Using Google Earth terrain data to plan wireless networks

Because of the irregular terrain around the world and the inability for wireless signals to penetrate it, planning wireless technologies can be difficult. A few years ago we saw how Clif Guy used Google Earth to plot locations that needed access, but today we’re looking at the Wireless Networks Planning Tool (WiNPT) that makes excellent use of Google Earth terrain to help with network planning.


In short, their Radio Coverage Prediction Tool uses Google terrain elevation data to calculate the coverage for each wireless base station. The user can see easily which are the better places to build the base stations, along with the possible terrain obstacles. Here’s a video showing a bit more about how it works:

You can learn more about WiNPT on their website, their Facebook page, or on their Google+ page.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. One more great project over google earth from Portugal developer!

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