OUR FES-IQ software platform delivers dramatic cost savings and improvements in performance and efficiency through application specific business intelligence and predictive analytics.

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FES leverages its advanced FES-IQ software suite to squeeze more capacity from limited network and capital resources. FES-IQ also delivers dramatic improvements in network efficiency and performance. FES software is built on our foundation of RAN and core network engineering subject matter expertise.

FES-IQ features include network capacity and performance forecasting, crowd-sourced RF and data consumption measurement analytics, and replay of network performance over time. Utilizing these features together is very useful for small cell and 5G network design where site placement is critical.

Indoor and Outdoor Measurement Data

Assessing coverage, performance, and demand both indoors and outdoors over a large area has been expensive, if not impossible, until now. The FES-IQ Virtual Benchmark tool processes crowd-sourced measurements to rapidly assess all networks and technologies, even inside individual buildings. FES VBM also analyzes how much data is being used on each network and how much data is being consumed per app.

Challenges with Existing Methods

Professional drive and walk test gear is expensive. Test handsets, scanners, antennas and cables break frequently, ruining the test. Complicated test equipment requires experienced individuals to operate, process, and analyze the data. Furthermore, drive test data is collected one time and only on publically accessible streets, or in the case of walk testing, only where access is granted by the building owner.

Tools that attempt to locate users using network delay measurements have high location error, often placing users in improbable locations like forests and oceans. Drive and walk test gear gathers no demand or user behavior information, such as locations where data is being consumed heavily or which apps are driving data use by customers in the area.

Introducing FES Virtual Benchmarking

FES VBM continually measures network service from millions of ordinary users. This offers truly unbiased, objective identification of network performance and user behavior. FES VBM is able to assess service inside individual buildings and compare multiple networks against each other. 

FES VBM Features

  • 10 Meter Resolution
  • RF Measurements on all cellular networks and technologies (2G, 3G, 4G)
  • Cell ID Maps
  • Data Usage on all networks (individually and combined, cellular and WiFi)
  • Difference Maps (Network A vs Network B)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Views
  • Optimization Priority Maps
  • Layer Import - Import map layers from other tools
  • Google Earth Export
  • Four Background Map Views: Satellite, Terrain, Night and Normal

FES VBM Packages

  • Simple online tool accessible from any computer browser, tablet, or smartphone
  • Processed map layers for import into other GIS tools
  • Virtual Benchmark Analysis of Cities, Campuses, and Buildings, including usage per app
  • FES VBM + FES Engineering Services Bundled Solution


Network Design Managers:

Place new small cells based on indoor and outdoor coverage and demand. Assess coverage and performance of competing networks and include in design decisions. To sustain performance, determine whether capacity can simply be added to existing macro site or more expensive indoor solution is needed.

Network Performance Managers:

Assess indoor and outdoor wireless performance with 10 meter resolution. View prioritized areas that can be improved through optimization.

Sales and Marketing:

Identify areas of competitive strength and high user concentration. In these areas potential customers can be easily switched to your network. Identify areas of poor service and avoid marketing spend there.

FES-IQ also allows the import data such as planned sites, friendly landlords, fiber runs, coverage predictions, and drive and walk test data for improved and comprehensive decision making. FES-IQ is accessible on computers, tablets, and smartphones.