defined thresholds or the value of other expressions. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 161 . supports these modes: • • • • 1 Location/grid Time Message Distance To change the aggregation ('binning') mode: From the Tools menu.

then Create a New Filter.Queries are created and edited from the Tools menu. Set the filter operation to 'Less than ( < )'. Set the threshold to '-20'. 162 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . 1 From the Workspace Explorer. Enter 'Poor Quality' as the name of the filter. Filter queries Binned queries Histogram queries Statistical queries Crosstab queries Event queries Perform logical and arithmetic operators Save queries to a default Workspace Apply filters to queries You can also: 2 3 4 5 The Filter Wizard opens. Click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select 'iDEN > DownLink Measurements > ServSQE'. You can create these query types: • • • • • • • • • Create a filter This query is designed to filter poor quality in iDEN data. right-click on a data stream and select Filter. Analysis Manager option.

6 Click OK to close the Wizard. you will see this dialog: 7 Click Yes. If you already have a filter applied to the stream. Actix A Solutions User Guide Analyzing data with Actix Solutions 163 . just by clicking on them. Any other data display windows update to show the areas with poor quality. You can turn off this and any other filters from the Workspace Explorer.

164 Analyzing data with Actix Solutions Actix A Solutions User Guide . Other fields Binding particular field types or setting default values is not strictly necessary for this field. Required fields These must be either bound to a particular type or have a default value set. but you cannot set a default value.Key fields You must select a field type for this field.

A workspace contains the layout of all windows plus all loaded data files and all defined items such as reports and queries. but you can load a previously saved workspace. When you start your Actix Solution. together with the Workspace Explorer (see page 166). Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 165 .Workspaces About workspaces The workspace constitutes all data display windows within the Actix application window. you start with an empty workspace.

with data streams produced for each logging device. Click on the plus and minus signs in front of an object to open and close that part of the tree. and data groups. sets and attributes displayed at lower levels: You can view stream messages in the Message Browser window by right-clicking on them and selecting Display Message Browser from the pop-up menu. You can open option menus for most objects in the Workspace Explorer.About the Workspace Explorer The Workspace Explorer window—on the left of the application window—graphically displays all loaded data files and the data contained within each file. 166 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . This provides help on attributes as they are selected in the Workspace Explorer. The logical groupings in the tree-view layout let you drill down to all logged data held under the Loaded Data Files section. The example on the right also shows the Attribute Help window docked underneath. Loaded files are at the highest level. Opening a branch displays any objects at a lower level in the structure.

you can use the mouse to drag and drop the attribute from the Workspace Explorer onto a data display window. This window can be a map. spreadsheet or table. and can also be opened by right-clicking on an attribute and selecting an option (see Show a menu of attribute options on page 173).Although the Workspace Explorer looks similar to the Microsoft Windows Explorer. the structure shown under a log file is a logical display of data—there is no corresponding set of files or folders on your hard drive. Once you have found the appropriate data attribute. Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 167 . chart.

In the example below. The Replay Control (see Use the Replay Control on page 174) allows you to do this. an Abis file) with drive test data. Maps. You can also produce artificial data streams by merging data files together. the equivalent point is displayed in each open window. At the bottom of the Workspace Explorer window are two tabs. All and Favorites. so that if you click on a data point. charts. You can also superstream PCM Link data (for example. message or row of data.When examining the data from a drive test. a drive test and a call trace file have been superstreamed so that uplink data can be displayed on a map. you may want to step through each data point in sequence. tables and the Message Browser are synchronized. 168 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . This process is called ‘superstreaming’.

The All tab shows all items displayed in the Workspace Explorer. to produce a single value. with Time binning based on one-second intervals. charts and reports Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 169 . You can also right-click on the attribute to open a pop-up command list. All values are sorted into onesecond ‘bins’. The appropriate operation for each data attribute is automatically used. An averaging operation is then performed on the data collected in each bin. From this list you can select various display options for the attribute. The Favorites tab shows only certain user-defined attributes. You may find this useful if you only regularly use a few particular attributes. This operation may be a simple Mean or one of a number of other operations such as Mode or Minimum value. Initially the data to be binned is partitioned according to a user-defined criterion. The net result of this process is a data set comprising values averaged from the original set of data values and it is this data set that is viewed on graphs. selected by right-clicking on an attribute and selecting Add To Favorites. See also View an attribute in a data window (see page 21) View a data stream in the Message Browser (see page 174) About binning data Binning is a method of grouping and averaging the data loaded from a log file. This binning criterion can be specified in terms of: • • • • Time geographic Location Distance traveled Message number For example. data values are sorted according to the time at which they were logged.

Since planning tools handle data in geographic bins. This is often done as part of a validation process by RF Planning departments. select Preferences. This opens the Preferences dialog. Selected attributes appear in the Favorites tab: 170 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide .One example of an application of binning is the export of CW scanning data into a propagation prediction tool. Use workspaces To… Create a new workspace Open an existing workspace Save a workspace Do this… Select File | New Workspace Select File | Open Workspace Select File | Save Workspace As… Select File | Save Workspace All loaded data files and positions of all data display windows—such as maps and charts—and their contents. The Location binning mode is ideal for this task. To set the default binning settings for the workspace. Add an attribute to the Favorites tab Right-click on an attribute and select Add To Favorites. from the Tools menu. it can be useful to convert the CW data into bins of the correct size before exporting.

Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 171 . 2 Select the delimiters to separate the data fields. The Data Preview pane shows the raw data. If an Import Configuration was saved from a previous text import. Appropriate formatting and binning options will be selected where possible. select Import Text File to open the Text File Import Wizard. The name of the data file now appears in the Workspace Explorer window under Loaded Data Files. 1 Select the name of the text file to import. If appropriate. You can now click on and open out the file’s data structure. select First line contains attribute names to automatically name each data column. enter the appropriate information and click Next to proceed. select Open Logfile . you have the option to use it for this import. Import a text file From the File menu.Open a data file • From the File menu. with lines indicating how the data will be separated. For each step of the Wizard.

3 If you did not select the 'First line' option. Used for attributes where values are reported infrequently. averages the result. then converts this average linear value back to a log value. Returns the average value. 172 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . Returns the most frequent value. Returns the highest value. Bin operation Count Mean Linear Mean GSM RxQual Max Most Most Hold Does this for each bin… Returns the number of values. and click Finish to complete the import. As Linear Mean. but used for RxQual values ranging from 0-7. click on each data field and enter an Attribute name or select on from the attribute picker (shown below). Converts log values to linear values. The text file is displayed in the Workspace Explorer just like any other data file. save the Import Configuration defined in this Wizard. You can also change the default formatting and binning options. As Most but retains the last value. 4 If desired.

Underneath the top section of the dialog is a tabbed section containing icons for each report within the analysis. Print the report or open it in Excel by clicking Show Excel Report. From the Analysis menu. regardless of suitability for the selected data. select an appropriate analysis. 3 Double-click a report icon to open a report window on the selected data. The All tab shows all available reports for the analysis. The Application Pack dialog opens to show network information with related information derived from the logfile data. 1 Show a menu of attribute options • From the Workspace Explorer. The Suggested tab shows all reports appropriate to the currently selected network elements. which allows you to run one or more pre-configured analysis reports. you can select an analysis type. 4 From here you can Save the report as a web (*htm) page. Potential problem areas are highlighted in red. This menu lists all the options that you can perform involving this attribute. This narrows down the data to be included in a report (useful for A/Abis files or any large files). Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 173 .Run an analysis on the data Once you have loaded a logfile. right-click on an attribute to show a pop-up menu. 2 Select one or more 'problem' network elements from this view.

View a data stream in the Message Browser 1 From the Workspace Explorer. right-click on the data stream to display a pop-up menu. right-click on the attribute to open a pop-up menu. A bar at the bottom of the dialog shows the current position within the file. 2 3 Use the Replay Control 1 2 3 From the Workspace Explorer. select the stream name. select Display Replay to open the Replay Control dialog. 174 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . you can also drag an attribute from the Workspace Explorer and drop it onto an existing data window. or at a selectable speed through the data. Select one of the Display options. If a chart window is already open. Click on the buttons to move forwards and backwards by one data point at a time. From the Tools menu.View an attribute in a data window 1 From the Workspace Explorer. The attribute now appears in a new data window of the selected type.

View the results of a query 1 From the Workspace Explorer window’s Queries heading.2 Select Display Message Browser. Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 175 . select the appropriate query. The data stream now appears in the Message Browser window.

For each step of the Wizard. Output unit type – check to include the unit type in the header. enter the appropriate information and click Next to proceed. Wizard Step 1—select the data stream that you want to export data from. Wizard Step 3—specify the export format using the options provided: Data Process Method – choose whether or not to use the current binning settings on the data before it is exported.2 Right-click on the query to display the pop-up option menu. select Export as Text to open the Export Wizard. 176 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . Export time as absolute time – check to force time attribute data to be exported in absolute time in the format ‘hh:mm:ss dd-mm-yyyy’. Export data to a file You may want to export data to a file. Write column heading as first line – check to generate a header containing the names of all the attributes. 1 2 From the File menu. 3 Select the desired choice from the menu. Hold last valid value – check to cause the last valid data value that was exported to be re-exported when an invalid value is encountered. when exporting the time attribute the time data is exported in relative time. By default. Wizard Step 2—select one or more data attributes that are to be exported. Delimiter Type – select how you want each data item to be separated.

as shown in this example of superstreaming GSM drive test and call-trace data streams: 2 3 4 5 Time Offsets – select this to apply a shift to the time value for one of the streams. choose attributes that represent the same measurement on the uplink and downlink. select Create Superstream to open the Superstreaming dialog. Select the Merge Method settings: Use timestamps – this uses timestamp data within each stream to synchronize the data.3 Export to File – enter the location and the name of the output file. Check each data stream that you want to combine as a superstream. Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 177 . To achieve a strong correlation. Merge data streams 1 From the Tools menu. This dialog shows all currently available data streams. This is a good option for superstreaming mobile and land-based log files collected using speech quality equipment. Correlated Parameters – use specified data attributes to correlate the data streams. Click Settings to expand the dialog. Click OK to start the superstreaming. Click Finish to write the text file using the specified format.

you may find that the most of the data in these files is not relevant to your requirements. Load Time queries allow you to only load the data that you need for your analyses. for example from A. 6 Select the appropriate PCM-Link stream(s). Either: • • Import the Load Time queries Set existing queries to be Load Time queries Once you have selected one or more Load Time queries. Abis Call Analysis).SUPERSTREAM PCM LINK AND DRIVE TEST DATA PCM Link data. 1 Use Load Time Queries When using 'PCM link' data from—for example—A/Abis or Gb logfiles. tables. 3 Now Open the PCM Link file and the drive test file to be superstreamed. 4 From the Tools menu. 5 Select the appropriate Drive Test stream(s). all subsequently loaded data files will be processed by the 178 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . From the Tools menu. This allows the GPS coordinates from the drive test to be matched to the uplink information. To select one or more Load Time queries Ensure that under Tools | Preferences. Load Mode is set to 'Minimal'. select Superstream PCMLink/DT to open the PCM-Link/Drive Test Superstreaming dialog. 8 Click OK to begin the Superstreaming process. 7 Select the appropriate Search Method settings for synchronizing the data streams. Abis or Gb logfiles can be combined with drive test data collected simultaneously. so the uplink information or the difference between uplink and downlink information can then be plotted on a map. When the process is complete. analysis reports) may be used to examine the data. 2 Select an appropriate Load Time Query (e. the superstream is displayed in the Workspace Explorer.g. and the normal data displays (maps. charts. select Choose Scenario to open the Attach Load Time Queries dialog.

This is useful in situations where the network element data is liable to be updated frequently. The information from this cellrefs file takes effect from the next time a new workspace is created. which is imported automatically in future when the system determines that the file has been updated. This file must be in the Actix 'cellrefs' format. and you can analyze the data just like normal data attributes.queries. Preferences dialog Setting CellRefs File Location Notes Specifies the text file containing network element data. Saves the current workspace as an . Discards the current workspace for a specified workspace. Specifies the template to be used for the automatic network element data import.txt file. and instead automatically import a new file using an import template (both specified below). Note that each Automatic Import will overwrite your existing cellrefs. Specifies the text file containing network element data. Loads a specified logfile. Workspace toolbar reference This control New Workspace Open Workspace Save Workspace Open Logfile Does this… Discards the current workspace for an empty workspace. Automatic Import Input File Automatic Import Template Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 179 .xml file. The information from this file takes effect from the next time a new workspace is created. Automatic Import Enable Automatic Import Check this box to override the cellrefs file specified above. A set of default templates are provided for the main network technologies.

Drive-test data is often affected by inaccuracies in GPS navigation devices. Maximum Size The maximum number of neighbor cells allowed in the list at any one time (the default is 15). General Settings Auto Synch to Stream GPS Interpolation This takes effect from the next time a file is loaded. 180 Workspaces Actix A Solutions User Guide . the actual position of the data is automatically estimated. The end results are ‘jumps’ or gaps in the positioning of the data.WCDMA Neighbor List Reporting Range Cells from the active and monitored sets must fall within this value of the best pilot to be included in the neighbor list (the default is 5dB). These inaccuracies can be caused in various ways—often through the ‘selective availability’ artificially introduced into the system for civilian signals. but also by atmospheric conditions and operation in urban areas where the line-of-sight to GPS satellites changes very quickly. This defines the distance threshold used for ‘GPS Interpolation’. If the distance over time between consecutive points exceeds a threshold (‘Distance Units’) and GPS Interpolation is checked. Distance Units Use Small Toolbars This takes effect immediately.

this specified the duration in milliseconds of each bin size. signals are filtered out below this user-defined range. The ‘Distance’ setting defines this bin size. Location—This mode groups data into bins in a spatial grid.Time Offsets This takes effect from the next time a file is loaded. On loading a log file. Actix A Solutions User Guide Workspaces 181 . Switch or Mobile time offsets are used to shift the start time of call trace files taken in various parts of the world so that they can be viewed in other time zones properly. With local-grid co-ordinate systems such as UK NGR. Distance—The Distance bin mode combines data in bins corresponding to distance neighbor by the test mobile. all values are entered in units of meters – X being the Easting value and Y the Northing. These define the X and Y widths of each cell in the grid for the Location Binning Mode. data is combined within bins. Message—This mode combines data with respect to the timing of received messages. this specifies the bin size in units of meters from the first point in the data file. These settings take effect immediately. Map projection systems such as WGS84 will require that the grid size must be entered in units of seconds (of latitude and longitude). Location Projection X Size / Y Size Decode Settings Minimum Valid Signal Level (dBm) These values take effect from the next time a file is loaded. defined by the time stamps of sequential messages logged by the test mobile. When this mode is selected. Defines the minimum threshold for which an RSSI is valid. Time—This mode combines data in the time domain. The units of the X Size and Y Size will depend on the Projection method selected here. The ‘Location’ settings are used to define the grid. If using the ‘Message’ Binning Mode. this specifies the number of messages over which the data will be averaged. These settings are used for the Location Binning Mode. Data points are generated in increments of time. If using the ‘Distance’ Binning Mode. with the duration of each increment determined by the setting ‘Time (ms)’. and affect files that are currently loaded. Binning Binning Mode Time (ms) Distance (m) Message If using the ‘Time’ Binning Mode.

Ec/Io Threshold for Delay (dB) Scan Resolution (chips) Number of multipaths Scanner Scan Resolution Pilot Increment

Used to calculate the threshold at which multipath components are counted in the delay histograms for the Active, Candidate, Neighbor, and Remaining sets from the searcher finger data. Defines how often measurements are reported, measured in chips. Defines the number of multipaths that will be extracted and displayed in the Workspace Explorer. Defines how often scanner measurements are reported, measured in chips. Used to calculate the PN Offset (units of 64 chips) associated with the PN Phase (units of chips) data reported in the CDMA airinterface messaging. PN Offset is calculated by dividing the PILOT_PN_PHASE by 64 and then rounding to the closest integer multiple of the PN increment entered. This feature forces all PN Offsets calculated to be part of a valid PN reuse plan. Defines the maximum number of entries in the neighbor lists. When neighbor list entries in the air interface messaging exceed this threshold, an event (TooManyNeighbors) is displayed in the Workspace Explorer and a warning message is indicated in the *.warning output file. Defines when the best server pilot has dropped beneath a tolerable threshold and is considered weak. This displays an event (WeakPilotAlert) in the Workspace Explorer and in the warning file. Check the box to display the Cell Identity (CI) in hexadecimal (rather than decimal) in the Message Browser. Defines the size of a burst for Burst Error Rate calculations (time series parameter: For_FBER). The dB threshold for reporting QUALCOMM Searcher data is set to 15dB. This control is no longer used. Determines whether a multipath component may be evaluated and displayed in the Workspace Explorer. The Explorer will only display the top n multipaths, where n is the ‘Number of multipaths’.

Too Many Neighbors Threshold

Weak Ec/Io Pilot Threshold Display Cell Identity as Hex No of Frame Errors in a Burst Searcher Threshold Ec/Io Threshold (dB) Use 20ms resolution for CDMA

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This is used for PCM Link data such as A, Abis and Gb files. Select between: Minimal (default) – Only loads data produced by the currently attached Load Time Queries. Full – Loads the entire file.

PCU Abis Vendor A-interface file standard Agilent MDB Show Agilent data selection dialog

For example, Alcatel. ITU (Europe) / ANSI (USA). This setting takes effect from the next time a file is loaded. These settings take effect from the next time a file is loaded. Select No to load all data from an Agilent file. Select Yes to display the dialog when opening an Agilent file. The dialog allows selection of specific data sets rather than loading the entire file. The following controls can also be selected from the Agilent dialog: Remove intermediate files after load / Keep intermediate files in log-file folder / Keep intermediate files in selected folder Select the file location. No / Yes These settings take effect from the next time a file is loaded.

Intermediate file handling Intermediate file folder Use intermediate files if available Agilent SD5 Show Agilentspecific attributes EcIo Nth Best Sorting WCDMA Reporting Range Event1A/1B/1C (dB) Hysteresis Event1A/1B/1C (dB)

Sort by EcIo Aggregate/EcIo Max This sets the values for the WCDMA Soft Handover algorithm, as indicated in the 3GPP specifications. Add/Remove/Replace cell

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Workbooks/reports
ABOUT WORKBOOKS The Workbook window allows you to manipulate data within a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment, display the data in charts and produce management reports. Microsoft Excel must be installed for this functionality to work. If you want to quickly browse numerical data, you may find the Table functionality easier to use. A typical workbook containing attribute data will look similar to this:

To find out about how to manipulate data, see the MS Excel online help, which you can view by clicking on the help button on the toolbar. You can also display queries in a workbook in the same way as you would for an attribute. Once you have the appropriate data displayed in the workbook, you may want to add formatting, headings and so on to create a presentable report. You can then save this workbook as a workbook file or as a template file. A template may be better if you intend to reuse the same report many times in the future, using different data.

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When you open the file later, the data will be regenerated using the currently loaded data. See a CDMA example of reporting. DISPLAY DATA ATTRIBUTES IN A WORKBOOK • From the Workspace Explorer, right-click on a data attribute and select Display on Workbook. A workbook opens, displaying the appropriate data. If you already have a workbook open, you can also select the option Display on Workbook (active) to display the data on the existing MS Excel workbook.

As Microsoft Excel is a separate application, clicking on either Excel or the Actix Solution window will hide the other application. However, you can drag an attribute onto an existing workbook by dragging it onto the Excel button on the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows screen. View Series data in a workbook The bottom of the Microsoft Excel workbook shows several tabs. Check that the Series Formatted Data tab is selected. This displays in numeric form the same data that would be displayed in a Series Chart. Other related information may also be displayed—for example, time and coordinate data.

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View Histogram data in a workbook The bottom of the Microsoft Excel workbook shows several tabs. Check that the Histogram Formatted Data tab is selected. This displays in numeric form the same data that would be displayed in a Histogram Chart.

View Statistic data in a workbook The bottom of the Microsoft Excel workbook shows several tabs. Check that the Statistic Formatted Data tab is selected. This displays various statistical values related to the selected data attribute.

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SAVE A WORKBOOK/REPORT From the Microsoft Excel menu bar, select File | Save As to open the Save As dialog. 2 Enter the Name of the workbook file. 3 Select the Type to be ‘.xls’ (for a workbook) or ‘.xlt’ (for a template). 4 Select the appropriate folder in which to save the file. 5 Click OK. When you place a query in a workbook and save the workbook, the query definition is stored in the workbook. OPEN AN EXISTING WORKBOOK/REPORT 1 From the main menu bar, select Workbook | Open Workbook / Report to open the Open Workbook File dialog. 2 Select the appropriate workbook file and click OK. If you are trying to open a workbook that is already open, you will be warned that if you continue the existing workbook will be closed. The Stream Selection dialog opens, showing all data streams in the current workspace. 3 For the named data stream used in the workbook, select an equivalent source in the current workspace and click OK. 1

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Charts ABOUT CHARTS Charts provide a graphical display of statistical data. with all data now regenerated based on the current data in the stream(s). appearing in the Workspace Explorer. The chart displays the data according to the current charting mode. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 189 . Microsoft Excel opens to display the workbook. If the workspace contains a new version of a query in the workbook. Note that if you make any changes to the data—for example if you filter the data in the workspace—the workbook does not automatically update.4 Repeat step 3 for each additional data stream in the workbook. which allow you to interpret the behavior over time of performance statistics. If the workbook contains a query that is not in the current workspace. Buttons on the chart window toolbar set the charting mode. the results of the query will be regenerated within the workbook and the query will be added to the workspace. the results of the query will be regenerated and the existing query updated to the new version in the workbook.

so if you click on a data point on a chart. A chart window opens.By default. right-click on a data attribute and select Display on chart. DISPLAY DATA IN A CHART WINDOW • From the Workspace Explorer. synchronization between data windows is enabled. displaying the appropriate data: 190 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . you can see the same data point highlighted in any other open data display window.

The Y-axis is unaffected by the zoom. the same data point is highlighted. The zoom only operates in the X-axis. Start at the top left of the box and drag down to the bottom right corner of this rectangular area. If you have an open Message Browser window. The chart is now restored to its previous extents. you can also drag a data attribute onto the existing chart. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 191 . the appropriate message containing the same data point is highlighted. drag a box around the area of the chart that you want to zoom in on. If you have an open Map window displaying the same data attribute. The chart view now zooms in to this area. ZOOM THE CHART VIEW To zoom the chart view • With the mouse. This example shows two attributes displayed on one chart: VIEW DATA SYNCHRONIZED WITH THE CHART • From the Chart window toolbar. click on a position on a chart. To restore the chart view • Drag a box—the position does not matter— starting from the bottom to the top.• If you already have a chart window open.

only the last attribute displayed can be panned in both X.PAN THE CHART VIEW • Drag by moving the mouse while holding down the right mouse button. click Print TeeChart Print Preview dialog. If there is more than one attribute on the chart. The unit information on each axis moves along with the data values. PRINT THE CHART 1 From the Chart window.and Y-axes. to show the 192 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . All attributes can be panned in the X-axis. VIEW A DIFFERENT CHART TYPE From the toolbar at the top of the chart window. Note that some data is not suited to be displayed in particular chart types. select a button to display the data in that type of chart display.

Click Print. Click Properties to open the Editing dialog (also called the Chart Editor). Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 193 .2 3 EDIT THE CHART 1 Use the controls on this dialog to set how the printed page is to appear. Many controls for editing the appearance and layout of the chart are provided. spread over several tabs of the dialog.

2 Experiment with the controls to achieve a preferred appearance for the chart. EXPORT THE CHART TO OTHER APPLICATIONS 1 From the chart window. and select Chart Properties to open the Editing dialog. use the Gradient and Back Image controls to produce an attractive background Series tab • Use the Format tab to control the data series line For a full explanation of the function of each of these controls. select 3 Dimensions to produce a three-dimensional chart • From the Panel tab. Chart tab • From the 3D tab. click Help to display the TeeChart user guide. right-click to open a popup menu: 194 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .You can also right-click anywhere on the chart to open a pop-up menu.

You can then paste it into an appropriate application such as Word. This displays the TeeChart Print Preview dialog (see Print the chart on page 192). Use the controls on this dialog to set how the printed page is to appear.2 Select Image Export to open this dialog: 3 4 5 Select the appropriate format and select Save To File to open the Save As dialog. Enter a path and file name and click OK. Displays chart data as a series (see View a different chart type on page 192). Displays chart data as a histogram (see View a different chart type on page 192). Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 195 . This control Properties Series Histogram Copy Print Chart toolbar reference Does this… Opens the Editing (see Show a menu of attribute options on page 173) dialog and lets you control the display of the chart. Copies the chart to the Windows Clipboard. then click Print. Click Close to dismiss the Export dialog.

196 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . The number in brackets is the number of data points lying within that particular range. Click on the plus sign by the data series title to expand the legend. Hovering the cursor over a data point displays information on that point.Maps ABOUT MAPS Within the Map window. the main panel displays the map and any attribute data plotted on the map. The left-hand panel displays the legends for any data series on the map. Toolbars along the top of the window provide commonly used functions.

you can see the same data point highlighted in any other open data display window. There is one layer for each attribute displayed on the map window. When you select a data point on the map. Associated configurable messages display signal strength information. Each attribute is displayed with a different color. so if you click on a data point on the map. ray lines can link the point to the appropriate sector for serving and neighbor sites. You can also access legend controls by rightclicking on the legend panel. plus one layer on which you can create annotations. If you have a map containing several data attributes.You can access map controls by right-clicking on the main map panel. shape or size. you can combine the attributes to see the situation on the map more clearly. one layer for each set of imported background map objects. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 197 . Each map window can be made up of several layers. synchronization between data windows is enabled. By default.

so the shape changes from a triangle to a square. one using color and the other using shape: In the middle of the example. When satisfied with the list of displayed attributes. click OK. 198 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . click Edit Series display this dialog: to 2 3 Select any required attributes from the left panel and click Add to move them to the list of currently displayed attributes on the right.The example here shows two attributes combined. DISPLAY ATTRIBUTE DATA ON A MAP 1 From the Map's tool bar. the value of the second attribute changes.

a line is displayed on the chart to show the position of the same data point. right-click on a data attribute. A map window opens. VIEW DATA SYNCHRONIZED WITH THE MAP 1 2 From the Map window toolbar. If you have an open Message Browser window. click Pan to change the cursor to a hand shape.Alternatively: • From the Workspace Explorer. the appropriate message containing the same data point is highlighted. If you have an open Chart window displaying the same data attribute. Drag the cursor in the viewing pane to move the map around. select Display on Map. • You can also drag an attribute from the Workspace Explorer onto an existing map. displaying the appropriate data. MOVE AROUND THE MAP 1 2 From the Map window toolbar. click Select . Click on a data point to highlight it. From the pop-up menu that opens. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 199 .

These are the last four zoom settings that you specified for the current map window.ZOOM IN AND OUT 1 2 Right-click on the map to open a pop-up menu. SELECT MAP OBJECTS 1 2 Right-click on the map to open a pop-up menu. Tool menu command Select Clear 200 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Zooms out by a factor of two. Zooms so the selected layer just fills the available map window space. Select Zoom to display the options shown below (or use the equivalent toolbar buttons): Does this… Zoom menu command View Entire Map Zoom In Previous View Returns the map to the last zoom setting. Select Tool to display the options shown below (or use the equivalent toolbar buttons): Lets you… Click an individual object on the map to select it. you can define a rectangular area to zoom into by dragging the mouse to create a box. Zooms out fully. Opens a dialog that lets you specify the width in scale units and the coordinates of the center of the zoomed window. Zoom Out Zoom at Scale Zoom Selection Go to Layer Zoom1-Zoom4 Zooms using the selected zoom setting. Zooms in by a factor of two. Zooms so the selected objects just fill the available map window space. With the toolbar button selected. De-select all currently selected objects.

Tool menu command Select Box Lets you… Click on the map and drag out to form the opposite corner of a rectangular selection area. Click on the map and drag out to form a circular selection area. then Distance to alter the cursor mode. Double-click the last corner to complete the shape. by clicking on Select . Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 201 . Click several places on the map to form a many-sided selection area. Select Tools. 3 Click and drag from one point to another. The distance in current map units appears below the cursor: 4 Cancel the measuring mode by selecting another cursor mode—for example. Radius Select Polygon Select MEASURE DISTANCES ON THE MAP 1 2 Right-click over the main map pane to open the pop-up menu.

click Select or another selection tool. Click on the map to create a point on the polygon. A double-click signifies the last point in the polyline.ADD ANNOTATIONS TO THE MAP All symbols are drawn on the ‘annotations’ layer of the map. Changes the cursor to the Polygon tool. Click on any annotated text on the map to be able to edit the text. Click on the appropriate annotation(s). which is automatically connected to the first point by a line. Click anywhere on the map to place a text cursor and type in an annotation. Click on the map to create a point on the polyline. Click anywhere on the map to place a symbol. Changes the cursor to the Polyline tool. Edit Text Line Polyline Polygon REMOVE ANNOTATIONS FROM THE MAP 1 2 3 From the map toolbar. Annotation Does this… tool Symbol Text Changes the cursor to the Symbol tool. Click and drag on the map to create a line annotation. Press the Del key. Changes the cursor to the Text tool. A double-click signifies the last point on the polygon. Changes the cursor to the Line tool. 202 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

The center panel shows the existing range legend for the currently selected series. Make changes to the values in the dialog as described below. select Modify ranges to open the Range Modification dialog. ALTER THE MAP LEGEND RANGE The data series is displayed in the tree-view (Legend) panel on the right of the map window. the data appears in the map window. From the menu. Set the Method to: Uniform if each step or range is to cover an equal range of values. The data series is displayed in the tree-view panel on the right of the map window. right-click on the data series name to open a pop-up menu. the data is not displayed. right-click on the data series name to open a pop-up menu.SHOW AND HIDE MAP DATA • Click the box to check or empty it. If the check box beside the data series name is checked. CHANGE THE NUMBER OF RANGES IN THE LEGEND 1 2 3 From the left-hand Legend panel. select Modify ranges to open the Range Modification dialog. If the check box is empty. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 203 . From the menu. 1 Click the plus sign to expand the data series range information. 2 3 4 From the left-hand Legend panel.

For example: 1 204 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . right-click on the data series name to open a pop-up menu. 2 From the menu. Enter the # of Ranges. This is the number of divisions in the legend. CUSTOMIZE EACH RANGE IN THE LEGEND From the left-hand Legend panel. The number of ranges is now modified. 5 Alter the Custom Ranges Minimum and Maximum values as required. 3 Set the Method to Custom. select Modify ranges to open the Modify Ranges dialog.4 5 Equal Count if an equal number of data points is to be used for each step. The minimum and maximum range values appear in the boxes below the list. You can select 'Below’ and ‘Above’ when setting the extremes of the range. 4 Select a range row from the list. Click Recalc.

The attribute’s range is now indicated through this setting. Click OK to exit the dialog. CHANGE THE ATTRIBUTE STYLE SETTING From the Legend panel. right-click on the attribute name to open the pop-up menu.6 7 Click Add. Note that the current setting has a check mark against it. Size or Color. Remove or Update as required. 2 Select Style Setting. Here are examples of different style settings (color is the default setting): Color 1 Symbol Size Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 205 . then Symbol.

drag one attribute onto another. Which settings you change depends on which style setting you are using for this attribute. COMBINE DATA ATTRIBUTES ON THE MAP Before combining attributes. click Layers Layer Control dialog: to open the 206 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . If the Style Setting is Color. 1 Within the Legend panel. 3 Change the settings as required and click OK. If the Style Setting is Symbol. you may want to change the font Size or the Symbol used. right-click on the attribute name to open the pop-up menu. The attributes are now grouped together. you should already have all attributes to be combined visible in the Legend panel. you may want to change the Color or the Symbol used. If the Style Setting is Size. 2 Select Attribute style to open the Font dialog. CONTROL MAP LAYERS From the Map window toolbar. you may want to change the font Size or Color.CHANGE THE ATTRIBUTE FONT 1 From the Legend panel. 2 Repeat with any other attributes you want to combine.

or a tiled raster (*. You can select more that one layer by using these familiar Windows methods: . Layers are shown on top of each other on the map.You can also open this dialog from the pop-up menu option Map Layers.atr) file.tab) or Geoset (*.wor). . ADD A RASTER MAP FILE 1 2 From the map pane. 4 Click OK to close the dialog and display the new map in the Layer Control list pane. so a higher layer may hide details on a lower layer. right-click to open the pop-up menu. Select New Raster to open the Raster Image Registration dialog (see page 228). You may need to alter the position of the new layer to aid visibility. click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 5 Select the layer. 3 Select or type in the name of the file. A checkmark in each layer’s box determines: if the layer is visible if objects on it can be selected if the layer can be annotated (clearing this box ‘locks’ the Annotations layer from having any further annotations added) ADD A MAP FILE From the Map window toolbar. or. Everything inside a MapInfo Workspace will be inserted below any visible data and cellref layers. with the top layer in the list being uppermost on the map. Map (*.hold down the Ctrl key and click layers as required.hold down the Shift key and click the first and last in a consecutive series of layers.gst). 1 Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 207 . This can be a MapInfo Workspace (*. The central pane shows all layers in the current map window. You can change the order of a particular layer by selecting it in the list and then clicking the Up and Down buttons. 2 Click Add to open the Open Layer dialog. 6 Click Down until the map layer is below an existing attribute and annotation layers. and above any other layers.

After a brief pause. For details. click Display to open the Display Properties dialog. 3 OFFSET THE DATA ON THE MAP 1 2 3 4 From the Layer Control dialog. Enter the Coordinates of the four corners of the map image. see the Display Properties dialog (see page 227). Click OK to close the dialog and return to the Layer Control dialog. Set the controls as appropriate. Click OK to close the dialog and return to the Layer Control dialog. click Labels to open the Label Properties dialog.3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Browse for or specify the name of the BMP Source File. select the appropriate attribute to offset. The Offset dialog closes and the cursor changes to a cross. For details. You may now want to reposition the map layer: Click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. Set the controls as appropriate. the data is redrawn in the offset position. CONTROL ATTRIBUTE LABELS 1 2 From the Layer Control dialog. Click on the map twice to define a vector by which to offset the data. Click Offset Tool. Click Offset to open the Offset dialog. 208 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . at the bottom of the list of layers. 3 EDIT A LAYER'S DISPLAY PROPERTIES 1 2 From the Layer Control dialog. Select the Units. see the Label Properties dialog (see page 226). Select the layer and click Down until the map layer is below the other layers. Click OK to close the dialog and display the new map. Specify the Projection type.

from the Offset dialog.Alternatively. CHOOSE THE MAP PROJECTION 1 2 From the map pane. right-click to open the pop-up menu. Select Show Scale. right-click to open the pop-up menu. Select Projection to open the Choose Projection dialog: 3 CHANGE THE MAP UNITS 1 2 DISPLAY THE MAP SCALE 1 2 Select the appropriate projection and click OK to close the dialog. or if you select more than one attribute in the Layer Control dialog . right-click to open the pop-up menu. From the map pane. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 209 . Select Map Units. This method is useful if you want to reset the offset to zero (enter 0 for each offset distance). From the map pane. then the appropriate units. then Distance or Area.each subsequent layer is automatically offset by the same amount. and click OK. enter the X and Y distances (in map units) by which to reposition the selected attribute data.

1 Select Tools | Preferences to open the Preferences dialog.txt file (you may have edited and saved a network information file under a different name from the Network Editor). DISPLAY CELL SITES ON THE MAP You will have to start a new workspace during this procedure. Select Show Lat/Lon. you should already be able to see network information on a map. 4 Load your data file(s) and display an attribute on a map. you will be prompted to restart. 210 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . 2 Under CellRefs. If you have selected a cellrefs file. you may wish to change the display configuration. click on File Location and ensure that you have specified a cellrefs. 3 After the network information is loaded. right-click to open the pop-up menu. However.DISPLAY THE CURSOR LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE 1 2 From the map pane.

DISPLAY LINES TO CELLS This setting draws a line from the selected data point to its neighbor or serving cell site sectors. click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 1 From the map window. The list of layers in the Layer Control dialog should look similar to this: Ensure that the layer has a check in the 'visible' column. For example GSM_Cell. The example below shows lines to both neighbor and serving cell site sectors: You must already have specified a cellrefs file (see Display cell sites on the map on page 210). Size=none.5 6 7 From the map window toolbar. Color=BCCH. Configure the settings as appropriate for the cell definition. Click OK to accept the settings. 2 The list of layers in the Layer Control dialog should look similar to this: Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 211 . click Cell Sites to open the Sites/Cell Properties dialog. You can use the Network Data Settings tab to display all other network information on the map.

If you cannot see any lines to cells when you select a data point. but use carefully as this can increase map clutter. check that the ‘Lines to neighbor cells’ or the ‘Lines to serving cells’ layers are above any potentially obscuring map layers. 212 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . as shown in the Legend panel. Label lines with – In some cases you may want the lines to be labeled with an attribute. Color lines with – This uses the selected attribute’s colors corresponding to its data range. Some useful attributes to use are: CDMA PN_1stBestEcIo GSM ServBCCH IS-136 FACCH_CurChannel 6 Click OK to close the dialogs. Technology – Ensure that the technology of your network is selected.3 4 Select the ‘Lines to neighbor cells’ layer or the ‘Lines to serving cells’ layer. 5 Make the appropriate selections: Selection – Only data points chosen with the Select (see Select map objects on page 200) tools will show lines to neighbor or serving cells. Click Lines to open the Line layer properties dialog. All datapoints – Every data point will show a line to its neighbor or serving cells.

click Print open the Print Setup dialog. 3 Click OK to send the map to the printer.PRINT A MAP To print a map 1 From the map windows toolbars. to to Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 213 . click Layout open the Map Layout Designer window. 2 Ensure that the settings are appropriate. To examine the layout of the map before printing 1 From the map windows toolbars.

then click outside the label box. COPY A MAP TO THE CLIPBOARD 1 From the main map window. cell site sectors may appear as the letter 'b'. paper orientation and margins Move the label. Click on a corner box and drag it out. depending on your version of Windows and your printer type). Click on Properties settings. Click on the object and drag it to the new position. right-click to display the pop-up menu: 2 3 Select Copy to Clipboard. headers and footers. then from the next dialog click 'Properties'. Configure the layout as desired.To Alter the label text Change the label font and size Change the paper size. On the output page. click 'Printer'. To fix this problem. You can now paste the map into any other active Windows application. Click Print to open the standard Windows Print dialog. Click Print Preview . from the Page Setup dialog. switch the option from 'Use font substitution' to 'Always send fonts to printer' (or similar settings. 214 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . map legend or the map itself Resize the label and map legend boxes. and change the Click on Page Settings (see Page Setup dialog on page 220) and change the settings. or change the legend font size Check the appearance of the page before printing 2 3 Do this Double-click on the label and type in the new text. The map legend text will resize to fit the text box. In the Fonts section.

then Bitmap or Windows Metafile to open the Export Legend as Image dialog. See also Export the legend as a bitmap (see Preferences dialog on page 179) Export layers as TAB files (see Export layers as TAB files on page 216) EXPORT THE LEGEND AS A BITMAP 1 From the legend pane.EXPORT A MAP AS A BITMAP 1 2 From the main map window. Select Export Map. specify the File name and path and click OK. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 215 . 3 Enter the File name and location and click OK. then the bitmap format in which to export the map: 3 From the Export Map as Image dialog. 2 Select Export to File. right-click to open the pop-up menu. right-click on an object to open the pop-up menu.

ID and DAT files are created in the specified folder. How do I display network graphics on the map? Click Cell Sites .) How do I load a bitmap into a map? Click Layers and Add the bitmap as a new layer. MAP. TROUBLESHOOTING MAPS How do I display a map background? Click Layers to open the Layer Control dialog. 4 Click OK.EXPORT LAYERS AS TAB FILES 1 From the Layer Control dialog. From the Network Data Settings tab. The appropriate TAB. 3 Select the Destination folder. Add a map file as a new layer. select appropriate settings for cells and other network objects. Ensure that the map layer’s visibility box contains a check mark: If there is no map layer. click Export to open the Export to TAB dialog: 2 Select the layer(s) to export. (You must already have specified a cellrefs file – see Display cell sites on the map on page 210. 216 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

You can see on the map which cell was serving each point along the route. 1 From the Map Layers dialog. but set the color to be the ServBCCH (or appropriate) value and click OK. make sure the appropriate lines to cells layer is visible and above other map layers that may obscure it. The color corresponds to the measured BCCH. 2 Click on the Lines button and select All datapoints along with your appropriate technology. How do I display cell coverage for all cells on the map? You can see clearly on the map if there are any areas throughout your drive test route where the serving cell hands over to an undesired sector. How do I display more information about my cells on the map? Once your cellsite database (cellrefs file) has been imported into your Actix Solution. click the Lines button. and with the sector coloring set to BCCH. See also Display lines to cells on page 211. If you still can't see lines to cells. by enabling all of the lines to cells throughout the whole of the map trace. 3 You can now choose to label or color the lines with one of the suggested attributes.How do I display cell sites on the map? See Display cell sites on the map (see page 210). selecting Independent > Site Data Node and selecting another attribute. For example. or by selecting the attribute picker (right-pointing arrow button). Simply open the Map Layers dialog and select the layer Lines to serving cells. 4 Close the Layers dialog. 2 Choose your current technology. How do I display lines to cells? See Display lines to cells on page 211. it becomes clear which sector on the site is the server. you can display the distance or the SectorID of any cells you 1 Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 217 . 3 Leave the Labels setting blank. you can display more information about your cells on the map by enabling the 'lines to cells' layers.

1 When you have imported your cellsite database (cellrefs file). 3 Ensure that the upper layer follows the lower layer in the cellrefs file. Your sectors will now be colored according to the Location Area they are in. the default settings for the Sector layer is Beamwidth = Symbol. and BCCH = Color. With the map open. Now expand LAC and set the Style to Color. How can I view sector azimuths? • Set very narrow beamwidth values (5 degrees or less) to see lines in the direction of sector azimuths.are currently served by. click on the Cellsite button. set a false. How can I display the LAC distribution of my cell sites? It is possible to see the LAC distribution for your network by changing the coloring for each sector on the map. for example EIRP. 218 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . See also Display lines to cells on page 211. It will display all column names insider your imported cell database. narrower beamwidth value so that the sectors do not obscure sectors on the lower layer. Expand BCCH and set the Style to None. 2 Set the cell size to be determined by another cellrefs field. have as a neighbor or are in a handoff state between. Click OK. 2 3 4 5 How can I view multi-layer or multi-technology cells? 1 For the upper layer.

there are often multiple data points at the same pixel location. This has some impact on data synchronization. Sometimes this is because the latitude and longitude values are identical. multiple rows may synchronize to the same point in the map. with subsequent data points being ignored. As you select different rows in the table. In both these cases. only the first data point corresponding to each pixel is displayed. Sometimes it is because the difference in latitude and longitude is so small that the points are in the same screen pixel. On the other hand. the table always synchronizes to the first associated row.How can I correct the displayed lines to cells? In the map. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 219 . if you select that point on the map.

Then select a point in one map. MAP DIALOG REFERENCE Page Setup dialog This dialog opens when you click Page Settings from the Map Layout Designer window: 220 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . To ensure matching lines to cells. You may find that lines to cells are different. This has some potentially confusing symptoms. you will find that the lines displayed are sensitive to the zoom level and the attributes being displayed. This is because the lines are based at different bins. causing the other map to synchronize. although they are at the same pixel. zoom in and use location binning so that there is never more than one bin per pixel.Since lines to cells are based on the bin corresponding to the drawn point rather than the original bin. Open two maps at different zoom levels.

Type this &w &u &d &D &t &T &p &P && &b &b&b To print this Window title Page address (URL) Date in short format (as specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel) Date in long format (as specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel) Time in the format specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel Time in 24-hour format Current page number Total number of pages A single ampersand (&) The text immediately following these characters as centered The text after the first ‘&b’ as centered. To print specific information as part of the header or footer. or footer text that will appear at the bottom of the page. include the following characters as part of the text. the text after the second ‘&b’ as right-justified Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 221 .Headers and Footers Provides a space for you to type header text that will appear at the top of the page.

Print Setup dialog This dialog opens when you click Print from a map window: Options opens the Print Map dialog. 222 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

Print Map dialog This dialog opens when you click Options from the Print Setup dialog: Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 223 .

Properties dialog This dialog opens when you click Properties from the Map Layout Designer window: 224 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

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Min Zoom 226 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . in the current map units. Set the formatted field to use as the label displayed. A zoom level is the width of the map area displayed. Check the box to show labels on the map (which are otherwise hidden). depending on the layer selected in the Layer Control dialog. Check the box to allow labels to overlap. Check the box to display labels only within the maximum and minimum zoom levels.Label Properties dialog This dialog opens when you click Labels from the Layer Control dialog: To use Data Field Formatted Field Show Allow overlapped text Hide adjacent duplicate text Display within range Do this Select the data field to be displayed as the label. Set the lowest zoom level at which labels will be displayed. Uncheck the box to allow the same text to appear for adjacent data points.

To use Max Zoom Max # of labels Label Style Position Label X/Y offset (points) Label Style Do this Set the highest zoom level at which labels will be displayed. To use Override Style Do this Check the box to override the default map style with the settings accessed through Layer Style. The offset is measured in points (as used for fonts). Set the offset of the label in the X or Y direction. Display Properties dialog This dialog opens when you click Display from the Layer Control dialog: This dialog controls the display of layers. Defines the appearance of the label. Set the maximum number of labels that can be shown on the map. Set the font style for the label. Select the position of the label relative to the data point. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 227 .

in the current map units. The controls in this dialog will depend on the type of layer selected in the Layer Control dialog.To use Layer Style Do this Set the style for the selected layer. Set the lowest zoom level at which layers will be displayed. Click to select from a drop down list of unit types appropriate to the selected Projection type. Units 228 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . A zoom level is the width of the map area displayed. Display within range Min Zoom Max Zoom Raster Image Registration dialog This dialog opens when you select the New Raster option from the map window's right-click popup menu: To use BMP Source File Coordinates Do this Type in or Browse for the name and location of the *. Each coordinate defines the position of one corner of the map image. Set the highest zoom level at which layers will be displayed. Check the box to display layers only within the maximum and minimum zoom levels. Make sure these coordinates are sensible.bmp file to use as the map image. given the Projection type and the Units selected.

or use the Area Select (see Area Select toolbar reference on page 230) tools. Opens the Map Layout Designer window for configuring the printed output. Zooms in by a factor of two. Toggles the Area Select (see Area Select toolbar reference on page 230) toolbar on or off. These define how to convert global positional data to a flat ‘projection’ of that position. so you can easily add or remove data series to the map display. which lets you drag the map as required. Zoom In Zoom Out Pan Layers Legend Area Select Annotations Layout Print Cell Sites Edit Series Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 229 . Opens the Layer Control dialog. Zooms out by a factor of two. MAP TOOLBAR REFERENCE This control Select Does this Lets you select individual data points on the map. Opens the Sites/Cell Properties dialog. Opens the Edit Series dialog. Sends the current map to the printer. Toggles the Legend panel on or off. Changes the cursor to the Pan tool.To use Projection Do this Click to select from a drop-down list of projection types. Toggles the Annotations (see Annotations toolbar reference on page 230) toolbar on or off. You can also hold down the Ctrl key to select more than one data point.

All points inside the area are selected. Changes the cursor to the Line tool. All points inside the area are selected. Changes the cursor to the Polyline tool. 230 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Click on the map to create a point on the polyline. Click on the map to create a point on the polygon. Click anywhere on the map to place a text cursor and type in an annotation. Changes the cursor to the Text tool. A double-click signifies the last point in the polyline. Radius Select Changes the cursor to the Radius Select tool. centered at the start of the drag and with a radius defined by the distance of the cursor from the start of the drag.Annotations toolbar reference This control Symbol Does this Changes the cursor to the Symbol tool. Drag the cursor to create a circular selection area. which is automatically connected to the first point by a line. Click and drag on the map to create a line annotation. and the opposite corner defined by the end of the drag. Drag the cursor to create a rectangular selection area. Wipes the annotation layer clear of all annotations. Text Edit Text Line Polyline Polygon Clear Area Select toolbar reference This control Does this Select Box Changes the cursor to the Select Box tool. Click on any annotated text on the map to be able to edit the text. Changes the cursor to the Polygon tool. Click anywhere on the map to place a symbol. with one corner defined by the start of the drag. A double-click signifies the last point on the polygon.

All points inside the area are selected. When the cell layer is the uppermost layer in the map. from the View menu.This control Polygon Select Does this Changes the cursor to the Polygon Select tool. Changes the current zoom setting for the map layout. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 231 . SiteData Viewer The SiteData Viewer lets you view information on a site/cell selected from the Map. Initially. Opens the Properties dialog (see page 224). The following screen shot demonstrates the act of clicking on a cell and having the SiteData Viewer show details of the selected cell. Each click draws a new line segment of the selection area. Repeats the effect of a previously undone action. Cancels the effect of the last action. Opens the Print Preview window. but once you select a cell on the map. Opens the Page Setup dialog (see page 220). a blank grid appears. A double click near an existing line segment closes the selection area. its parent and its siblings in the SiteData Viewer. To activate the SiteData Viewer. select SiteData Viewer. Map Layout Designer toolbar reference This control Print Print Preview Page Settings Zoom Properties Undo Redo Does this Opens the Print Setup dialog. the grid is populated with information about the selected cell. clicking on any of the cells will display the details of the cell.

232 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . including data on any additional user-defined columns.The SiteData Viewer displays all information from the cellrefs file for the selected cell/site.

FILTERING DATA If you right-click anywhere in the SiteData Viewer window. a pop up menu appears. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 233 . Select the Information Filter menu item to open this dialog box: From this dialog you can select which data items can be viewed.

This provides a quick view of the series data for the selected attribute. If you want to manipulate. 234 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Check that the Series tab is selected. VIEW SERIES DATA IN A TABLE The bottom of the Table window shows several tabs. displaying the appropriate data.Tables ABOUT TABLES Tables provide a quick and simple view of numeric data for a selected attribute. chart or print out the data. right-click on a data attribute and select Display on Table. A table opens. use the Workbook feature instead. DISPLAY DATA ATTRIBUTES IN A TABLE • From the Workspace Explorer.

VIEW STATISTICS DATA IN A TABLE The bottom of the Table window shows several tabs. Check that the Histogram tab is selected.VIEW HISTOGRAM DATA IN A TABLE The bottom of the Table window shows several tabs. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 235 . Check that the Statistics tab is selected. This provides a quick view of the statistics for the selected attribute’s data. This provides a quick view of the histogram data for the selected attribute.

Message Browser ABOUT THE MESSAGE BROWSER The Message Browser displays the Layer 3 and Abis messaging in a log file: DISPLAY DATA IN THE MESSAGE BROWSER 1 From the Workspace Explorer window. right-click on the stream name (one level below the logfile) to display the pop-up menu. 2 Select Display Message Browser to open the Message Browser window. 236 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

To synchronize the Message panel to the workspace • From the Message Browser toolbar. map or chart point. To synchronize the Event panel to the workspace • From the Message Browser toolbar. the related data is highlighted in each open data window. click Sync Msgs. so that the same data is highlighted in any open data window. The button should now appear like this: If you now select an event. map or chart point. click Sync Events. The button should now appear like this: If you now select a message.SYNCHRONIZE WITH THE WORKSPACE You can independently synchronize the Event and Message panels to the workspace. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 237 . the related data is highlighted in each open data window.

238 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . You can also use F2 to move to the next bookmark. The message marker now changes color to indicate that the message has been bookmarked: Repeat these steps on a bookmarked message to remove the bookmark. SET AND REMOVE BOOKMARKS 3 From the Message panel of the Message Browser. click Next . the position changes to that of the next bookmarked message in the log file. You can also use Ctrl+F2 to toggle a bookmark on and off. The message now appears highlighted with a red marker: 2 4 Click Toggle . MOVE BETWEEN BOOKMARKS To move to the next bookmark • From the Message Browser toolbar. type in the text you want to find in the log file. click on the message you want to bookmark. click Stop Find .FIND TEXT IN THE MESSAGE BROWSER 1 From the Message Browser toolbar. click Find Prev . or select from the drop-down list of previous text searches. Click Find Next . The Messages panel moves to the next message down in the log file that contains the search text. To search from the current position in the log file back towards the start of the file. • To cancel a text search. In the Message panel.

these are all checked and so are displayed in the Message panel. the position changes to that of the next bookmarked message in the log file. By default. You can also use Ctrl+Shift+F2 to move to the next bookmark. The Properties dialog opens. REMOVE ALL BOOKMARKS • From the Message Browser toolbar.To move to the previous bookmark • From the Message Browser toolbar. click Clear . 2 If it is not already selected. click on the Message Filtering tab: The tab shows a selection box for each type of message used in the log file. click Properties . Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 239 . click Previous . All bookmarks in the log file are now removed. Filter messages in the Message Browser 1 From the Message Browser toolbar. You can also use Shift+F2 to move to the previous bookmark. In the Message panel.

scroll down and click on the last message in the selection while holding down the Shift key. click on the Message Format tab: 2 The Message Format tab displays controls appropriate to the log file type. Export messages to the clipboard 1 From the Message panel of the Message Browser. select the appropriate message. If it is not already selected. click to put a check mark in the related box. 3 4 Set the controls as required. 4 Click OK to accept the settings. click Properties . • To select a sequence of messages. To show a previously hidden message type.3 To stop a specific message type from being shown in the Message panel. The Properties dialog opens. 240 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Click OK to accept the settings. FORMAT MESSAGES IN THE MESSAGE BROWSER 1 From the Message Browser toolbar. click to clear the related box. click on the first message.

or select from the drop-down list of previous text searches. Halts the text search process. map or chart point. Find Next Finds the next matching text string in the message information (searching towards the end of the logfile). Moves to the position of the next bookmark in the logfile. Sync Msgs Find Prev Stop Find Properties Toggle Next Prev Clear Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 241 . Right-click on the selection to display a pop-up menu. MESSAGE BROWSER TOOLBAR REFERENCE This control Sync Events Does this… Highlights the related data in each open data window. Highlights the related data in each open data window. Finds the previous matching text string in the message information (searching back towards the beginning of the logfile). map or chart point. if you select an event. Select Copy. Clears all bookmarks in the logfile. Opens the Message Browser Properties dialog.• 2 3 To select more than one message. if you select a message. Toggles bookmarks on and off. Moves to the position of the previous bookmark in the logfile. The message is now in the Windows Clipboard and can be copied into any Windows application. You can type in the text. Searches the log file for matches to the text in this box. hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual messages.

1 From the View menu. From the Tools menu. 2 Alternatively. rightclick on the stream name and select Display Protocol Stack Browser. Load Mode is set to 'Full'. The Protocol Stack Browser window opens: 242 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .Protocol Stack Browser USING THE PROTOCOL STACK BROWSER The Protocol Stack Browser allows you to examine messaging by protocol. under PCM Link. select Protocol Stack and then select the appropriate message type. from the Workspace Explorer. select Preferences and ensure that.

number sign (#). character lists. in any combination.The stream selector at the top of the window allows you to switch between different loaded streams. including digits. Click Find Next to find the next message down in the file from your current location. For example. The search facility lets you use wildcard characters. and ensure that under PCM Link. If you do not intend to continue using the Protocol Stack Browser. charlist can specify a range of characters. enclose them in brackets. question mark (?). and Find Prev to go back up the file to find the previous matching message. You can also use the Sync Msgs button to synchronize the display with chart windows and with the Message Browser window to provide a better understanding of the data. SEARCHING IN THE PROTOCOL STACK BROWSER The Protocol Stack Browser includes a text search feature that locates messages containing the text string you type in. [A-Z] results in a match if the corresponding character position in string contains any Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 243 . Note To match the special characters left bracket ([). Zero or more characters. The right bracket (]) cannot be used within a group to match itself. A group of one or more characters (charlist) enclosed in brackets ([ ]) can be used to match any single character in string and can include almost any character code. while the bottom panel shows the full decode for the currently selected message. Any single character in charlist. select Preferences. Load Mode is set to 'Minimal'. By using a hyphen (–) to separate the upper and lower bounds of the range. The upper panel shows a formatted breakdown of every message. or character ranges. to match strings: Characters Matches in string in pattern ? * # [charlist] Any single character. Any single digit (0–9). then from the Tools menu. but it can be used outside a group as an individual character. and asterisk (*).

[A-Z] is a valid pattern. in a list. a single special character in a pattern enclosed in brackets (by itself. The character sequence [] is considered a zero-length string (""). The search feature recognizes that the single special character and the two individual characters are equivalent. A hyphen (–) can appear either at the beginning (after an exclamation point if one is used) or at the end of charlist to match itself. or in a range) matches the equivalent 2-character sequence in string.uppercase letters in the range A–Z. but [Z-A] is not. An exclamation point (!) at the beginning of charlist means that a match is made if any character except the characters in charlist is found in string. Similarly. For example. When a range of characters is specified. When used outside brackets. For example. Multiple ranges are included within the brackets without delimiters. an occurrence of the single special character in either pattern or string matches the equivalent 2-character sequence in the other string. they must appear in ascending sort order (from lowest to highest). When a language that uses a special character is specified in the system locale settings. 244 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . In any other location. the exclamation point matches itself. the hyphen is used to identify a range of characters. In some languages. [!charlist] Any single character not in charlist. there are special characters in the alphabet that represent two separate characters. several languages use the character "æ" to represent the characters "a" and "e" when they appear together.

here are two different configurations of the same data: Configuration A Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 245 . For example.Statistics Explorer ABOUT THE STATISTICS EXPLORER The Statistics Explorer is a powerful data-manipulation tool that lets you rapidly pinpoint problems by displaying statistical data by network element. The Group Box allows you to rearrange the organization of the data. The Statistics Explorer’s configurable display enables multiple drill-down approaches to the problem.

Configuration B You can combine this summary data with other data held as a Network Image to build up a picture over a series of drive tests. 246 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . OPEN THE STATISTICS EXPLORER • From the View menu. rightclick on a Crosstab or Event query. select Statistics Explorer to open an empty Explorer window. from the Workspace Explorer. Alternatively.

The Statistics Explorer now displays data related to the selected query. All existing Crosstab and Event queries are shown in the Queries pane: MANIPULATE DATA IN THE STATISTICS EXPLORER To… Select a query Do this… Click on a query in the Queries pane. Click again to reverse the order. highest appearing at the top. drag a data box around to create a new data configuration: Swap data order Sort by column Click on the column heading to sort the data by the column. you must already have a query (analysis) to work with before you can use the Statistics Explorer. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 247 .CHECK FOR EXISTING QUERIES The Statistics Explorer allows you to manipulate the data resulting from a Crosstab query or an Event query. From the Group Box pane. So.

FILTER THE WORKSPACE DATA Once you have arranged the data to identify a problem area. which is applied to the Workspace Explorer and all data windows (Maps. select one or more rows and click Filter . This creates a filter based on the row(s) currently selected in Statistics Explorer. GENERATE A SUBSTREAM Once you have arranged the data to identify a problem area. Tables. select one or more rows and click Analyze . hold down the Ctrl key and click once on each appropriate row. STATISTICS EXPLORER TOOLBAR REFERENCE This control Queries Does this… Displays the Queries pane on the left of the Statistics Explorer. charts and the Message Browser. This generates a new data stream that appears in the Workspace Explorer. this is called a substream. To select multiple non-sequential rows. then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last row. You can select this stream and view it and any attributes contained within it in maps. Group Box Displays the Group Box: 248 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . You can select a sequence of rows by clicking the first row. As this stream contains a subset of data in the original stream. To select multiple non-sequential rows. Charts and so on). then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last row. hold down the Ctrl key and click once on each appropriate row. You can select a sequence of rows by clicking the first row.

StateForms USE STATEFORMS While examining data on a map. Help Find Next DataSource Selects the data source to be explored. you can also view data attributes for the same data point by using a StateForm. 1 From the View menu. Searches through and highlights data that matching the string entered in the box. click Select and select a data point. Displays the Statistics Explorer help.This control Filter Analyze Does this… Filters the Workspace based on the row selected in the Statistics Explorer. In the map window. select Display StateForms. select Forms and then the technology followed by the appropriate form: 2 Alternatively. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 249 . Generates an analysis attribute in the Workspace Explorer that you can view using maps. charts and the Message Browser. from the Tools menu.

The StateForms window now displays a variety of attributes based on the data point you selected. right-click on the StateForm window and select Stream Selector. The default GSM form looks similar to this: Advanced users can use the Design Mode of this feature to create new forms for other technologies. 250 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . This displays a drop-down menu at the top of the window from which you can select another data stream. If you have more than one stream that you want to view using the StateForm.

integrating Handset and PN Scanner data into a single view. CDMA StateTip can be used to: Display CDMA Handset data • Pilot sets information (Active. Displaying event data on the map is a particularly useful way of finding interesting locations to examine with CDMA StateTip. and selected appropriate handset and scanner data sources for the StateTip. Once you have displayed data on a map. Various observations about the data will also be displayed if the data meet particular criteria. Neighbor and Remaining) Ec/Io for each PN Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 251 . In the example shown here. you can use the Select tool to click on a data point on the map—related information is displayed within the StateTip window.CDMA StateTip ABOUT CDMA STATETIP CDMA StateTip provides you with a synchronized view on CDMA measured data. the location of the selected data point is showing signs of pilot pollution.

select CDMA StateTip. no data streams have been selected for the handset source or the scanner source.• • • • • • Frame Error Rate Mobile Transmit Power Mobile Receive Power Carrier phone is on Too Many Neighbors warning Weak Server warning Display CDMA PN Scanner data • PNs of pilots with the N largest Ec/Io values in a bin • • • • Ec/Io of PNs Delay of First Multipath Delay Spread Carrier that the scanner is currently measuring Identify common RF problems automatically • Dropped Calls • • • • • Failed Initiations Pilot Pollution Poor Pilot Coverage Neighbor List Omissions (including the omitted pilot) Remaining PNs – a list of all PNs seen by the scanner which are not in the phone’s active. When you first start StateTip. candidate or neighbor set START CDMA STATETIP • From the Tools menu. 252 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . CHANGE THE VIEW You can change the way PN Scanner data and handset data is displayed by selecting another template.

CHANGE THE SCANNER SOURCE You can change the source that is used to get scanner measurements. This is useful when multiple handsets are available (during tests of multiple frequencies. click Select Handset Device to display a list of available data streams.To change to another template 1 From the top of the StateTip dialog. click Select Another View to display a menu. 2 Click on a data stream to act as the handset source.Provides a summary of the sectors that were measured from best to worst Pilot Sets View . etc. To change the handset source 1 From the top of the StateTip dialog. This is useful when multiple scanners are available (during tests of multiple frequencies. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 253 .Provides a chart for graphical analysis of pilot data CHANGE THE HANDSET SOURCE You can change the source that is used to get handset measurements. click Select Scanner Device to display a list of available data streams. 2 Click on one of these views: TOP N Pilots View . To change the scanner source 1 From the top of the StateTip dialog. You can get a more detailed description of a stream by holding the cursor over it.). You can get a more detailed description of a stream by holding the cursor over it.Sorts the results of measurements into the appropriate Pilot set TOP N Pilots Chart . 2 Click on a data stream to act as the scanner source. and so on).

This set generates statistics from Ec/Io information that indicate the sectors causing and receiving interference. so you can minimize pollution and coverage problems. This set assists you in engineering your network's growth. It can also provide insights into the effects of modifications. and can be configured to meet the needs of your network and your organization. This can save significant optimization time as you add new sites. and as the propagation environment changes due to increased traffic. Each solution uses PN scanner data to optimize your network settings. An audit report is also provided. This solution helps to determine optimal EIRP or forward path attenuation settings.CDMA Toolkit ABOUT CDMA TOOLKIT CDMA Toolkit is a taskbar that provides a series of analyses based on best-practice network optimization techniques. 254 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . without having to affect your working network. or that have coverage problems. An audit report shows how the suggestions differ from the current configuration. Click here… About the analysis set… This set uses delay information to suggest the active and neighbor set search window sizes. This set uses Ec/Io information to generate neighbor lists for multiple sectors.

fast and easy. Search Window Analysis is capable of analyzing data collected over several weeks or longer. and poor voice quality by setting the search windows to their optimal size. In many cases. The downside of having larger than required search windows is Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 255 . based on pilot delay data collected in PN Scanner drive-test logfiles. click on this heading: You can now select one of these reports: Summary Report Audit Report Details Report When you click on the icon for a report. the drive test should thoroughly overlap the coverage area of the sector. It is important to note that the results of this analysis are only as good as the input data. failed initiations. Many of the individual steps performed by the Search Window Analysis can be performed manually. Simply select multiple streams in the device selection pop-up screen. the Search Window Analysis can perform the analysis hundreds of times faster. The search window analysis shows the minimum SRCH_WIN_A (active set search window size) and SRCH_WIN_N (neighbor set search window size) required by each sector. Select a data stream appropriate to the report type and click OK to view the report. However. About Optimize Search Windows Analysis About the Optimize Search Window analysis You can minimize the number of incidents of dropped calls. the actual search window sizes may significantly exceed the minimum required levels.OPTIMIZE SEARCH WINDOWS From the CDMA Toolkit task bar. To achieve an accurate picture of delays for a given sector from a drive-test log file. when analyzing data for multiple sectors for comprehensive drive tests. the Configure Settings dialog opens on the Data tab to display all available data streams. making tasks that were previously very difficult to perform manually. search window sizes are initially set using default values. As a result.

The maximum of the sums of the Delay to First Multipath and Delay Spread is calculated for all thresholded serving sectors. The minimum Delay to First Multipath is calculated for all remaining serving sectors (see Figure 1). the better the chance that this type of problem can be avoided. the faster it will be able to measure and report changes in pilot Ec/Io levels. This value is multiplied by 2 to allow for the double-sided nature of the search window. it is important to ensure the search window sizes are not too small. When a pilot that cannot be demodulated by the mobile becomes strong. if the mobile does not measure and add a pilot to the active set before it becomes too powerful. The maximum multipath Delay Spread of the remaining serving sectors is calculated (see Figure 1). Therefore. and is then assigned to ALL remaining serving sectors for use in determining the optimal Active Set Search Window Size. the sector is considered for further analysis.that the searcher finger in the mobile unit scans through the active. pilots may not be ‘seen’ by the mobile because the search window is too small. The searcher finger is responsible for measuring Ec/Io. In environments with rapidly rising pilot signals. the minimum Delay to First Multipath is subtracted from the Maximum of the sums of • • 256 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . which is then reported to the base station for use in determining which PNs the mobile will demodulate. If the sector’s Ec/Io is above a user-defined threshold. Lastly. The faster the searcher finger scans. the call can drop. it can cause voice quality to degrade and the call to drop. How the Search Window Analysis works The Search Window Analysis performs the following steps for each measurement bin along the drive test: • The analysis calculates the Ec/Io from all sectors serving that bin. search window sizes may be set too small. candidate. In this case. The faster the search window can search through the pilot sets. and neighbor sets slower as the size of the search window is increased. Conversely. which can then be used by the base station to appropriately add and drop pilots from the various sets.

Network element data requirements You must have a cellrefs data file configured with cell site information for this analysis to work properly.ini file has been provided which contains the SRCH_WIN_A an SRCH_WIN_N fields. To make use of actual search window settings.the Delay to First Multipath and Delay Spread. This value is stored for all thresholded pilots serving the bin. The Network Element Editor allows you to manually update individual fields of a cell. For each sector. If your organization has an automated cellrefs file generator. actual search window settings must be entered into the cellrefs data file. A sample . the recommended minimum search-window sizes are determined by calculating the maximum of the delays measured in step 2 and 3. In order to audit measured data versus actual settings. After all bins have been analyzed. this calculation simulates the mobile deriving its timing reference from the earliest arriving multipath and determines the maximum Neighbor Set search window size required by the pilots measured in the bin. first add SRCH_WIN_A and SRCH_WIN_N to your cellrefs . Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 257 . the delay measurements are aggregated by sector.ini file per the sample. This number is multiplied by 2 to allow for the fact that the search window is double-sided as follows: 2*Max{(Delay to First Multipath+Delay Spread) for all PNs}-Min{Delay to First Multipath for all } Essentially. The addition of the actual data to your cellrefs file can be completed through a number of methods. A spreadsheet tool such as Microsoft Excel can be used to manually populate the SRCH_WIN_A and SRCH_WIN_N columns. it can be enhanced to add SRCH_WIN_A and SRCH_WIN_N values.

the Configure Settings dialog opens on the Data tab to display all available data streams. Neighbor List analysis can compare measurement results with actual Neighbor Lists and recommend optimal modifications to neighbor lists. 258 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . click on this heading: You can now select from these reports: Summary Report Audit Report Details Report When you click on the icon for a report. About Optimize Neighbor Lists Analysis Neighbor List analyses lets you quickly and easily generate Neighbor Lists for multiple sectors using measured Ec/Io data from PN Scanner drive test files. or as the propagation environment changes due to increased traffic loading. the Neighbor List Analysis can save significant time in the generation of new optimal Neighbor Lists.Configure Settings (Search Windows) OPTIMIZE NEIGHBOR LISTS From the CDMA Toolkit task bar. Select a data stream appropriate to the report type and click OK to view the report. As new sites are added to mature systems.

A matrix with rows and columns consisting of all sites is used to record each time a given site is seen as the neighbor of another site (see Figure 1). The downside of including unnecessary pilots is that the searcher finger of the mobile is forced to scan through these pilots. How does it work? The Neighbor List analysis performs the following steps for each measurement bin along the drive test route: • The analysis calculates the Ec/Io from all sectors serving that bin. Neighbor lists that include too many unnecessary pilots may also cause problems. which are likely to lead to dropped calls and poor voice quality. This inability to demodulate a strong server can result in high levels of interference. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 259 . the sector is considered as a potential neighbor. The analysis ensures that all pilots of appropriate strength will be included. and that the neighbor list will be limited to those pilots likely to engage in handoff. If the sector’s Ec/Io is above a user-defined threshold. prioritized neighbor lists are generated from the site matrix (see Figure 1). it can provide recommendations for adding and deleting pilots from neighbor lists. As new sites are added to mature systems. as new sites are added to a network and as loading levels in the network grow. Because the Neighbor List analysis can compare measured neighbor lists with actual neighbor lists. The Neighbor List analysis lets you generate prioritized neighbor lists quickly for multiple cell sites. using measured Ec/Io data from PN Scanner drive test files. By virtue of the analysis. the Neighbor List Analysis lets you quickly recalculate new neighbor lists for all affected sectors. which reduces the ability of the searcher finger to measure pilots that will be used in handoff. neighbor lists are automatically symmetric. If the neighbor list for a given sector fails to include another sector with a strong Ec/Io. • After all bins have been analyzed. the mobile might not be able to demodulate the omitted sector. neighbor lists for existing and new cell sites may require modification to reflect accurately the RF environment.Why use Neighbor List analysis? Over time.

251. actual neighbor list settings must be entered into the cellrefs data file. If your organization has an automated cellrefs file generator. To make use of actual neighbor list settings.ini file has been provided which contains the ‘CDMANeighborList’ field. first add CDMANeighborList to your cellrefs .}. A sample .Network element data requirements You must have a cellrefs data file configured with cell site information for this analysis to work properly. it can be enhanced to add CDMANeighborList values.…. A spreadsheet tool such as Microsoft Excel can be used to manually populate the CDMANeighborList column. If you enter the values through a spreadsheet tool or an automated generator. the neighbor list PN values should be comma-separated and enclosed in brackets—for example {6. Configure Settings (Neighbor Lists) 260 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide .ini file per the sample. The Network Explorer allows you to manually update individual fields of a cell. In order to audit measured data versus actual settings.20. The addition of the actual data to your cellrefs file can be completed through a number of methods.

and downtilt. azimuth. Currently. Forward path attenuation is attenuation applied only to channels on the forward link of the CDMA system. and ignores power received from other CDMA channels. The analysis is based only on measured pilot data. Thus. This technique is necessary because in order to consider the impact of loading. About Evaluate Coverage Analysis The Evaluate Coverage analysis lets you quickly find the optimal settings for EIRP or forward path attenuation in CDMA networks. Therefore. click on this heading: You can now select from these options: Summary Report Evaluate Scenario When you click on this icon. Traffic channel power is a dynamic value based on the number of users in the system and their propagation path to each base station. the PN Scanner cannot measure the traffic channel power received from each sector independently. the Evaluate Coverage analysis can only model forward path attenuation modifications.EVALUATE COVERAGE From the CDMA Toolkit task bar. EIRP or forward path attenuation can be modified to mitigate pilot pollution and coverage problems that commonly occur in CDMA systems. Select a data stream appropriate to the report type and click OK to view the Summary Report or the Evaluate Scenario dialog. it is not possible to know how a forward link attenuation change at a given site Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 261 . Other techniques for mitigating pilot pollution and coverage problems include the addition of new sectors. the analysis mimics the unloaded pilot measurements that are typically performed as the first stage of cluster optimization. However. traffic channel power must be modeled. the Configure Settings dialog opens on the Data tab to display all available data streams. and modifications to antenna type. Forward path attenuation can be modified through a variety of mechanisms specific to each infrastructure vendor. Evaluate Scenario allows you to modify the conditions associated with the selected data stream and display the results in the Workspace Explorer. The analysis uses PN Scanner drive test data that provides Pilot channel received signals levels for each PN offset.

Modified. unloaded Ec/Io is calculated by dividing Ec. Unmodified. is calculated for the bin by summing Ec. Modified interference from only pilots signals. one must analyze drive test data to detect coverage and interference problems. Interference from only pilot signals. 3 4 5 6 262 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . This allows the engineer to quickly evaluate several hypothesized changes to the forward link power levels and to determine the configuration that is most likely to mitigate the problems.mod by Ipilot.will affect the received traffic channel power measured by the scanner.mod. If the effect of the change is undesirable. How does it work? The Evaluate Coverage analysis performs these steps for each measurement bin along the drive test route: 1 2 The analysis calculates the Ec/Io above a userdefined threshold from all sectors serving that bin. The Evaluate Coverage analysis can offer significant time and accuracy improvements over traditional methods. Ec. additional changes and tests are performed. Why use this analysis? Typically. and the RF configuration of both the new and existing cells must be evaluated.mod from all serving pilots. Ipilot. The Evaluate Coverage analysis drastically improves the traditional process by modeling the hypothesized changes using measured Ec/Io data from PN Scanner drive test files. Once the changes have been made.mod for each sector. unloaded Ec/Io is calculated by dividing Ec by Ipilot for each sector. is calculated for the bin by summing Ec from all serving pilots. new drive tests are performed to determine if the hypothesized changes have had the desired effect.mod for each sector is determined by applying the attenuation modifications entered by the user to the Ec measured for each sector. and then determine a hypothetical change to be made to EIRP or forward path attenuation to mitigate the problem. Ipilot. The Evaluate Coverage analysis is especially useful as new cells are added to mature systems.

The modified data is loaded into the workspace under the File name ‘Scenario’ and Stream name ‘Prediction’. 4 Click on the Analyzer button to add these datasets to the workspace.Using Evaluate Coverage 1 Click on Summary Report. consider these actions: Comment Take care not to degrade coverage for the interfering sector Take care not to cause excess interference from affected sectors Take care not to cause excess interference from the affected sector Take care not to degrade coverage for the interfering sectors Take care not to cause excess interference from affected sector Problem Sector Causes Interference Action Consider increasing Forward Link Attenuation for the interfering sector (reduces EIRP) AND/OR Consider reducing Forward Link Attenuation for the affected sectors (increases EIRP). Sector Receives Interference Consider reducing Forward Link Attenuation for the affected sector (increases EIRP) AND/OR Consider increasing Forward Link Attenuation for the interfering sector (decreases EIRP) Sector Has Poor Coverage Consider reducing Forward Link Attenuation (increases EIRP) NOTE: Check that all proposed Forward Link Attenuation modifications are within equipment limits. Based on the information presented in the Summary Coverage Report. The unmodified data is loaded into the workspace under the File name ‘Base’ and Stream name ‘Prediction’. Detailed ad-hoc analysis of the unmodified and modified unloaded Ec/Io calculations can be performed to gain further insight into the effects of attenuation. The Summary Coverage Report provides coverage and interference information for each sector. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 263 . 2 3 Indicate modifications to Forward Link Attenuation on a sector-by-sector basis as desired.

the coverage and interference statistics are summarized for the unloaded pilot data before and after the Forward Link Attenuation modifications. For each sector. Configure Settings (Coverage) 264 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . This report indicates whether the modifications generated in Step 2 have helped to reduce the problems identified in Step 1.5 Click on the Report button to generate the Delta Coverage Report.

OPTIMIZE MULTIPLE CARRIERS From the CDMA Toolkit task bar. Select a data stream appropriate to the report type and click OK to view the report. Configure Settings (Multiple Carriers) Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 265 . click on this heading: You can now select from these reports: Mobile Rx Power Delta Report Mobile Tx Power Delta Report Mobile Forward FER Delta Report Mobile Tx Gain Adjust Delta Report Ec/Io Delta Statistics Report Ec Delta Statistics Report When you click on the icon for a report. the Configure Settings dialog opens on the Data tab to display all available data streams.

Actual Missing Neighbors – the cell was not seen at all by the handset. Any cells seen by the scanner but not seen by the handset can be considered as a missing neighbor. Using a scanner (or two scanners for a dual band handset) independently of the handset to determine the strongest cells will enable the missing neighbors to be found. or a large BA list caused sampling problems in the handset. and so on. There are two types of missing neighbors: Virtual Missing Neighbors – the cell was seen and measured by the handset.GSM Missing Neighbor Analysis The neighbor list as reported by a handset is based on the list of neighbor candidates broadcast by the base station in System Information Messages (Type2 and Type3) – the BA list. The aim of the Missing Neighbor Analysis is to report strong cells not seen by a handset as a neighbor cell. This analysis is only concerned with actual missing neighbors. the cell was not in the BA list. The following image shows the options available before running the analysis: 266 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . These cells may have been missed for a variety of reasons – for example. The handset searches for the cells in the BA list. decodes their BSIC values. and reports them back to the base station. finds the 6 strongest signals. but the BSIC was not decoded.

an extra entry will be added in the Workspace Explorer tree. If checked. the MBRP is used to combine the cells in the same way that the handset would process them. it must have gone into dedicated mode. Display n Missing Neighbors – the maximum number of missing neighbors to be reported for each serving cell in the final report. for which a cell must be seen by the scanner before being reported as a missing neighbor. Threshold for Detection – the minimum signal strength that the scanner will consider. Right-clicking on this. only cells with BSICs that could be decoded by the scanner will be included in the analysis. Decode Multiband Reporting Parameter – controls how the list of cells is combined from multiple scanners when using a dual-band handset. beneath the handset node – the GSM Missing Neighbor Analysis.Duration for Detection – the minimum time. outputs the results onto an Excel spreadsheet. Actix A Solutions User Guide Viewing data 267 . RUNNING THE ANALYSIS When a file is loaded. otherwise the top 7 strongest cells are picked. irrespective of the GSM band that they come from. Decode BSIC in scanner – if checked. and selecting Display on Workbook. If the appropriate scanners are included in the file. the Actix Solution automatically determines the GSM bands used by each handset. To do this the handset must have previously reported this information to the network – that is. in seconds.

268 Viewing data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Note also that the signal level fields are average values.The following information is displayed by the analysis: • • • • • • • • • Latitude of Serving Cell Longitude of Serving Cell Serving Cell BCCH Serving Cell BSIC Serving Cell ID Serving Cell Name Serving Cell RxLevFull Serving Cell RxLevSub Multiband Reporting Parameter (depending on preferences) For each serving cell. the following information is displayed for the missing neighbors: • • • • • • Missing Neighbor ARFCN Missing Neighbor BSIC Missing Neighbor Cell ID Missing Neighbor Cell Name Missing Neighbor Occurrence Missing Neighbor RxLev These highlighted fields require the cell to be contained in the currently loaded cell sites database in the Actix Solution.

Histogram Query – Summary breakdown of an expression into histogram data with user-defined bars. use the Analysis Manager. when displayed on a map. based on an expression involving attributes and functions. Binned Query – Attributes and functions are used to create a new attribute that shows changes over time. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 269 . Event Query – Statistics triggered by a specific type of event in the logfile. Statistic Query – Summary statistics (for example mean.Querying data About the Analysis Manager Queries are a means of searching and filtering data. The Analysis Manager window's New Analysis tab displays these icons: Icon What each analysis type does Crosstab Query – Generates statistics across one or more dimensions. max. Once a query has been created. Filter Query – Removes data from the output. it appears in the Workspace Explorer window as a new data attribute under the Queries data group. Starting the Analysis Manager From the Tools menu. based on user-defined events and thresholds. min) for an expression over the logfile. chart or table. To generate and edit queries. select Analysis Manager.

Saving the active workspace also saves all queries in the Query Manager. 270 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . data previously generated by the original query name is not saved in the Workspace. If you rename a query. along with all defined filters. This makes it easy to share useful queries with other users. You can then display the query data attribute on maps.Using an existing analysis Each open data stream in the Workspace Explorer will have its own Queries data group (once Queries have been created or imported). by right-clicking on the query as you would for any other data attribute. charts or tables as appropriate. You may also Import queries from workspace files on disk into the active workspace.

except that Binned Queries use a single line expression and Custom Attributes are multi-line. This is useful for adding non-standard queries. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 271 . you should see something like this: Total Dim 1 Dim 2 Dim 2 Dim 2 Dim 1 Dim 2 Dim 2 Dim 2 Stat 1 Stat 2 Stat 3 Stat 4 Stat 5 'Dimensions' are criteria by which statistics are reported 'Statistics' are report-specific measurements extracted from the database and calculated over time and dimension(s) From the Statistics Explorer you can then manipulate the data to view it using a different dimension (or by using a pivot table in a workbook). It is useful for producing high-level overviews. especially where large data sets are used (for example. in Abis files). for example for pilot pollution or path-loss. where each vendor will have their own definition for the query. The query allows you to identify problem areas and to draw conclusions from the statistics.ABOUT QUERY TYPES About Crosstab Queries The Crosstab query is used to generate statistics across one or more dimensions. About Binned Queries The Binned query allows you to generate a new expression (as a parameter) based on existing parameters. Binned Queries are similar to Custom Attributes. When you display the results of the query in a workbook or in the Statistics Explorer.

About Histogram Queries The Histogram query processes data for a single dimension into a bar chart. you could create a filter query called ‘Poor Coverage’. which is good for producing a high-level view of the data. except that multi-dimensional statistics are only collected within a user-defined 'window' around a specific type of event or trigger. For example.About Filter Queries A Filter query removes data from the output. This data is available for any time-series data displayed in a workbook. you can access them through a right-click on a data attribute in the Workspace Explorer: Within the Workspace Explorer’s tree view. based on an expression involving attributes and functions. Once you have created several queries. the filter is applied at the stream level. About Event Queries An Event query is like a Crosstab query. A window exists for a limited number of messages or amount of time before and/or after the event is triggered. About Statistic Queries The Statistic query allows you to generate data based on the statistics available for a single dimension. It is useful for generating a high-level view for system metrics purposes. 272 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . This data is available for any time-series data displayed in a workbook. It can also be displayed using the Histogram button in a chart. where the query only passes data from the expression ‘Coverage’ with a value less than –95 dBm.

all data attributes are loaded from the specified data file. only user-selected Scenarios or Load Time queries are loaded. • Scenarios are collections of Load Time queries that can be applied to PCM Link data. This can take a considerable time and should only be used when creating or editing Load Time queries. Full Load and Minimal Load A Load Time query is any normal query that has been specified to be a Load Time query. as it is loaded. About Load Time. Where windows overlap. Load Mode controls the type and detail of data loaded when you load a data file. The two possible modes are Full and Minimal.In a given log file there will be a window for each occurrence of the specified trigger event. All Load Time queries existing in a worksession will run whenever a data file is next loaded. You select the Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 273 . the overlapping messages are evaluated only once each in the multi-dimensional query. In Minimal Load. • In Full Load.

the more Scenarios that are selected. select Crosstab Query and click New to display the Crosstab Query Wizard dialog: 2 3 4 Follow the instructions on the dialog to form the query. You can also create a New expression or Edit the listed expression. 274 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog.Scenarios you need. Note that only Actix can create and edit Scenarios. the longer the data takes to load. However. so only the basic analysis sets are selected by default. From the panel. Create a Crosstab Query 1 From the Tools menu. which in each case opens the Expression Builder dialog. depending on the tasks you want to perform. When selecting an expression. click the right arrow button to display a drop-down list of available attributes/parameters.

with another attribute as a Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 275 . at the highest level in this sequence). 3 Statistics are evaluated in order from top to bottom of the statistics list. the message is discarded and the query moves on to the next message. for example. The query then moves on to the next message. performance may be improved by reducing the resolution of data. Improving efficiency (2) If a query has many dimensions. As each stage described above is evaluated successfully. a query with RxLev and RxQual as dimensions would run more rapidly by rounding the dimension expressions using the mround function. the query passes to the next stage until the message has satisfied every stage. Count statistics A typical Crosstab Query might be to count the number of times a certain message occurs. If a filter or dimension is not satisfied for a given message.The New Statistic and Edit Statistic buttons open the Statistic (see Statistic dialog on page 371) dialog. You can use the Filter (see Filter Wizard on page 305) button to refine the query. eliminate unwanted messages by the query filter or a dimension (that is. 2 Dimensions are evaluated in order from top to bottom of the dimension list. For each statistic. mround(RxLev. TIPS FOR WRITING CROSSTAB QUERIES Improving query efficiency A Crosstab Query is evaluated by processing each message in turn. first the statistics filter is evaluated. reducing the combinations of RxLev and RxQual stored in the query. To increase the efficiency of the query. in the following sequence: The query filter is evaluated (button in bottom left hand corner of the Crosstab Query wizard).5) 1 This rounds RxLev to the nearest multiple of five. then the statistics expression.

276 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .that is. The statistic should be defined like this: The expression being counted is '1'. when A_Message_Type = 22 (handover failure). a count of Handover Fail messages for every Serving Cell ID). This is only being evaluated when the filter is being passed .dimension (for example.

Click New Expression to open the Expression Builder dialog. type in ‘CDMA Server Statistics’. For the name of the query. 2 3 4 Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 277 . From the panel. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog.The format in the filter expression should be set to 'count'. double-click Crosstab Query to display the Crosstab Query Wizard dialog. as shown here: CROSSTAB QUERY EXAMPLE 1 From the Tools menu.

Do the same for ‘Serving Sector’.5 6 7 8 For the Description. Create these new expressions: Name Serving Sector CallType = 2 CallType = 1 CallType = 0 ServingCellIDState ServingSectorIDState Expression state(ServingSectorID) CDMA_CallType==2 CDMA_CallType==1 CDMA_CallType==0 state(ServingCellID) state(ServingSectorID) ServFreqChannelState state(ServFreqChannel) 9 Click on the Expressions tab. type in ‘Serving Site’. 278 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . In the expression pane. type in: state(ServingCellID) Click OK. 10 Select ‘Serving Site’ and click Select Column.

3 Enter the details of the expression to be evaluated in every bin (data grouping). which has expanded the dialog. Create a Binned Query From the Tools menu. the 'Distance' binning method has been selected. 1 Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 279 . selecting the expressions already created or by selecting the appropriate CDMA data attributes: Name Percent Dropped Percent Failed Percent Good Average FER Average Ec/Io Average Receive Power Count of Dropped Calls Count of Failed Calls Count of Good Calls Expression/Parameter CallType = 2 CallType = 1 CallType = 0 DownLink Measurements > ForwardFER DownLink Measurements > EcIo_1stBest DownLink Measurements > MobileReceivePower Event Data > CallDropped Event Data > OutgoingCallFail Event Data > CallCompleted Method Percent True Percent True Percent True Mean Mean Mean Count Count Count 12 In the last pane. 4 To set the Binning Settings for the query. The 'Default' binning method is that defined using (from the main menu) Tools | Preferences. 13 Click OK. click Binning to open the Binning Settings dialog.11 Click New Statistic to create these statistics. 5 Select the binning method for this query. 2 From the panel. select Binned Query and click New to display the Expression Builder dialog. The parameters displayed in the dialog change to match the binning method. In this example. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. check all the statistics boxes.

3 Under Description. BINNED QUERY EXAMPLE This query is designed to help identify interference in CDMA data. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. double-click Binned Query to open the Expression Builder and create a new expression. 1 From the Tools menu. >.6 Define the binning settings and click OK to return to the Binned Query Wizard dialog. type in the name of the expression to be ‘Number of Pilots above –14’. 4 In the expression pane.-14 280 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . type in: array_count(EcIo_for_Nth_Best_Pilot[]. 7 Click OK to complete the query definition. 2 From the panel.

9 Display the Event ‘Dropped Calls’ on the Chart to view dropped calls from the handset. In this example. we are using the 'Default' binning setting. 5 Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 281 . set using Tools | Preferences. 10 Display the Event ‘OutgoingCallFail’ on the Chart to view failed calls from the handset. set the Format to ‘CDMA PN Count’. 8 From the Workspace Explorer. Notice the correlation between call problems and the number of serving Pilots. 7 Click OK to close the Wizard.In the top right corner. right-click the query and select Display on Chart to view the results of the query. 6 Click Binning to check that the query is using the 'Default' setting. then click OK to close the Analysis Manager.

Create a Filter Query From the Tools menu. click the right arrow button to display a drop-down list of available attributes/parameters. 282 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . Click OK to complete the query definition. 2 From the panel. Create a new filter to open the Filter Wizard dialog. Choose a name that you and other users will understand later—for example ‘Poor Coverage’. You can also create a New expression or Edit the listed expression. Ideally the filter name should incorporate the name of the expression (in this case ‘Coverage’) and a qualifier such as ‘Good’. Type in or select a related threshold value. ‘Poor’. Select an operator for the filter. 1 3 4 5 6 7 Type in a name for the filter. select Filter and click New to open the Filter Wizard dialog: You can also right-click on a stream in the Workspace Explorer and select Filter. When selecting an expression. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. which in each case opens the Expression Builder dialog. Select an expression for the filter. ‘Bad’ and so on.

then Create a New Filter to open the Filter Wizard.FILTER QUERY EXAMPLE This query is designed to filter poor quality in CDMA data. Set the threshold to 5. 5 Click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘CDMA > DownLink Measurements > ForwardFER’. right-click on the attribute ‘Downlink Measurements>EcIo_1stBest’. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 283 . 1 From the Workspace Explorer. 6 7 Set the filter operation to Greater than (>). 4 Enter ‘Poor Quality’ as the name of the filter. 2 Right-click on the attribute ‘Downlink Measurements>MobileReceivePower’. and select Display on Chart. and select Display on Map. 3 Right-click on the handset data stream and select Filter.

Notice that the other dialogs update to show the areas with poor quality.8 Click OK to close the Wizard. 284 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

If you select one of the last two histogram types.Create a Histogram Query From the Tools menu. 2 From the panel. You can also create a New expression or Edit the listed expression. 3 Click New to open the Histogram Wizard. select Histogram. To create a more complex query. click Filter to display the Filter (see Filter Wizard on page 305) dialog. click the right arrow button to display a drop-down list of available attributes (the ‘attribute picker’). which in each case opens the Expression Builder dialog. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 285 . the dialog expands to provide more options: 1 4 When selecting an expression.

2 From the panel.5’. type ‘11’. select Analysis Manager to display the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. Enter the following information: In the Minimum Value box. In the No. 3 Type in the name of the query to be ‘Handoff State’. In the Maximum Value box. 286 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . type ‘10. 5 6 7 Select the radio button ‘I want to specify ranges for my histogram’. 1 From the Tools menu. click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘CDMA > Dedicated Radio Link > HandoffState’. of Columns box. type ‘-0. double-click Histogram to open the Histogram Wizard.5’.HISTOGRAM QUERY EXAMPLE This query creates a histogram for the CDMA attribute ‘HandoffState’. Click Generate. 4 For the expression.

The column definitions appear in the box: 8 9 Click OK to close the Wizard and OK to close the Analysis Manager. From the Workspace Explorer. The histogram is now displayed: Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 287 . right-click on ‘Queries > Histograms > Handoff State’ and select Display on Chart.

You can click the right arrow button to display a drop-down list of available attributes/parameters.Create a Statistic Query 1 From the Tools menu. From the panel. select Statistic and click New to open the Statistic Wizard. select Analysis Manager to open the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. Select or type in the name of an expression. Type in a descriptive name for the query. 2 3 4 288 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 289 . which in each case opens the Expression Builder dialog. Here is a simple example: 5 If you select an option to exclude data. the dialog expands to allow you to define the top and bottom percentages or values to exclude.You can also create a New expression or Edit the listed expression.

click on the right-arrow of the attribute picker and select ‘CDMA > DownLink Measurements > ForwardFER’. From the Tools menu.6 STATISTIC QUERY EXAMPLE 1 Click OK to complete the query definition. 3 Type in the name ‘CDMA FER’ for the query. 2 From the panel. double-click Statistic to open the Statistic Wizard. select Analysis Manager to open the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. 4 For the expression. 290 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

right-click on ‘Queries > Statistics > CDMA FER’ and select Display on Table. From the Workspace Explorer. and click OK to close the Analysis Manager. type ‘2’. select ‘Yes. Click OK to close the Wizard. In both exclusion boxes. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 291 . I want to exclude a total number of values from the calculation’.5 6 7 8 From the radio buttons.

The statistics are now displayed in a table: Create an Event Query 1 From the Tools menu. select Analysis Manager to open the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. double-click Event Query to open the Event Query Wizard. From the panel. 2 292 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

The next dialog in the wizard allows you to define the query that will be evaluated in each window. 3 Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 293 . This opens the Expression Builder dialog. leave the discriminator blank. 3 Click on Edit to open the Expression Builder dialog. and select a trigger expression. at the right of the trigger input box. In this case. Window size is defined in terms of milliseconds or a number of measurement reports. in an Abis file containing interleaved messages from many simultaneous calls.Under Trigger Selection. EVENT QUERY EXAMPLE 1 From the Tools menu. click the arrow button to display a dropdown list of available attributes/parameters. you may want each window only to consider messages from the same call as the trigger event. You can also create a new expression or edit the listed expression by pressing Edit. You may wish to discriminate between data from different sources when evaluating an Event query. 4 Click the appropriate radio button to define the window type as based on time or number of measurement reports. set Discriminator to Abis_Call_Id. For example. 5 In the text boxes. 2 From the panel. select Analysis Manager to open the New Analysis tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. 6 Click Next to proceed. This dialog is effectively the same as that used when you create a Crosstab Query. with drive test files). When there is only one source (for example. double-click Event Query to open the Event Query Wizard. enter the size of the window before and after each trigger event.

4 Enter the expression as follows: 5 Click OK to close the dialog. 294 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

Click New Statistic to open the Statistic dialog.6 Complete the Event Query Wizard as follows: 7 8 9 Click Next to open the second page of the wizard. Enter a name for the query. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 295 .

10 Complete the dialog as follows: 11 Click OK to close the dialog and OK again to complete the query. 12 Display and examine the query in the Statistics Explorer. 296 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide .

parameters and commands in the lower part of the dialog to build up the expression. and then either type the expression into the upper expression pane directly2. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 297 . Click a command7 to add it to the expression. Double-click an attribute from the Parameters tab4 to add it to the expression. The <Values> pane6 allows you to set the value for the parameter.Build and edit expressions You can use the Expression Builder to construct and maintain expressions for use within queries. The Expressions tab5 lists all existing expressions in the current workspace. You can nest these expressions to create a powerful new expression. or click on the various buttons. A pop-up message explains how you can use the selected command. Then double-click on a parameter or expression to make this the value acted upon by the expression. Double-click an expression to display it in the expression window. Click the symbol buttons3 to add the appropriate symbol to the expression in the window. Type in a Description1 for the expression.

right-click on the query and select Edit Analysis Definition. histogram bar definition. select the required query and click Edit. then the Existing Analyses tab of the Analysis Manager dialog. in terms of units. from the Workspace Explorer. From the list panel. colors on a map. Edit an existing query 1 From the Tools menu. 2 Alternatively. select Analysis Manager. 298 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . and so on. The appropriate query wizard dialog then opens. The attribute picker9 allows you to select any permissible attribute.The Format selector8 indicates how the expression will be treated.

select Analysis Manager. Select the required query from the list panel and click Delete to remove the query.Delete an existing query 1 From the Tools menu. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 299 . 2 The selected query no longer appears in the Existing Analyses tab of the Analysis Manager dialog or under the Queries heading in the Workspace Explorer. then the Existing Analyses tab of the Analysis Manager dialog.

You will lose all queries you generate in the current worksession. 3 Select the Actix Query File (*. 2 Click Import to open the Import Queries dialog.xml) and click OK. 300 Querying data Actix A Solutions User Guide . 1 Select Tools | Analysis Manager to open the Analysis Manager dialog. The selected query now appears in the Existing Analyses tab of the Analysis Manager dialog and under the Queries heading in the Workspace Explorer. unless you either save the workspace or export each query.Import a query This procedure allows you to import both normal and Load Time queries.

1 3 Click Export to open the Export Queries dialog.Export a query Select Tools | Analysis Manager to open the Analysis Manager dialog. Set as Load Time query The Load Mode should be set to 'Full' before you create or edit a Load Time query. 4 Select the appropriate folder and type in the name of the Actix Query File (including the *. The selected query now appears in the Existing Analyses tab. If 'Execute at Load Time' is set to yes. See Set as Load Time query. this query is exported to the location specified in Tools | Preferences. under the Queries heading. in the General Settings. 1 Select Tools | Analysis Manager to open the Analysis Manager dialog. The Load Mode setting is under Tools | Preferences. 2 Go to the Existing Analyses tab and select the appropriate query. unless you either save the workspace or export each query. 2 Go to the Existing Analyses tab and select the appropriate query. Load Time Queries. Actix A Solutions User Guide Querying data 301 . PCM Link section. You will lose all queries you generate in the current worksession.xml extension) and click OK. File Locations. and in the Workspace Explorer.

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Click Load Time to open the Execute at Load Time column:

4 Select Yes. This query is exported to the location specified in Tools | Preferences, File Locations, Load Time Queries. Load Time Queries are only applied to logfiles loaded after the query was imported or edited.

Set the Load Mode
To set the Load Mode 1 Select Tools | Preferences to open the Preferences dialog. 2 In the General Settings, PCM Link section, set the Load Mode to 'Full' or 'Minimal' (the default).

Select one or more Load Time queries
To select one or more Load Time queries Either: • • For each appropriate query, set to Execute at Load Time. Import Load Time queries as described under Import a query.
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Select a Scenario
To select a Scenario 1 Select Tools | Choose Scenario to open the Attach Load Time Queries dialog. 2 Click to put a check mark against each Scenario that is to be applied to each logfile opened in the current worksession. Remember, the more Scenarios that are selected, the longer the data takes to load. Once you have set the Load Mode correctly, and have selected your Load Time queries or Scenario, you are ready to open a new data file.

Change the name of a query
Select Tools | Analysis Manager to open the Analysis Manager dialog. 2 Go to the Existing Analyses tab and select the appropriate query. 3 Export the query under a new name. 4 Import the query. 1

Troubleshooting Queries
HOW DO I DISPLAY ONLY NEWLY ACTIVATED SITES? There are several ways to achieve this. One is to create a Filter query, and the other is to create a Crosstab query and filter the results through the Statistics Explorer. To create a filter for one cell site 1 From the Tools menu, select Analysis Manager, and create a new Filter. 2 Select Site Data Node > ServingCellID as the attribute to filter, and enter the name as it appears in the Workspace Explorer. 3 From the Workspace Explorer, right-click your stream name and choose the Filters option. Select the filter you have just created to enable it. All data you display will now be filtered for just that site.

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To create a crosstab query for the cell site 1 From the Tools menu, select Analysis Manager, and create a new Crosstab query. 2 Enter ServingCellID as the dimension, and leave the statistics blank. 3 Display your results on the Statistics Explorer. 4 Select the row for the site you want to filter, and click on the Filter button. All other data views will now be filtered while the Filter button is enabled.

Analysis Manager reference
ANALYSIS MANAGER DIALOG New Analysis tab To define a new query • From the New Analysis tab, click on the appropriate query icon. Existing Analysis tab • From the Existing Analyses tab, select one of the existing queries from the panel. The queries are grouped by type—for example, Crosstab, Binned, Filter and so on.

You can also add existing queries from another folder on your PC or network by clicking Import and selecting the appropriate query file. You can also Export the query data as a file for other users. CROSSTAB QUERY WIZARD The New Expression and Edit Expression buttons open the Expression Builder dialog. The New Statistic and Edit Statistic buttons open the Statistic dialog. BINNED QUERY WIZARD The Binning button in the Expression Builder dialog displays the Binning Settings dialog. This allows you to override (for this query) the global default binning settings defined under Tools | Preferences.

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FILTER WIZARD The Filter Wizard lets you create a filter query. Filters allow you to specify data that will be removed from a selection.

When you type in a name for the filter, choose a name that you and other users will understand later, for example ‘Poor Coverage’. Ideally the filter name should incorporate the name of the expression (in this case ‘Coverage’) and a qualifier such as ‘Good’, ‘Poor’, ‘Bad’ and so on. There are several ways you can select an expression for the filter: • • • • Choose the expression from a drop-down menu Click the right-arrow to select from the attribute picker Click New to create a new expression in the Expression Builder Click Edit to alter a selected expression in the Expression Builder.

You then select an operator for the filter, and type in or select a related threshold value.

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HISTOGRAM WIZARD When selecting an expression, click the right arrow button to display a drop-down list of available attributes/parameters. You can also create a New expression or Edit the listed expression, which in each case opens the Expression Builder dialog. The Filter button at the bottom left also allows you to define a filter expression.

When specifying discrete values, you can use either or both of the Minimum and Maximum boxes. Enter the value and click Add to display the text ‘Equal to <value>’. You can specify the range for each column: • Individually, by entering the Minimum and Maximum values for a column and clicking Add. Automatically, by specifying the Minimum and Maximum Values for the entire range, together with the Number of Columns. Then click Generate.

In each case, entering a Minimum Value will generate the text ‘Greater than <value>’, and entering a Maximum Value will generate the text ‘less than <value>’. Check the related Inclusive box to set the text to ‘Greater than or equal to’ or ‘less than or equal to’.
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You can change a column definition by double-clicking on it in the window. The appropriate values and settings will be displayed in the Minimum and Maximum Value and related boxes. Make any necessary changes and click Update. The text in the column definition window changes to reflect the new settings. STATISTIC WIZARD This dialog allows you to create a statistical query based on a particular statistical technique applied to a selected data attribute. You can also apply a filter to the attribute’s data before using the statistical technique.

The New and Edit buttons open the Expression Builder dialog. QUERY WINDOW DEFINITION This dialog lets you define a query window. This is a query for calculating statistics before, during or after a selected event. Select an event from the drop-down list, or click New or Edit to open the Filter Wizard dialog to create a new filter. You can then define the window in terms of the number or milliseconds before or after the selected event, or, if based on measurement reports, the number of reports before or after the event.

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FILTER DIALOG This dialog lets you select which filters to apply to the data. The filter window displays all available filters for selection. Click on a filter to check or uncheck its selection box. Click New or Edit to open the Filter Wizard (see page 305) and create a new filter or edit an existing filter. There are two radio buttons below the filter window. Select OR where you want to exclude data that matches any of the selected filter criteria, or select AND where you want to exclude data that matches each one of the selected filter criteria. EVENT QUERY WIZARD The first dialog in this wizard allows you to define the triggering event and the period before and the period after the event to include. The second dialog is similar to the Crosstab Query.

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When all the files have been processed. you can examine the batched data attributes in the same way as you would for standard data attributes. You can then create several images from each definition. called a ‘network image’. you can use it to define which data attributes are to be involved in a batch load. Once you have created a network image file from a template and attached it to the workspace. A network image is a single data file (. You cannot include an A or Abis file in a network image. using maps. In Actix Solutions. charts and so on.Archiving data using Network Images About Network Imaging You may want to process a large number of log files. Data from these network images can then be collated to see how key network parameters have changed over time. for example for consecutive months. but are only interested in specific data parameters. Actix A Solutions User Guide Archiving data using Network Images 309 . Each Actix Solution contains default network image templates that each contain a set of data parameters. More logfiles can be queried and added to the network image.dat file) that contains the results of a series of queries run on a set of logfiles. you can group this information together under a unique collection of data. Batch-loading allows you to import a small number of important data parameters without needing to load all of each file. increasing the size of the data file.

310 Archiving data using Network Images Actix A Solutions User Guide . Select a network image template and click OK to open the Save As dialog.Create a new network image file 1 2 Select Network Image | Create Network Image to open the Create Network Image dialog. 3 Enter a File name and location for the network image file and click Save.

Batch load data files 1 From the Workspace Explorer. right-click on the network image file to be used to define those data attributes involved in the batch load. When the file processing is complete. select the Batch Load Files option. 3 Select one or more data files and click Open. Actix A Solutions User Guide Archiving data using Network Images 311 .Attach an existing network image file 1 Select Network Image | Attach Network Image to display the Select Network Image File dialog. 2 This opens the Select Files to Load dialog. 2 Select a network image file from the list and click Open. a message box reports on the status of the batch load. The Workspace Explorer updates to show the selected network image as active under the Network Image heading. From the pop-up menu.

In this way. 4 Right click on your Network Image and select Load Stream. 312 Archiving data using Network Images Actix A Solutions User Guide . 3 Create a Network Image. It also allows you to do some processing first—for example. create a Superstream). superstreaming drive test and call trace data. you can create a Network Image of uplink data that can be displayed on the Map. This can be useful if you want to look at the data before adding it to the Image. To copy a stream into a Network Image 1 Load a logfile as normal. Load streams from the Workspace Explorer to a Network Image You can copy loaded data from the Workspace Tree-view into a Network Image.The batched data attributes now appear in the Workspace Explorer. 2 Process the data as required (for example. ready for analysis. 5 Pick a stream from all loaded streams (including Superstreams).

select Tools | Preferences and specify the CellRefs File Location. To set which text file your Actix Solution uses as its CellRefs network information file. This data is stored in a text file known as the CellRefs file (which can have any name). Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 313 . • Select Tools | Network Explorer to open the Network Explorer window: You can also import network element information from delimited text files. using the Import button.Network Explorer About Network Explorer The Network Explorer allows you to browse and edit loaded network information.

To… Sort the elements Do this… Click on a parameter column heading. Any single character in charlist. A group of one or more characters (charlist) enclosed in brackets ([ ]) can be used to match any single character in string and can include almost any character code. 314 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide .USE THE NETWORK EXPLORER From the right-hand parameter panel. including digits. the hyphen is used to identify a range of characters. For example. to match strings: Characters Matches in string in pattern ? * # [charlist] Any single character. Multiple ranges are included within the brackets without delimiters. To match the special characters left bracket ([). and asterisk (*). click Update to enter the new values into parameter the network element database. they must appear in ascending sort order (from lowest to highest). character lists. The right bracket (]) cannot be used within a group to match itself. [A-Z] results in a match if the corresponding character position in string contains any uppercase letters in the range A–Z. you can control how the parameters of the network elements are displayed. or character ranges. question mark (?). Any single digit (0–9). but it can be used outside a group as an individual character. enclose them in brackets. in any combination. In any other location. A hyphen (–) can appear either at the beginning (after an exclamation point if one is used) or at the end of charlist to match itself. Once you have finished element editing the values for an element. Edit an Click on the parameter and type in the new value. number sign (#). but [Z-A] is not. and edit individual parameters. Zero or more characters. The character sequence [] is considered a zero-length string (""). For example. A hyphen (–) can be used to separate the upper and lower bounds of a range of characters. [AZ] is a valid pattern. This search facility lets you use wildcard characters. Find a matching value Enter the value into the box below the toolbar and click Find Next. When a range of characters is specified.

For example. An exclamation point (!) at the beginning of charlist means that a match is made if any character except the characters in charlist is found in string. several languages use the character "æ" to represent the characters "a" and "e" when they appear together. an occurrence of the single special character in either pattern or string matches the equivalent 2-character sequence in the other string. Similarly. click Import and select Import From New Template. When used outside brackets. there are special characters in the alphabet that represent two separate characters. so you may want to create a backup of that file and keep it in a safe location before following these steps. IMPORT NETWORK ELEMENTS FROM A FILE To import all network element data This will overwrite your existing cellrefs. In some languages. select Import and then Import From New Template.txt file. 2 Select the appropriate network data file. or in a range) matches the equivalent 2-character sequence in string. You can also right-click to display the pop-up menu. a single special character in a pattern enclosed in brackets (by itself.To… Do this… [!charlist] Any single character not in charlist. in a list. The search feature recognizes that the single special character and the two individual characters are equivalent. 1 From the toolbar. Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 315 . 3 Click Open to display the Custom Import Wizard. the exclamation point matches itself. When a language that uses a special character is specified in the system locale settings.

The pane below the file name shows how the contents of the selected text file appear. 7 Click on the Column Settings tab. 4 5 316 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . 6 Set the other parameters as appropriate. The name of the selected text file appears at the top of the section. Set the Column Delimiter. Avoid using the same character as a column delimiter. which is common to both tabs of the dialog. Number of rows to be ignored and Array (list) Separator according to the format used in your network information file. The Column Settings tab allows you to associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file. array separator or decimal separator. Type in a meaningful Description for the template.Note the Data Preview section. based on the current import selections.

8 Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 317 . The Wizard then displays the selected parameter against the appropriate column. 10 Set the default value for that field as appropriate. Required fields – these must be bound to a particular type or must have a default value set. but you cannot set a default value. 11 Continue for all appropriate columns. 9 Select a column description from the drop-down list.Note that each of the field names has an associated icon: Key fields – you must select a field type for this field. Other fields – binding particular field types or setting default values is not strictly necessary for this field. Under the Columns heading. click on a setting for a particular field.

all other data in the hierarchy must exist in the cellrefs file. or the cell sector will not be displayed on the map. Notes for GSM users The cellrefs file can hold data describing three levels of the GSM infrastructure hierarchy: • • • Cellsite BSC MSC At its minimal level. 318 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . you can use the template you have created on the new file. there must be a corresponding row (keyword GSM_BSC) describing the BSC ID. If any errors occurred during the import. The benefit of including the BSC and MSC row definitions is that these values can be used in the map legend. MSC ID and BSC name.log' in the \actix\analyzer\bin\cellrefs folder. you do not have to repeat work you have already done. a message box will let you know. See the Preferences dialog for more information. If the (optional) final column of the GSM_Cell row (BSCID) is used. All errors that occurred during the import are written to the file 'error. This also means that there must be a corresponding row (keyword GSM_MSC) describing the MSC ID and name. including the column-by-column parameter assignment. CI. allowing cells to be color-coded according to their BSC. The new cell information will be added at the bottom of the existing list in the Network Explorer. the GSM cellrefs file should hold rows starting with the keyword GSM_Site (describing the ID and location of the site) and GSM_Cell (describing all cell-specific data such as Azimuth.12 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. So if the BSCID column is used in the GSM_Cell row. Because you can reuse the template. If the cellplan file is updated. 2 Select the new element type. Beamwidth. BCCH. BSIC etc). The Site ID column is the link between these two definitions. CREATE A NEW ELEMENT To add a new cell or site element 1 Click New from the toolbar.

This only works if you previously selected Back.txt. Moves up on level in the network hierarchy in the Detailed View panel. click the Exit button in the top right corner of the window. Does this… Returns to the Network Explorer display as it was before the last control selection. Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 319 . select New and then the element type. Shows the next display state of the Network Explorer. Imports network elements from an existing text file. you are prompted like this: You have made changes to <pathname>\cellrefs. Click next to each field and enter the appropriate value. Applies any changes made to the currently selected CellRefs file. If you have made any changes to the data.You can also right-click to display the pop-up menu. Network Explorer reference NETWORK EXPLORER TOOLBAR REFERENCE This control Back Forward Up Update Refresh Stop Import New Delete View All Find This Searches the element data for a match to the text entered in the box. Do you want to save them now? Click Yes to save the changes and No to ignore the changes. Removes the currently selected element. Updates the Network Explorer interface. Creates a new network element. Stops the Network Explorer interface from updating. 3 LEAVE THE NETWORK EXPLORER When you have finished viewing or editing the network element data.

Semicolon.CUSTOM IMPORT WIZARD Template Import Settings dialog Description Delimiters Enter a line of text to describe the imported data. Check this box if the first one or more rows in the text file contain column header information rather than data. May not clash with the column delimiter or the array separator. Select the character used in the text file to separate columns of data. Select the latitude/longitude format from a list of available formats. Space. The Data Preview section is common to both tabs of the dialog. Enter the character used to separate values in an array. The name of the selected text file appears at the top First row contains headers Number of rows to be ignored Array (List) Separator Decimal Separator Latitude/Longitude Format Coordinate System 320 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . Enter the number of header rows to exclude when importing the data. Select the coordinate system from a list of available coordinate system definitions. Comma. Choose from Tab. or define an alternative (Other) delimiter. May not clash with the column delimiter or the decimal separator. Select the character used as the decimal point.

Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 321 . The Data Preview section is common to both tabs of the dialog. Required fields – these can either be bound to a specific field. If bound to a column type. or have a default value set. Other fields – these can be bound to a specific field and have a default value set as required. The pane below the file name shows how the contents of the selected text file appear. based on the current import selections. based on the current import selections. the default value is used for every instance of that data. The pane below the file name shows how the contents of the selected text file appear.of the section. or both. the default value is set when there is a gap in the network data. You can also enter a default value for non-Key fields. If set to 'Ignore'. The name of the selected text file appears at the top of the section. Key fields – these must be bound to a specific data field. Click on the second Column next to the appropriate field and bind the field to a selected column type. Template Column Settings dialog The Column Settings tab allows you to associate a network parameter with a column of data in the text file.

but will use commas as the decimal delimiters.NEW ELEMENT VALUES DIALOG This dialog opens when you click the New button from the Network Explorer toolbar. Two columns show the fields available for the new element and the values for each field. click on the space opposite the name for the field. Default Import Templates You can select the following templates from the Automatic Import Template field of the Preferences dialog (opened by the main Tool menu. 322 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . Preferences command): Any template name ending in 'comma' is the equivalent of the template without the comma. To enter a value for a field. and then select or enter a value.

An example input file would look similar to this (depending on the technology being used): Site Name 02AER1 02AER2 02AER3 02AGM0 02ALI1 02ALI2 … Site ID 02AER 02AER 02AER 02AGM 02ALI 02ALI … Lat xx.uuuuuuuuu 65 65 65 360 65 … 69 72 66 62 80 … 206 206 206 206 206 … 1 1 1 1 1 … 102 102 102 402 402 … 12611 12612 12192 12339 12774 … … … … … … Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 323 .yyyyyyyy zz.mmmmmmmmmmmmm 40 160 280 0 70 … … r. #NetworkData – datafile … GSM_Site GSM_Site GSM_Site GSM_Site GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell … … 91ZEL0 91ZOC3 91ZOT0 91ZUL3 02AER 02AER 02AER 02AGM 02ALI … … 91ZEL 91ZOC 91ZOT 91ZUL 02AER1 02AER2 02AER3 02AGM0 02ALI1 … … j. the format now looks like this: .zzzzzzzz … Long a.xxxxx xx.jjjjjjjjjjjjj k.ccccccccc c.aaaaaaaaa a.txt file.bbbbbbbbb c.xxxxx yy.kkkkkkkkkkkkk l.xxxxx xx.ttttttttt u.lllllllllllll m.aaaaaaaaa a.sssssssss t.rrrrrrrrr s.zzzzzzzz zz.aaaaaaaaa b.ccccccccc … Sector ID 02AER1 02AER2 02AER3 02AGM0 02ALI1 02ALI2 … 70 190 … AZIMUT 40 160 280 Antenna 3db Hor 65 65 65 360 65 65 … EIRP 0 Not in use 0 Not in use 0 Not in use 0 Not in use 0 Not in use 0 Not in use … BCCH 69 72 66 62 80 69 … MCC 206 206 206 206 206 206 … MNC 1 1 1 1 1 1 … LAC 102 102 102 402 402 402 … CI 12611 12612 12192 12339 12774 12775 … BSIC … Once the data has been processed and saved as a cellrefs.

(-)DDD.CDMA TEMPLATE Delimiter: Header Lines: ArraySeparator: Coordinate Format: Coordinate System: Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 TAB 1 .dddddd World Geodetic System 1984 (GPS) Data Field Site_Name SiteID/ECP ID Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP PN MCC SID NID BID Format Group string string Degrees Degrees string Degrees Beamwidth Angle integer CDMA PN GSM MCC integer integer integer 0 to 511 0 to 999 -360 to 360 0 to 360 -360 to 360 -360 to 360 Range 324 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide .

dddddd World Geodetic System 1984 (GPS) Data Field Site Name SiteID Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP BCCH MCC MNC LAC CI BSIC Format Group string string Degrees Degrees string Degrees Beamwidth Angle integer GSM ARFCN GSM MCC GSM MNC GSM LAC GSM CI GSM BSIC 0 to 885 0 to 999 0 to 99 0 to 65535 0 to 65535 0 to 77 -360 to 360 0 to 360 -360 to 360 -360 to 360 Range Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 325 . (-)DDD.GSM TEMPLATE Delimiter: Header Lines: ArraySeparator: Coordinate Format: Coordinate System: Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 TAB 1 .

IDEN TEMPLATE Delimiter: Header Lines: ArraySeparator: Coordinate Format: Coordinate System: Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 TAB 1 .dddddd World Geodetic System 1984 (GPS) Data Field Site Name SiteID City_Code Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Azimuth Beamwidth CCCH Color_Codes MCC NDC LAC CI TCH_List DLAI Face_Display Azimuth_Display Phase_Display Format Group string string integer Degrees Degrees string Degrees Beamwidth Angle GSM ARFCN array:integer GSM MCC integer GSM LAC GSM CI array:integer integer integer Degrees integer -360 to 360 0 to 65535 0 to 65535 0 to 999 -360 to 360 0 to 360 0 to 885 -360 to 360 -360 to 360 Range 326 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . (-)DDD.

(-)DDD.dddddd World Geodetic System 1984 (GPS) Data Field Site Name SiteID Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP DCCH MCC SID Band Network_Type DVCC ACCH DCC Traffic_Channels Color_Codes Face_Display Azimuth_Display Phase_Display Format Group string string Degrees Degrees string Degrees Beamwidth Angle integer IS136 channel GSM MCC integer string string IS136 DVCC IS136 channel integer array:integer array:integer integer Degrees integer -360 to 360 1 to 255 0 to 2000 0 to 2000 0 to 999 -360 to 360 0 to 360 -360 to 360 -360 to 360 Range Actix A Solutions User Guide Network Explorer 327 .IS-54 / IS-136 TEMPLATE Delimiter: Header Lines: ArraySeparator: Coordinate Format: Coordinate System: Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 TAB 1 .

WCDMA TEMPLATE Delimiter: Header Lines: ArraySeparator: Coordinate Format: Coordinate System: Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 TAB 1 .dddddd World Geodetic System 1984 (GPS) Data Field Site_Name SiteID Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP SC MCC MNC LAC CI BSIC Format Group string string Degrees Degrees string Degrees Beamwidth Angle integer WCDMA SC GSM MCC GSM MNC GSM LAC GSM CI GSM BSIC 0 to 511 0 to 999 0 to 99 0 to 65535 0 to 65535 0 to 77 -360 to 360 0 to 360 -360 to 360 -360 to 360 Range 328 Network Explorer Actix A Solutions User Guide . (-)DDD.

You can display this attribute in. select the appropriate custom attribute script. Install custom attributes Any custom attribute definition files (*. The custom attribute is now added under the heading 'Common' in the Workspace Explorer. you can display this attribute in. for example. Click Run. Charts and Tables. showing all available custom attribute scripts from all installed custom attribute definition files. From the dialog. Charts and Tables in the normal manner. Click Close to continue. The script file needs to be 'run' like an executable program to process the data and to be displayed in the Workspace Explorer.Custom Attributes About custom attributes A custom attribute is an attribute defined by a script file. in the normal manner. The default location for this directory is: C:\Program Files\Actix\Analyzer\Bin\Custom Attributes\ Use custom attributes 1 Select Tools | Custom Attribute Manager. Maps. Once a custom attribute has been added in the Workspace Explorer. for example. You will be notified when the custom attribute script has completed. Maps.caf files) placed in its Custom Attributes directory are automatically recognized. The Custom Attribute Manager dialog opens. 2 3 4 Actix A Solutions User Guide Custom Attributes 329 . under the heading 'Common'.

There are two main sections. defined within the CustomAttribute and CDATA tags: <CustomAttribute . This element contains a number of attributes.. some mandatory and others optional (in italics). > <![CDATA[ script defining the custom attribute analysis ]]> THE CUSTOM ATTRIBUTE TAG Each custom attribute consists of a root node called CustomAttribute. You can use any text editor to create a custom attribute like the example shown here: The custom attribute definition should adhere to the file format defined below. The CustomAttribute tag format looks like this: <CustomAttribute Name="name" Icon="icon ref" BinOp="binop number" > For example: <CustomAttribute Name="MyEcIo_1stBest" Icon="1950" BinOp="0" > 330 Custom Attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide ..caf extension.Create custom attributes A custom attribute is defined in a text file and given a .

Default: VBScript 0 = Returns the average value. 7 = As 2. The icon must be held in the AtxRes. Name of language used to define the custom attribute. Jscript.The attributes are described below: Attribute Name Mandatory Description Yes Name of the custom attribute being defined. Numeric value that denotes the icon ID to be used when representing the custom attribute in a user interface. Used for attributes where values are reported infrequently. See the Reference section at the end of this document. averages the result. Should not contain illegal characters or spaces. 4 = Returns the number of values. then converts this average linear value back to a log value.dll. 6 = As 1 but retains the last value. 1 = Returns the most frequent value. 2 = Converts log values to linear values. 1950 is commonly used. as well as associating it with an event format group. Any icon id that can be found in AtxRes. Assign the custom attribute* a value of 4 to make it an event. 3 = Returns the highest value. Icon Yes Language No VBScript.dll. BinOp Yes Actix A Solutions User Guide Custom Attributes 331 . Acceptable Values Name must begin with a letter. This represents the time series icon. Binning operation used for the custom attribute. but used for RxQual values ranging from 0-7.

IsArrayType No *Assigning any invalid value to any of the optional attributes will cause them to use their defaults. Assigning an unrecognized format group will simply cause the custom attribute to use the 'void' format group. Default: Double. <![CDATA[ script defining the custom attribute analysis ]]> Currently the custom attribute script can only be written in VBScript and JScript. The second 332 Custom Attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide . FormatGroup No DataType No Data type of the custom attribute Flag indicating whether the custom attribute generates an array attribute. THE CDATA TAG The custom attribute element contains a single child node of type CData_Section. as given in any xml file in the bin\FormatGroups folder. Byte. Default: custom attribute is a nonarray type. Long. The first is an IDispatch pointer to the stream on which the custom attribute is to be executed.Attribute Mandatory Description Name of format group to be associated with the custom attribute. The Main entry point takes two arguments.xml. Double. for example "Percentage" in the file fgStandard. This allows you to both set and get information from the underlying data store. Short. This node type is where the actual custom attribute script is stored. The custom attribute subsystem in V4 requires that all custom attributes define a subroutine called Main that acts as the entry point into the script (the custom attribute subsystem is expecting to make a call to this function). 1/T/Y means custom attribute is an array type. String. Default: Void Format group Boolean. Acceptable Values The name of any valid existing format group.

Value servRxQual = msg("ServRxQualFull").TerminateProgressBar End Sub]]> </CustomAttribute> Actix A Solutions User Guide Custom Attributes 333 . newAttrib) ' shows multiple coverage areas ProgressBar.SetProgressBar (i/Count)*100 i = i + 1 Next ProgressBar. The entry point for a custom attribute is defined as follows: Sub Main(dataStream. attrName) Function Main(dataStream. message is equivalent to 0. 0.Value = 1 Consecutive=0 end if end if ' === Show 1 if there is 4 secs qual >=5.argument is a string variable that contains the name of the custom attribute itself. EXAMPLE CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES Four_sec_bad_qual.Value if Not IsNUll(servRxLev) then ' if valid value if servRxQual>=5 then Consecutive=Consecutive+1 Else Consecutive=0 end if ' === 8 consecutive measurement report = 8 x 0. attrName) [VBScript] [JScript] Given that both scripting languages are loosely typed. 100 Count=stream.48sec ==== end if ProgressBar.InitProgressBar "Running Custom Attribute:# 4 sec of RxQual>=5".48 sec ~ 4 sec === ' ======= Reset ConsecutiveCount to 0 when RxQual>5 ======= if Consecutive=8 then if Not IsNull(servRxLev) then msg(newAttrib).caf <CustomAttribute Name="Four_sec_bad_qual" Icon="1950" BinOp="2"> <![CDATA[Sub Main(stream. we are not required to declare the data types of each of the variables.Count-1 i = 0 ' Start message counting Consecutive=0 for each msg in stream servRxLev = msg("ServRxLevFull").

"") if instr(1.RSSIPos+10.MessageText."Amplitude:") if AmpPos > 0 then RSSIPos= Instr(FreqPos.freqstr. spacepos-(RSSIPos+10)) end if RSSI=cInt(RSSIstr) Message.Item("Aglnt_CW_RSSI").MessageText.Count-1 for i=0 to Count if stream(i). ". decimalpos-(RSSIPos+10)) Else RSSIstr= Mid(MessageText.MessageText(4) FreqPos = 1 Found = False while (instr(FreqPos.Value= 182 then Dim MessageText Set Message = stream(i) MessageText = Message. "Frequency Window") FreqInput = replace(FreqInput."(")-1 if decimalpos < spacepos then RSSIstr= Mid(MessageText.Aglnt_CW_RSSI. <CustomAttribute Name="Aglnt_CW_RSSI" Icon="1950" BinOp="0" ><![CDATA[ Sub Main(stream. newAttrib) FreqInput= InputBox("Enter Frequency in MHz"."") Count= stream."."") FreqInput = replace(FreqInput.".Item("Msg_Class_Code").MessageText.MessageText."") freqstr=replace(freqstr.FreqInput) then Found = True AmpPos= instr(FreqPos.RSSIPos+10."."e") freqstr= Mid(MessageText.Value = RSSI end if end if wend end if 334 Custom Attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide .".MessageText."frequency:")+10 epos= Instr(FreqPos.FreqPos.MessageText.") spacepos= Instr(RSSIPos."frequency:") > 0) and (not Found) FreqPos = instr(FreqPos.".".".MessageText.".caf This custom attribute extracts RSSI from Agilent CW scanner files and uses an input box to prompt for the desired frequency. epos-(FreqPos)) freqstr=replace(freqstr."Amplitude:") decimalpos= Instr(RSSIPos.

MessageText.caf This custom attribute is very simple.MessageText(2) if instr(1.Item("IDEN_Handover").Value = 1 end if next End sub ]]> </CustomAttribute> Actix A Solutions User Guide Custom Attributes 335 . newAttrib) for i=0 to stream.next End sub ]]> </CustomAttribute> iDEN_Handover. <CustomAttribute Name="iDEN_Handover" Icon="1950" BinOp="0" > <![CDATA[ Sub Main(stream. "Handover Success") > 0 then Message.Count-1 Dim MessageText Set Message = stream(i) MessageText = Message. and just flags a handover event in iDEN.

336 Appendix A – File formats supported Actix A Solutions User Guide .Appendix A – File formats supported This chart was updated on 19 May 2003. Check the Actix website or your Actix representative for more up-to-date information.

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select Design Mode to switch on StateForm editing. Right-click on the StateForm window to display the StateForm menu. The StateForm window will look similar to this: Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 339 . From the menu.Appendix B – Creating StateForms CREATE A NEW STATEFORM 1 2 3 From the Tools menu. select Display StateForms to open a StateForm window.

Along the top of the window are buttons for Deleting. You can also Open an existing file or Save the current file. Attribute Value. and open the Sheet Manager (see page 341) for controlling all the sheets you create: The Design Mode area that represents the final StateForm is indicated by a background of dots. 340 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . On the right of the window. To create a new object on the form 1 Click (on either) Text. and for creating text Labels. Open and Save Files. 3 Click in the empty field under 'Attribute' and type in a data attribute name or select one from the attribute picker. Copying and Pasting objects. To create a new form 1 Right-click on the StateForm window again to display the StateForm menu. Cutting. click and drag to create a new object. Time Chart or Scan Chart. Time Chart (see Creating Time Charts on page 342) and Scan Chart (see Creating Scan Charts on page 355) objects plus a Group Box for visually dividing up the StateForm: The last set of buttons allows you to create a New Sheet or File. Array Attribute Value. and Toggling Design Mode: Next to these are buttons for Selecting objects. 2 In the Design Mode area. Attribute Value. 2 Select New File to create a new form. an Attribute Bar in the upper right of the StateForm has been selected). display characteristics are shown for a selected object (in this example. Array Attribute Value. This object will now appear highlighted. 4 Change any other characteristics for the object as required. with its characteristics shown in the panel on the right.

3 Save the form. to correspond to different modes of analysis. the one on the left for the current StateForm and the other pane as a working area which can be saved in its own right as a new StateForm. 2 Design this sheet in the normal way. 2 Select the required sheet. USING THE SHEET MANAGER When in a StateForm with the Sheet Selector and related buttons visible. The Manager shows two panes. This displays a drop-down list of all available sheets in the current form. To select a different sheet from a form 1 Right-click on the StateForm window and select Sheet Selector. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 341 . 1 Right-click on the StateForm window and select New Sheet. The Sheet Manager allows you to copy and move sheets to and from new and existing StateForms. which can be opened using the Sheet Selector control. The buttons in the middle copy a selected sheet from its current pane to the other side.To create a new sheet for the file A form can have more than one sheet. you can open the Sheet Manager dialog by clicking the last button on the right: The Sheet Manager dialog is shown below: A StateForm can have one or more sheets.

Cancel – Closes the window. ready to create a new StateForm. Save – Saves the StateForm in the right pane. CREATING TIME CHARTS When in the StateForm Design Mode window. 342 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . The name of the StateForm is displayed above the pane. Save As – Saves the sheets in the right pane as a new StateForm file. you can click on the Time Chart button to create a time chart object. The name of the StateForm is displayed above the pane. New File – Deletes all existing sheets from the right pane. Done – Closes the window. and set the size by dragging or by using the property panel shown below.Delete – Removes a selected sheet from its pane. Open – Displays the sheets of a selected StateForm file in the right pane. Then draw the chart where you want it. Any changes to the left pane are ignored. Any changes to the left pane are now part of the current StateForm. Rename – Allows you to rename the selected sheet.

For instance. the syncpoint will be repositioned to avoid displaying a lot of blank space. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 343 .Next. double-click Chart on the property panel or click the […] button to open the Time Chart Properties dialog: The chart properties allow every configurable aspect of the chart to be set (this information is persisted in the XML StateForms file along with all other StateForms information). The key aspects of the configuration are: Chart Layout Percent pre/post sync point This is the percentage of the chart time line that will remain visible when a sync occurs. then a sync at time 10:00:30 will cause the chart to be re-drawn. Although if this point is close to the start or end of the time range for the steam. probably with the new sync-point in the middle of the chart. if a chart shows the left-most visible point at time 10:00:00 and the rightmost visible point at 10:10:00 and “Percent pre/post sync point” is set to 10%.

and then the entire 32. if a stream covers a 32. If the time-range for the chart is set to 600000 (10 minutes) then each used pixel corresponds to a time-range of 2000ms (2 seconds). Only every other pixel will be equated to a data point in the stream (300 pixels used to represent data points).5 minute range of the stream is shown within the chart view. then a 10-minute window of data will be displayed in the chart. The reason for controlling this is to avoid over-writing chart data with other data and also to make the chart display faster by avoiding duplicating information. Here the chart view shows the entire range of time in the stream. For instance. For instance. point series will be drawn with a thickness of 2 or more pixels (points of 1 pixel width are quite difficult to see).5 minute range and the 'Time range (ms) (0 = all)' value is set to 0. In general. Setting this value to small numbers can result in many points on the chart corresponding to the same message number (when messages occur less frequently than the time interval between consecutive points on the chart). Pixels increment This value sets how many horizontal pixels on the computer display are actually used for the chart display.Time range (ms) (0 = all) This value sets the time range for the displayed X-axis in milliseconds. This setting allows the background color to be changed in these circumstances so that the user can see 344 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . it makes sense not to draw a point at every pixel if each point is more than one pixel wide. if this value is set to 600000 (10 minutes). hence. For example: say the “Pixels increment” is set to 2 and there are 600 pixels horizontally across the chart series display area. Background General The general background of the chart is the area on which the series and the legends are drawn. When no new data The 'no new data' situation occurs when a time point on the X axis is at the same message number in the stream as the previous point. A special case is when this value is set to 0.

the 'Time range (ms)' is set to 10000 (10 seconds) and the number of used pixels is 200. For example. height and (in some cases) text color is controlled from these settings. then each X pixel corresponds to around 50ms and. event text and X axis. The X axis is generally used to display the time at the left and right edges of the series traces. This can happen for a number of reasons: • The 'Time range (ms)' value is set to a small number (for a given a number of chart pixels) such that there is often a situation where there are no new messages within the short time period between X axis points. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 345 . X Axis This is the color of the background where the X Axis is drawn (if present) – that is. A pause or other kind of inactivity has occurred in the logging equipment and there are no new values for a period of time. The font name. below the main series. if at a certain point in a file messages occur every 500ms or so. X-Axis and X Slider Axis area height (0 = no X axis) This controls the height (in pixels) of the area used to display the X axis (set this value to 0 if no X axis is required). • Before/after data This controls the color and cross-hatching of the background when the chart displays X points at a time before (or after) the earliest (or latest) valid data point time in the stream. Y Axis + Legend The color of the background of the Y axis and legend area (if present) to the right of the main series. 10 X pixels represent 1 message.that data is being repeated. Fonts This controls the fonts used to display the legend text. hence.

346 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . Series This is a list of the series displayed in the chart. Selecting 0 for the slider height removes the slider and X scale pickers. Press Delete to delete the series. Marker Expr This is an expression in the standard Actix expression syntax (see page 359) which is used to define the values displayed at the minimum (left) and maximum (right) points of the X Axis. Note that the expression Time will return the relative time from the start of the stream (in ms). Color and Style for various lines drawn in the chart: Sync-line This is the vertical line indicating the current sync-point. Line Settings This area controls the Width. Generally. Add and Edit result in the Series Properties dialog (see page 348) being displayed.Slider height (0 = no slider) The slider allows the series display to be “panned” left and right using a scroll-bar. Use the Edit button to edit a series. Click the Add button to add a new series. Axis-line This is the line used to form the (optional) Y Axis. The actual time can be found by adding this to the absolute time at the start of the stream. this will be a time related value such as the formatted value of the time at this point. Select a series by clicking it. This setting controls the height of the slider bar as well as the height of the “X scale picker” which is a drop-down list of available time-ranges for the X axis.

Clicking on the Edit button opens the Global Expression dialog: Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 347 . Legend width The width (in pixels) of the area reserved for drawing the legend text (note that each series can modify this value – often this is needed when horizontal legend text is mixed with vertical as these obviously have different widths).Grid-line The lines drawn (optionally) to show various Y Axis levels as a horizontal grid across the chart. Axis width The width reserved for drawing a (vertical) Y axis (in pixels). These expressions use the standard Actix expression syntax which is described in Actix expression syntax & examples (see page 359). To Add/Delete/Edit. use the buttons to the side. Left margin The space between the right of the series display area and the legend/y-axis display area (in pixels). Global Expressions These expressions can be used in Tool-tips (see the Tooltip details under the Series Properties). Legend + Axis These settings control the layout of the Y Axis and Legend area.

348 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . Bar – a vertical bar from the base of the series Y axis up to the data value. Gaps appear when the previous point is invalid. a single point is drawn. Line – a line drawn between the previous (valid) data value and the current data value. If the previous point is invalid and the next point is also invalid. Data values equal to the minimum value on the Y axis appear as a single point.Editing Series Properties Clicking on the Edit button within a StateForm's Time Chart Properties dialog opens the Series Properties dialog: Series Type Various series types are available. This setting controls the availability of some of the other dialog options. described below. Point – a single point for each data value.

It is useful for displaying state changes. Data-Tip Expression This controls the text displayed when the user moves the mouse over a data value in the series (including event icons. use the expression: state(ServRxLevFull) – state(ServRxLevSub) Format Group Format groups are used to control formatting of values. If a Value Expression is used (the Value Expression box is not blank). and so on. For instance. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 349 .Rail – this is like a Bar but the height is fixed (not dependent on value). vertical line through event. Event – includes an icon. and so on. Value Expression Expression The Value Expression is used (if not blank) to define the value of each point in the series. For example. the presence of units text on the end of the formatted value) can be controlled using this dropdown list. specify value ranges. and so on. to display the most recent value of the attribute ServRxLevFull minus the most recent value of the attribute ServRxLevSub. if a Global Expression is called LevAndQual then it can be included in a Data-Tip by putting %%LevAndQual%% in the expression. various settings (for example. The effect of this is exactly as though the text of the specified Global Expression had been copied into this expression in place of the %%globexprname%%. and so on). Format Mode When a value is formatted using a Format Group. then the selection in this drop-down list sets the Format Group used to format values of the Value Expression. The expression can include Global Expressions by putting %% around the Global Expression name. event text and event number (counting from the first event of this type in the stream) which can all (optionally) be displayed.

Array Idx This is the Array Index. the setting made using this Actix attribute picker controls the data attribute to be displayed on the chart series. If no Validity Expression is specified. which is used for array attributes. color and style (solid. Color and Style These settings control the thickness. Event Line Width. For Point styles. so the use of a Validity Expression would be unnecessary. dash. This can be used to stop invalid data being displayed. dot. dot. set the 'Validity Expression' to 'state(HandsetMode) < 2'. Color and Style These settings control the thickness. To do this. only the color and thickness settings are used. In all cases. the most recent previous value of the attribute is used (if valid). color and style (solid. the color setting is overridden if the 'Color Range Expression' is used (see Color Range Expression). An example of where this is beneficial is for a measurement value such as ServRxLevFull when the measurement has no meaning (such as when the phone is in Idle Mode).Attribute Attribute If a Value Expression is not used. and so on) of the line used to draw data points. In some cases. This is equivalent to using the state() function in an expression. Data Point and Line Settings Validity Expression The Validity Expression can be used to remove values from the display of a series. and so on) of the vertical line drawn (optionally) through each event in an Event series. all points that have valid values are displayed. Data Point Width. 350 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . Hold Attribute Value This is used to fix the attribute value – that is. dash. the value will have been invalidated when Idle Mode was entered.

the first Handover OK in a stream will have number 1. the second 2.dll is assumed (this contains most of the icons used in Actix A Solutions. Number This displays the Event number (of the specified event) in the stream. For instance. Event Icon and Text Event icon name This setting controls the icon displayed for an event. iconID If the DLLFileName is blank the standard Actix DLL AtxRes. and so on. If a path to the DLL is not specified as part of the name. Extra Text Y Offset This is an offset which can be applied to the Event Text to move it relative to the Y axis for this series. This is only used if the 'Color range expr' is also specified. Event Text This is the event text to display with icon. Event Icon Y Offset This is the offset (in pixels) to draw the icon above the base of the Y axis for this series. This can be any icon resource in a DLL file. the color of each data point is defined by evaluating the 'Color using expr' Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 351 . Some example icon identifiers are listed in the Example Icon Identifiers section. The syntax for specifying the DLL file and icon identifier is as follows: DLLFileName. the DLL is assumed to be in the same directory as the main application executable. In this case.Event Line This check-box controls whether an Event Line (vertical line drawn through each event) is displayed. Across Whole Chart This check-box controls whether the Event Line (see above) is drawn across the entire chart (or just across the Event series). Color Ranges Color using expr This expression (if not blank) is used as the basis of the coloring for each data point.

0). g is Green. If it is blank.0. The syntax takes the form: H1.. RGB(0.b) where r is a Red component value. *. RGB(255. If not checked the values for Min and Max are defined by the 352 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide .255. the color for each data point is derived from the fixed color specified in the Data Point and Line Settings box (see above). RGB(0.0. Where: H1 is the high end of the first (lowest value) range (inclusive .0) This displays: red for values <= -90 green for values > -90 and <= -80 blue for values > -80 and <= -70 black for values > -70 Min / Max Values If the 'Use specified Min and Max' check box is checked then the Min and Max values for the series (used to define the Y scaling and in the Axis and Min/Max value display) will be those defined in the Min and Max edit boxes. b is Blue (range 0.and then applying the coloring defined by the 'Color range expr' (see below). .g. V1. -70.. -80. and so on.this value is included in the range) V1 is the value of the expression if the attribute value is in the first range (equal to or less than H1) H2 is the high end of the second (next lowest values) range V2 is the value of the expression if the attribute value is in the second range .255 for each) Example (value of Color Legend property): -90.0. Hx can be * which means a very high value (the rest of the number space about the last range) Vx can be: RGB(r. Color range expr This is a color range expression as used in other parts of the StateForms.255). RGB(0.. V2... H2.0).

Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 353 . and so on!). if this is checked and the Y Offset is 0 then this series occupies the entire chart series display area. Y Height is Percent Checking this box controls whether the Y Height value is a percentage of the overall chart series display area. Check the box to allocate an amount of space defined by the 'Legend width' property (in the main Chart Properties) + the 'Extra legend width' (see below) in the Y Axis display area for the legend for this series. Legend and Y Axis Show Legend This check box controls whether you want to show the legend text for this series. The use of a percentage allows you to define scaleable chart displays. Y Offset This defines the position (in pixels or percent) of the base (bottom) of the Y axis for this series within the overall chart series display area. Series Positioning Y Height This defines the height (in pixels or percent – see below) of the Y axis used for this series. or (if not checked) is in pixels. a chart can be defined in which one band shows a line chart and one shows a bar chart. So. Y Offset is Percent This controls whether the Y Offset value is in pixels (if not checked) or is a percentage (if checked) of the overall chart series display area. for instance.Format Group (unless no format group is available in which case the Min and Max box values are indeed used). This ensures that legends and Y axes are not drawn on top of each-other (unless you want them to be – which can be achieved by setting the Extra legend width to negative numbers. Y Height is Max If checked this box overrides the other Y Height settings and sets the Y Height to the whole of the chart series display area above the Y Offset. For instance. These can be defined to have percentage based heights (and offsets) and hence to scale up or down based on the overall chart height.

Horizontal Legend Check this box to show the legend text for this series horizontally rather than vertically. Show Min/Max Check this box to show Min and Max values next to the Y Axis. Legend Text Color Color of the legend text. Legend Text This is the text used for the legend. 354 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . the Value Expression (if not blank) or Attribute Name (if Value Expression is blank) is used. If blank. Generally. you need to use the 'Extra legend width' with this setting to get a wide enough space for the legend text to be displayed. Grid Lines This determines if grid lines are displayed horizontally across the chart area. Show Y Axis Check this box to display the Y Axis. Extra legend width Sets the number of pixels of extra space allocated to the legend – this is mainly useful for horizontal legends (see explanation above).

To create a Scan Chart 1 When in the StateForm Design Mode window. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 355 . 2 Then draw the chart where you want it. and set the size by dragging or by using the property panel shown below. This can be used to produce displays like a spectrum analyzer of scanner data or a chart of Nth best neighbors. you can click on the Scan Chart button to create a scan chart object.CREATING SCAN CHARTS About Scan Charts Scan Charts show bar charts of data held in Array Attributes.

3 Next. X axis The background color of the area below the X axis. Background General The background color of the chartspace. double-click Chart on the property panel or click the […] button to open the Bar Chart Properties dialog: The chart properties allow every configurable aspect of the chart to be set (this information is persisted in the XML StateForms file along with all other StateForms information). Y axis The background color of the area to the right of the Y axis. 356 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide .

Legend This is the font/color of the text expression that forms the Y-axis Legend. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 357 .Attributes X Num Bars This is the number of bars in the chart but it can be overridden by the 'Number of Bars to Display' field in the Layout and Legend Section. Y Values This is an array of the Y value broken down by the X value. X Axis This is the font/color of the text expression that is placed at the bottom of each bar. Array Index for Scan Msgs Font Name + Height (pixels) + Color Bar Label This is the font/color of the text expression that is put at the top of each bar. X Axis and Bar Labeling Axis Area Height This is the size of the space below the X axis. X Values This is an array of the values to be used on the X axis. It is a bit like a mandatory exclusive filter. Scan Msgs This must be set to an attribute that is present in all messages that the chart should look at. In the GSM Neighbor example above the attribute NborRxLev_by_arfcn is used as the Arfcn is equivalent in this instance with the BCCH giving the RxLev of the Neighbor cells broken down by BCCH. So for Neighbor RxLev measurements the NborBCCH might be a sensible attribute to set. So in the GSM Neighbor example shown above the X value is NborBCCH.

the X axis labels are displayed horizontally rather than vertically. Layout and Legend Number of Bars to Display This sets an absolute number of bars to appear. generating a value on which a coloring rule can be used. Bar Label This is the text expression shown at the top of each bar. This overrides the 'X Num Bars' setting. the bar labels are displayed horizontally rather than vertically. Bar Label Horizontal When enabled. Expr format group This defines the format group of that expression . Axis Line Line settings of the Axis lines Grid Line Line settings of the Grid lines Bar Color Default Color using Expression This can be used to give an attribute expression.allowing the use of 'format by color group'. 358 Appendix B – Creating StateForms Actix A Solutions User Guide . Axis label Horizontal When enabled. Color Ranges This can be used to define a color range expression that defines the colors for different values.Axis Label This is the text expression that is displayed down the Y axis. Line Settings Bar Border Line Border of the Bar settings.

Show Min/Max When enabled. the Legend is displayed horizontally rather than vertically. Data Tip Expression This is a text expression that will appear as a tool tip when the mouse hovers over a bar. Legend Width The width of the Legend in the Y axis Legend Text The Text expression that is displayed on the Y axis.Chart Left The amount of space in pixels to the left of the chart. ACTIX EXPRESSION SYNTAX & EXAMPLES Actix expressions are used in many places for generating both numerical values and text outputs. Bar Space % The amount of space in percentage of bar width between bars. Chart Right The amount of space in pixels to the right of the chart. Legend On Enable/Disable the Legend Legend Horiz When enabled. Examples are as follows: Numerical value outputs state(ServRxLevFull) default(state(ServRxLevFull). the maximum and minimum values are shown on the Y axis. Y Axis Left The amount of space in pixels to the right of the Y axis. -110) Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix B – Creating StateForms 359 . Y axis Width The width of the Y axis.

Text outputs “ServRxLevFull “ + state(ServRxLevFull) + “\r\n” - note the \r\n creates a carriage return in a Tool-tip, etc. Note: to get an expression to format as a text string you need to include at least one text string and the “” string doesn’t count.

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Functions
ABS

abs(expr)

Returns the absolute positive value of expr
ABSTIME

abstime(round_to)

abstime() returns the absolute time of the current message as a floating point number in the 1900 date system used by Excel and Win32 automation. round_to is an optional argument that rounds the result to a given number of seconds. This argument allows the returned value to be rounded to the nearest absolute time boundary, for example, abstime(60) rounds to the nearest minute, abstime(3600) rounds to the nearest hour, and abstime (86400) rounds to the nearest day.
ADD

add(expr1,expr2) expr1+expr2

Returns the sum of expr1 and expr2
AND

and(expr1,expr2) (expr1)&&(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 and expr2 are not zero, otherwise returns 0
ARRAY_COUNT

array_count(attribute[],operation,expr)

Returns the number of values in the attribute array for which the condition is true Example:
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ARRAY_FIND_INDEX

array_find_index(attribute[],operation,expr )

Returns the lowest index in the array for which the condition is true Example:
array_find_index(NborRxLev[],>,-70)
ARRAY_MAX

array_max(attribute[])

Returns the highest value in the attribute array
ARRAY_MAX_INDEX

array_max(attribute[])

Returns the index that contains the highest value in the attribute array
ARRAY_MEAN

array_mean(attribute[])

Returns the mean value in the array
ARRAY_MIN

array_min(attribute[])

Returns the lowest value in the attribute array
ARRAY_MIN_INDEX

array_min(attribute[])

Returns the index that contains the lowest value in the attribute array
ARRAY_NTH_MAX

array_nth_max(attribute[],n)

Returns the ‘nth’ ranked value in the attribute array, starting from the highest
ARRAY_NTH_MIN

array_nth_min(attribute[],n)

Returns the ‘nth’ ranked value in the attribute array, starting from the lowest
ARRAY_STDEV

array_stdev(attribute[])

Returns the standard deviation of all values in the attribute array
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BIN

bin(datum,bin_size,value)

Used internally Returns the center value of the bin containing the specified value. The bin is defined by datum and size. For example,
bin(3,5,x)

would return center values shown below: Bin# Start -1 0 1 2
BIN_INDEX

End 3 8 13 18

Center 0.5 5.5 10.5 15.5

-2 3 8 13

bin_index(datum,bin_size,value)

Used internally As for bin (), except that the index of the bin is returned instead of the center value.
DEFAULT

default(expr1,expr2)

expr1 is the expression to evaluate expr2 is the default expression (typically a constant such as -999) when expr1 is invalid Returns the value of expr1 if valid, otherwise the value of expr2 This can be used to specify a default value when an attribute has no value. For example, the expression:
default(state(ServCI,-999))

will return the value -999 at messages where state(ServCI) has no valid value (at the beginning of a file and after a valid handover)
DELTA

delta(expr1,expr2)

Not available for Binned queries Returns the result of expr1–state(expr2) - see state (see state on page 369) for details

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DIVIDE

divide(expr1,expr2)

Returns expr1 divided by expr2
EQUALS

equals(expr1,expr2) (expr1)==(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 equals expr2, otherwise returns 0 String literals should be enclosed in quotes (not mandatory unless the literal begins with numeric character or contains spaces), for example:
ServingCellID=="CellABC"

EVAL

eval(expr1,expr2,…exprn)

Used internally Returns: the value of expr1 – this is used to enable multiple expressions to be evaluated, and evals can be nested to any level. The arguments are evaluated in the order left to right.
EVENT_BEFORE

event_before()

Not available for Binned queries—only meaningful when used with windowed queries Returns 1 if the current message is before the window event, or else it returns 0
EVENT_MESSAGE

event_message()

Not available for Binned queries—only meaningful when used with windowed queries Returns the message number of the current window event
EVENT_TIME

event_time()

Not available for Binned queries—only meaningful when used with windowed queries Returns the time of the current window event
GEOINVPROJECTLAT

geoinvprojectlat(east,north)

Used internally Returns the latitude of the inverse projected value of east(x),north(y) using the context’s current geodetic projection

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geoinvprojectlon(east,north)

Used internally Returns the longitude of the inverse projected value of east(x),north(y) using the context’s current geodetic projection
GEOPROJECTX

geoprojectx(lat,long)

Used internally Returns the easting (x coordinate) of the projected value of lat,long using the context’s current geodetic projection
GEOPROJECTY

geoprojecty(lat,long)

Used internally Returns the northing (y coordinate) of the projected value of lat,long using the context’s current geodetic projection
GET

get(attribute[],array_index,message)

Used internally Returns the value at the array_index position of the attribute array for the specified message number
GREATER_THAN

greater_than(expr1,expr2) (expr1)>(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 is greater than expr2, otherwise returns 0
GREATER_THAN_OR_EQUAL

greater_than_or_equal(expr1,expr2) (expr1)>=(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 is greater than or equal to expr2, otherwise returns 0
IF

if(expr1,expr2,expr3)

Returns expr2 if expr1 <> zero, and expr3 if expr1 = zero
IS_NOT_EQUAL

is_not_equal(expr1,expr2) (expr1)!=(expr2)

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Returns 1 if expr1 is not equal to expr2, otherwise returns 0 String literals should be enclosed in quotes (not mandatory unless the literal begins with numeric character or contains spaces), for example:
ServingCellID!="CellABC"
LESS_THAN

less_than(expr1,expr2) (expr1)<(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 is less than expr2, otherwise returns 0
LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL

less_than_or_equal(expr1,expr2) (expr1)<=(expr2)

Returns 1 if expr1 is less than or equal to expr2, otherwise returns 0
LOG

log(expr)

Returns the natural log (base e) of expr
LOG10

log10(expr)

Returns the log (base 10) of expr
MESSAGE

message()

Used internally Returns the absolute current message number
MOD

mod(number,divisor)

Returns the remainder after number is divided by divisor, with the result having the same sign as divisor
MROUND

mround(expr,multiple)

Rounds the specified number to the nearest whole multiple. For example, if multiple = 3, number would be rounded to whichever was the nearest out of 3, 6, 9, 12, and so on.

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otherwise returns 0 POWER power(expr1.Other examples: expr multiple returns: 5 27 555 NOT 3 5 10 5 25 560 not(expr) !(expr) Returns 1 if expr is 0. For example. you could create a binned query with the following expression: If ( attributeA > threshold . PREV_STATE prev_state(expr) Not available for Binned queries Returns the value of expr where the value of the attribute is the previous valid value. NULL ) This example is equivalent to: "If AttributeA is greater than the threshold. depending on certain conditions. show attributeB. otherwise returns 0 NULL It is possible to use the expression “NULL” within queries.expr2) (expr1)||(expr2) Returns 1 if expr1 or expr2 are not zero.expr2) Returns expr1 to the power expr2 PREV_MESSAGE_WHERE prev_message_where(expr) Returns the number of the last preceding message number. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference 367 ." OR or(expr1. This is equivalent to the value of state(expr) at the preceding message. otherwise there is no output. where the value of expr is non-zero. This allows you to create queries that are empty. attributeB .

555 1 555. If num_digits is negative.51 555. then number is rounded down to the left of the decimal point by that many places.5 550 555 555.555 0 ROUNDDOWN rounddown(expr. to a specified number of decimal places. For example: expr 555. PRODUCT product(expr1.PREV_TIME_WHERE prev_time_where(expr) Not available for Binned queries Returns the relative time of the last preceding message number where the value of expr is non-zero.5 num_digits returns: 555. to a specified number of decimal places.555 0 368 Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference Actix A Solutions User Guide .5 num_digits returns: 1 -1 555.num_digits) Rounds down to the next lowest number. If num_digits is negative.num_digits) Rounds to the nearest number. then expr is rounded to the left of the decimal point by that many places. For example: expr 555.expr2) Returns expr1 multiplied by expr2 ROUND round(expr.6 560 556 -1 555.

Abis.array_index.array_index.3. Gb) If valid. Example: subarray_nth_max(NborRxLev[].num_digits) Rounds up to the next highest number. A.5 num_digits returns: 1 -1 555.message) set(attribute[]. For example: expr 555.n.555 0 ROW row() Used internally Returns the absolute current message number SET set(attribute[].51 555. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference 369 . otherwise it returns the last valid value SUBARRAY_NTH_MAX subarray_nth_max(attribute[]. then exbr is rounded up to the left of the decimal point by that many places. If num_digits is negative.6 560 556 555.value. this returns the value of an expression (where the value of attributes equals that at the current message).value) Used internally Sets a value at the array_index position of the attribute array (for the specified message number) STATE state(expr) Not available for Binned queries or for queries using any PCM Link information (for example.ROUNDUP roundup(expr.-70") Returns the 3rd maximum value from the NborRxLev array for values between -80 and -70.range) Returns the nth maximum value from an array."-80 . to a specified number of decimal places.

"-80 -70") Returns expr1 plus expr2 String literals should be enclosed in quotes (not mandatory unless the literal begins with numeric character or contains spaces). Example: Returns the index of the 3rd minimum value from the NborRxLev array for values between -80 and -70. Example: subarray_nth_min(NborRxLev[].n.range) Returns the index of the nth maximum value from an array.3."-80 .SUBARRAY_NTH_MAX_INDEX subarray_nth_max_index(attribute[].-70") Returns the 3rd minimum value from the NborRxLev array for values between -80 and -70.range) Returns the index of the nth minimum value from an array. SUM sum(expr1.n. SUBARRAY_NTH_MIN subarray_nth_max_index(NborRxLev[].3. Example: Returns the index of the 3rd maximum value from the NborRxLev array for values between -80 and -70."-80 -70") subarray_nth_min(attribute[].range) Returns the nth minimum value from an array. for example: ServingCellID+"CellABC" 370 Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference Actix A Solutions User Guide .n.expr2) (expr1)+(expr2) subarray_nth_min_index(NborRxLev[]. SUBARRAY_NTH_MIN_INDEX subarray_nth_min_index(attribute[].3.

Click New and Edit to open the Expression Builder dialog. the mean.Statistic dialog This dialog allows you to create a statistic based on a new or existing expression. maximum value and so on. Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference 371 . The first example has no filter and calculates the mean of every UL RxLev measurement. and a statistical analysis of that expression – for example. mean) of a Statistic expression. median. click Filter (see Filter Wizard on page 305). where the Filter expression is TRUE. The statistic is evaluated as follows: Aggregation method (for example. which opens the Filter Wizard. To refine the aggregation method.

the data will be averaged using the default binning settings (which are set through Tools | Preferences). 372 Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference Actix A Solutions User Guide . If you leave this dialog blank. and performs a simple statistic expression (incrementing the count by 1 at each Handover Fail message): Binning Settings This dialog defines how the data is to be averaged.The example shown below has a filter to ensure only Handover Fail messages are evaluated.

00 -12. and also the COleDateTime class. there are discontinuities for dates before 30 December 1899.25 5. 19 December 1899.00 5. The following table illustrates this: Date and time 30 December 1899. midnight 1 January 1900.75 -11. 6 A. 9 P.M. midnight 18 December 1899. represent dates and times as a classic number line.50 5. Hour values are expressed as the absolute value of the fractional part of the number.M.875 So. 6 A.00 Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix C – Expression Builder function reference 373 .00 5. noon 18 December 1899.00 2.00 -1. midnight Representation 0.M. However.M.25 -12. the DATE date type. 6 P. midnight 18 December 1899.The DATE Type The DATE type is implemented using an 8-byte floatingpoint number. 4 January 1900. midnight 4 January 1900.50 -12. midnight 29 December 1899. Days are represented by whole number increments starting with 30 December 1899. midnight as time zero. 18 December 1899. Representation 0.00 -12. midnight 4 January 1900. See the following table for an illustration: Date and time 30 December 1899. noon 4 January 1900.

write the following code: dataValue = dataStream. requesting the parent object of a data stream will cause a reference to the FSD object to be returned. Calling its Item() method will allow access to a given message object (IAxdFSD_Message). Both the data stream and message object allow navigation to their respective parent objects. Each message object can be queried for any given attribute that may have been set at that message point. Calling the Parent() object on a message object will return back a reference to the data stream which the message belongs to. The FSD is composed of a number of objects each containing a number of methods. The interesting aspect of this model is the ability to read attributes values from given messages and set new values into the back end store. 374 Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide .Value Here is a dataStream object (represented by the IAxdFSD_DataStream interface).Item(“ServRxLevFull”). For example. given a reference to a datastream object (see entry point definition). A data stream in turn consists of one or more messages. to access the attribute value for ServRxLevFull at message point 34. Once the message object is at the desired message index. Likewise. Actix Solutions expose a number of objects that can be scripted against. so the author of the script has full access to the functionality that these languages provide. as it is the FSD object that contains one or more data streams. the message can be queried for the values of any attributes that may have been set at that given message point.Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes Overview of FSD automation model A custom attribute can be written in either VBScript or Jscript. Consult MSDN for a guide to the language features provided by these scripting languages. The FSD exposes the following conceptual model: a datafile / logfile consists of one or more data streams. Item(33).

A stream is composed of a collection of messages. Function Item(ByVal Index As Variant) As IAxdFSD_Message Access the message given its message number Property Get Count() As Long Number of messages Property Get Parent() As Object Gets the parent file Property Get Name() As String The stream name Property Get MessageFormats() As IXMLDOMElement Gets the format for the messages in this stream Objects and interfaces are used here interchangeable as an object can only expose a simply automation interface (IDispatch).FSD Object The QDCFSD consists of a number of objects that a code writer scripts against.Value = 87 Next End Sub This displays a message box that shows the value of EcIO at each message point. the following objects1 are of particular interest: IAXDFSD_DATASTREAM This object represents a single stream from a logfile. you can use the stream to gain access to one or more attributes held at a given message point. 1 Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes 375 . getting/setting stream description and so on. All messages in Visual Basic can be iterated using the following language construct: Sub Main(dataStream. retrieving the stream type. The data stream object also exposes methods for creating a sub-stream. In most cases. then use the stream to set a value for an attribute at a given message point.Value(18) If ( Not IsNull(ecIOValue) ) then MsgBox CStr(ecIOValue) End if Msg(attribName). attribName) ' Display EcIO value For PN 18 at each message For Each msg in dataStream ecIOValue = Msg("EcIo_For_Pn"). For a code writer composing custom attributes. It also sets the value 87 into the attribute whose name is held in the attribName variable.

Property Get EventFormats() As IXMLDOMElement Gets the display format for all events in this stream Property Get AttributeValues(ByVal Attribute As Variant) As IAxdFSD_AttributeValueList Gets a collection of all the valid values of an attribute Property Get MessageNumberFromTime(ByVal Time As Date) As Long Get the message number from the absolute time Property Get FilterExpression() As String The expression setting the filter for this stream Property Let FilterExpression(RHS As String) The expression setting the filter for this stream Property Get PhysicalStream() As IAxdFSD_DataStream The underlying raw physical stream Property Get Description() As String property Description Property Let Description(RHS As String) property Description Function CreateLogicalStream(ByVal Expression As String) As IAxdFSD_DataStream method CreateLogicalStream Property Get _Id() As Long property _Id Property Get Attributes() As IAxdFSD_AttributeSchema property Attributes Property Get TechnologyFlags() As EnumStreamTypes property TechnologyFlags Property Get LongName() As String property LongName Sub DumpAttributes(ByVal Directory As String) method DumpAttributes 376 Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide .

that is.Value Next End Sub The code shown above simply obtains the message object that represents message number 57 (note that we use a zero based index . Each message object represents a decoded message at a given point in time. The message object is then queried for the value of each attribute that has been decoded. A message object can be queried for the values of various attributes that may have been set at that message point. Function Item(ByVal AttributeName As Variant) As IAxdFSD_AttributeValue Access the attribute given its name Property Get Count() As Long Number of attributes decoded Property Get Parent() As Object Get the parent AxdFSD_DataStream Property Get MessageText(ByVal Flags As Long) As String Gets the decoded message text Function EvaluateExpression(ByVal Expression As String) As Variant Evaluate a query expression at this message point Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes 377 . newAttrib) Set msg = dataStream.Property Get Filters() As IAxcContainer property Filters Property Let Filters(RHS As IAxcContainer) property Filters IAXDFSD_MESSAGE A stream consists of one or more of these message objects.Count For I = 0 to AttributeCount-1 l = Msg(i).Item(56) ‘ Get 57th message AttributeCount = msg. Then obtain a count of the number of attributes that have been set on the stream. 0 represents the first message). It should be noted that only a few attributes would have been decoded for a particular message. Sample Code: Sub Main(dataStream.

Property Get MessageNumber() As Long property MessageNumber Property Get Time() As Date property Time IAXDFSD_ATTRIBUTEVALUELIST Collection of values for a given attribute. Sample Code: Sub Main(dataStream. RHS As Variant) Gets the value of this attribute 378 Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide . Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As IAxcDataset method GetDataset Property Get TagString(Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As String property TagString IAXDFSD_ATTRIBUTEVALUE Each attribute value is represented by one of these objects.AttributeValues(“Latitude”) End Sub Function Item(ByVal Index As Variant) As IAxdFSD_AttributeValue Get the attribute value Property Get Count() As Long Number of attribute values Property Get ParentStream() As IAxdFSD_DataStream The parent stream for this attribute Property Get Definition() As IAxdFSD_Attribute The attribute definition Function GetDataset(ByVal Command As String. Using this object. one can read or write to a given attribute. newAttrib) Set ValueList = DataStream. Property Get Value(Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As Variant Gets the value of this attribute Property Let Value(ByVal Index As Variant.

Property Get Count() As Long Number of array points Property Get Parent() As IAxdFSD_Message Get the parent message Property Get FormattedValue(Optional ByVal Flags As Variant. formatted as a string IAXDFSD_ATTRIBUTE Property Get Name() As String property Name Property Let Name(RHS As String) property Name Property Get FormatGroup() As String property FormatGroup Property Let FormatGroup(RHS As String) property FormatGroup Property Get GroupString() As String property GroupString Property Let GroupString(RHS As String) property GroupString Property Get _IconId() As ULong property _IconId Property Get IsArray() As Boolean Check whether attribute is an array type Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes 379 . formatted as a string Property Get Name() As String The name of the attribute Property Get LastValidValue(Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As Variant Gets the value of this attribute when it was last set Property Get LastValidFormattedValue(Optional ByVal Flags As Variant. Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As String Gets the value of this attribute. Optional ByVal Index As Variant) As String Gets the value of this attribute when it was last set.

Enumerations STREAM TYPES Public Enum EnumStreamTypes STREAM_TYPE_GSM_HANDSET=1 STREAM_TYPE_GSM_CALLTRACE=2 STREAM_TYPE_GSM_PCMLINK=4 STREAM_TYPE_CDMA_HANDSET=8 STREAM_TYPE_CDMA_CALLTRACE=16 STREAM_TYPE_CDMA_PCMLINK=32 STREAM_TYPE_IS136_HANDSET=64 STREAM_TYPE_IS136_CALLTRACE=128 STREAM_TYPE_IS136_PCMLINK=256 STREAM_TYPE_ANALOG_HANDSET=512 STREAM_TYPE_ANALOG_CALLTRACE=1024 STREAM_TYPE_CW=2048 STREAM_TYPE_PN_SCANNER=4096 STREAM_TYPE_SPECIAL_DEVICE=8192 STREAM_TYPE_AMALGAM=16384 STREAM_TYPE_IDEN=32768 STREAM_TYPE_TETRA=65536 STREAM_TYPE_COMMON=268435456 STREAM_TYPE_NONE=0 STREAM_TYPE_ALL=-1 End Enum MESSAGE TEXT FORMATTING FLAGS Public Enum MessageTextFlags MessageElementNone=0 MessageElementRaw=1 MessageElementShort=2 MessageElementLong=4 MessageElementTime=8 MessageElementFrameCount=16 MessageElementMessageNumber=32 MessageElementInfoElementHeading=64 MessageElementAbsoluteTime=128 MessageElementDate=256 MessageElementSecsTime=512 MessageElementCelllookup=1024 End Enum STATISTIC TYPES Public Enum StatisticTypes AtxIPM_StatisticType_Last=1 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Next=2 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Mean=3 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Maximum=4 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Minimum=5 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Count=6 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Mode=7 AtxIPM_StatisticType_RxQual=8 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Mean_Linear=9 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Maximum_Absolute=10 AtxIPM_StatisticType_Percent_True=11 End Enum 380 Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes Actix A Solutions User Guide .

SUPERSTREAM METHODS Public Enum SuperStreamMethod SuperStreamTypeUseDefault=0 SuperStreamTypeNoMerge=1 SuperStreamTypeEventFingerprinting=2 SuperStreamTypeCorrelatedParameters=3 SuperStreamTypeTimeOffets=4 End Enum Actix A Solutions User Guide Appendix D – FSD reference for custom attributes 381 .

297 C Call Analysis. 362 array_max. 229. 361 Add To Favorites. 169 Binning location. 98 Abis Call Analysis. 330 CDMA Event Detection. 362 array_nth_min. 96 A Handover Analysis app pack. 179 A-interface file standard setting. 98 abs. 271 creating. 207 Attribute. 27 CDMA Event Technical Reference. 166 Agilent settings. 362 array_stdev. 362 array_min. 361 abstime. 179 azimuths. 239 application packs. 202. 86 Area Select. 251 about. 173 printing reports. 169 binning and lines to cells. 280 and. 179 BinOp number. 361 array_find_index. 251 382 Index Actix A Solutions User Guide . 84. 173 saving as a web page. 355 array_count. 363 Binned Queries about. 229 Area Select map toolbar. 238. 97 A/Abis settings. 230 Annotations map toolbar. 173 running reports. 361 ad hoc analysis. 173 binning. 98 Abis Quick Analysis app pack. 94 Abis Network Design app pack. 230 Array Attributes. 179 Abis Balance and Sensitivity app pack. 97 Abis Traffic Handovers and Failures app pack. 96 building expressions. 361 Annotations. 311 bin. 173 Analysis Manger. 269 Analysis reports. 171 Automatic Import of network element data. 94 CDATA tag. 330 BLER. 92 A Subscriber Analysis app pack. 251 display CDMA PN Scanner data. 362 browsing network information. 362 array_max_index. 363 bin_index. 179 Analysis. 21 add. 238 setting and removing. 219 binning data. 251 display CDMA Handset data. 313 BSS Handover Cause by Cell report. 166 attribute picker. 362 array_nth_max. 230 Application Pack. 173 array_min_index. 28 CDMA StateTip. 218 B Batch Load Files. 104 Bookmarks moving between. 179 binning options. 173 running an Application Pack analysis.Index A A General Analysis app pack. 362 array_mean. 279 example. 171 Binning settings. 96 A or Abis Scenarios. 362 ATR file.

363 Actix A Solutions User Guide Index 383 . 217 displaying lines to cells. 177 count statistics. 236 Display on chart. 194 panning. 301 Export as Text.CDMA. 179 CellRefs . 198 Display on Table. 364 event_message. 96 Connection Failure report. 24. 364 Error Indication Cause report. 98 eval. 275 Create Network Image. 193 Charts. 254 Cell Identity. 329 Custom Attribute Manager. 261 Event Detection . 96 Connection Analysis by Cell report. 213 Cell Sites. 193 exporting. 179 Edit Series. 27 event_before. 191 Discarded LLC PDU Statistics report. 313 equals. 216 displaying cell coverage for all cells on the map. 280 example of a Crosstab Query. 274 example. 364 Evaluate Coverage. 217 displaying network graphics on the map. 105 Display Cell Identity as Hex. 303 displaying the LAC distribution of cell sites. 283 example of a Histogram Query. 364 Classmark report. 22. 179 Channel Assignment by Cell report. 105 cellrefs. 189 displaying data in. 286 example of a Statistic Query. 211. 230 Clear Cause report. 186 displaying a map background. 229 Cell Update Table report. 216 displaying only newly activated sites. 373 Decode settings. 96 Channel Assignment report. 218 divide. 189 about. 190 Display on Map. 329 Custom Ranges. 210. 363 delta. 98 correlated parameters. 275 E EcIo Threshold. 210 custom attribute definition files. 277 example of a Filter Query. 364 event_time. 290 Execute at Load Time. 230 editing charts. 174 Display Message Browser. 97 Chart Properties. 97.setting the file location. 198. 176 cursor latitude and longitude. 179 default. 229 Edit Text. 204 CustomAttribute tag.CDMA Toolkit. 217 displaying more information about cells on the map. 190 editing. 192 types. 254 about. 179 display in data window. 192 printing. 96 Connection Analysis report. 210. 207 CellRefs. 297 editing network information. 364 example of a Binned Query. 271 creating. 97 Clear. 98 Channel Type report. 96 Channel Configuration report. 179 EcIo Threshold for Delay. 277 tips. 193 editing expressions. 179 cell site sector printing problem. 192 zooming. 310 Crosstab Queries about. 330 D DATE type. 234 Display on Workbook.

98 handset source . 220 Histogram analyses about. 341. 96 GSM Application Packs. 122. 42. 84 GSM Missing Neighbour Analysis.displaying. 365 Image Export. 253 Handset Types report. 105 formats supported. 105 Flush Statistics report. 272 creating. 282 Wizard.Agilent. 330 if. 105 GPRS Gb Throughput Analysis application pack. 229 Legend. 366 less_than_or_equal. 179 greater_than. 96 F file formats supported. 285 Wizard. 266 GST file. 297 expression syntax. 364 geoinvprojectlon. 98 Handset Performance report. 96 Handover Fail Cause report. 336 Forms. 97 Headers and Footers. 272 creating. 216 Export to File. 98 Handover Messages by Cell. 194 Import Text File. 162 IS-136 example. 192 I icon reference number. 207 get. 96 Handover Settings Analysis Pack. 21 Full Load. 185 geoinvprojectlat. 95 filtering data for the SiteData Viewer. 100 General settings. 365 L Label Properties dialog. 218 Layers. 97. 98 Handovers by Target report. 273 Handover Statistics report. 342 free analysis.changing for CDMA StateTip. 365 geoprojecty. 171 importing queries. 365 Geosets. 76. 275 Intermediate file settings . 96 Handover Reject and Fail Causes report. 226 LAC distribution . 151. 359 group. 365 greater_than_or_equal. 233 filters CDMA example. 365 geoprojectx. 106 GPS Interpolation. 86 BSS Handover Matrix report. 249. 89 iDEN example. 336 filter the Workspace Explorer. 365 GPRS Gb Signaling Analysis application pack.exporting as a bitmap.export layers as TAB files. 306 histogram chart. 207 H Handover Cause report. 206. 98 Actix A Solutions User Guide 384 Index . 238 Flow Control Statistics report. 229 Legend . 215 export MapInfo files. 229 Layout. 215 exporting queries. 365 G Gb Scenarios. 216 Export Map. 166 GSM A application packs. 366 Level and Interference report. 305 find text in the Message Browser. 179 is_not_equal. 301 Expression Builder. 215 less_than. 300 improving crosstab query efficiency. 179 generating reports. 136 Filters about. 59 GSM example.

310 templates. 201 multidimensional data. 211 Map Layers.altering the. 185 Microsoft Excel reports. 171 Load Mode . 209 zoom in and out. 206 controlling layers. 273 Load Time queries. 366 offsetting multiple layers automatically. 230 automatic offset. 312 Location Update report. 230 Lines to cells. 202 selecting objects.displaying. 185 Minimal Load. 224 removing annotations from. 367 Actix A Solutions User Guide Index 385 . 211. 215 Headers and Footers . 206 legend . 239 Message Format. 196 adding annotations to. 86 Msg Breakdown report. 171 loading bitmaps into a map. 205 combining data attributes.exporting. 367 NULL. 76. 313 about. 210 changing the attribute font. 206 New Raster.setting. 208 cell sites . 98 Link Balance UL vs DL report. 366 MS Power Control Analysis Pack. 311 creating. 366 modify ranges. 218 multi-technology cells. 98 Link Balance Distribution report. 216 Loading streams into a network image. 209 Properties dialog. 313 creating new cell sites. 105 MM RA Update report. 209 Map toolbar. 96 log. 151. 207 MapInfo Workspace. 218 N Network Explorer. 220 hiding data. 220 printing. 207 MapInfo Map. 273 Minimum Valid Signal Level. 366 Message Filtering. 208 measure distances on a map. 201 merging data streams. 217 Link Balance by DL Level report. 206 exporting maps. 309 attaching. 318 importing network element data. 240 Microsoft Excel. 203 mround. 229 Units. 105 MM Detach report. 98 Load data file. 366 log10. 309 about. 315 using. 105 mod. 42. 177 message. 179 MM Attach report. 213 Projection. 18.Line. 206 changing the attribute style. 200 showing data. 105 MM Error Conditions report. 203 Line layer properties dialog.selecting. 202 adding background map files. 206 measuring distances on. 207 Annotations toolbar reference. 314 Network Images. 302 Load Time. 310 not. 302 Loaded Data Files. 301 Load Time queries .setting. 203 toolbar reference. 200 M map scale. 311 batch loading data. 105 multi-layer cells. 98 Link Balance by Timeslot report. 229 MapInfo files . 207 offsetting data. 216 MapInfo Geoset. 97. 230 Area Select toolbar reference. 208 Page Setup dialog. 207 Maps. 122. 203 Layer Control.

253 Scenarios. 303 deleting. 230 Polyline. 179 Scanner Scan Resolution. 174 reports. 192 printing problems.map. 179 Polygon. 122. 100 Scenarios . 213 cell site sectors. 18 Pilot Increment. 179 Select. 229 pan around a map. 105 Actix A Solutions User Guide product. 179 scanner source . 202. 222 printing a border round a map. 229 Select Box. 97. 200. 76. 367 prev_state. 196. 97 round. 171 Optimize Multiple Carriers.displaying. 92.changing for CDMA StateTip. 105 SM PDP Context Deactivation report. 165 SiteData Viewer. 238 Sheet Manager. 369 running the GSM Mising Neighbour Analysis. 199 panning charts. 173 power. 367 changing name of. 367 Preferences dialog. 200. 223 Print Setup dialog. 211 remove bookmarks. 202. 243 starting. 369 row. 98 queries 386 Index . 209 Properties . 179 O Open data file. 210 Protocol Stack Browser. 199 series chart. 368 Print. 258 Optimize Search Windows. 185 Roaming by Country report. 97 Roaming by Network report. 230 Polygon Select. 98 pop-up menu . 213 S Saving analysis reports as web pages. 192 PCM Link data. 355 Scan Resolution. 273 PCM Link files. 299 editing. 255 or. 298 exporting. 242 Q Quality Distribution report. 151. 171 Open Logfile. 231 SM Error Conditions report. 173 printing charts. 307 R Radius Select. 301 importing. 300 query windows. 367 prev_time_where. 348 Services Requested report. 368 roundup. 166. 223 Printing analysis reports. 228 ray lines. 230 Poor Quality Contributors report. 265 Optimize Neighbor Lists. 242 searching with. 96 set. 368 rounddown. 179 prev_message_where.editing.selecting. 179 Number of Multipaths. 173 Scan Charts. 303 Searcher Threshold. 369 set bookmarks. 230 selecting data on a map. 238 Replay.Number of Frame Errors in a Burst. 42. 368 Projection . 229 Print Map dialog. 200. 192 series properties . 267 P Pan (maps). 230 Raster Image Registration dialog. 18 performance limitations.map.

235 view series data. 187 Workspaces. 35 CDMA phone. 188 saving queries in. 151 Workbooks. 272 creating. 18 users. 339. 249 StateForms feature. 252 Text. 230 Tiled Rasters. 177 Timing Advance and Interference report. 348. 200 Actix A Solutions User Guide Index 387 . 307 TCP Traffic Type Analysis report. 42. 370 subarray_nth_min. 207 Time Charts. 97. 370 subarray_nth_min_index. 185 generating reports. 106 template . 247 swapping the data order. 35 GSM. 18 Statistics Explorer. 96 state. 170 opening existing. 71 iDEN. 105 SSS Handover Cause by Cell report. 96 SSS Handover Matrix report. 146 IS-136. 336 Symbol. 247 V view . 252 stream. 95 superstreams. 342 Time Offsets. 177. 245 selecting queries/analyses. 35 CDMA scanner. 98 Too Many Neighbors Threshold. 369 subarray_nth_max_index. 234 view statistics data. 98 W Weak EcIo Pilot Threshold. 248 sum. 370 substreams. 188 view histogram data. 235 Z Zoom In (maps).setting.generating. 229 Zoom Out (maps). 342. 106 user profile. 165 creating new. 166 Style Setting. 216 Tables view histogram data. 207 TAB files. 188 saving. 93 about the. 185 about. 179 Traffic Statistics report. 230 synchronize events and messages. 237 System Sensitivity report. 186 view statistic data. 187 view series data.changing for CDMA StateTip. 76. 170 T TAB file. 179 Timestamps. 179 WOR file. 179 Time Offsets . 355 StateForms (using). 370 summary data . 205 subarray_nth_max. 98 U UDP Traffic Type Analysis. 177 supported file formats. 117 StateForms (creating). 170 saving. 207 workbook reports. 247 sorting by column. 122. 288 Wizard. 97. 249 Statistic analyses about. 191 zooming in maps.SM PDP Context report.changing for CDMA StateTip. 165. 185 opening existing. 229 zooming charts. 248 superstreaming PCM Link/Drive Test data. 369 StateForms.

388 Index Actix A Solutions User Guide .