Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Second International Conference, GOODTECHS 2016, Venice, Italy, November 30 – December 1, 2016, Proceedings

Research Article

Radio Link Planning Made Easy with a Telegram Bot

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-61949-1_31,
        author={Marco Zennaro and Marco Rainone and Ermanno Pietrosemoli},
        title={Radio Link Planning Made Easy with a Telegram Bot},
        proceedings={Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Second International Conference, GOODTECHS 2016, Venice, Italy, November 30 -- December 1, 2016, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={GOODTECHS},
        year={2017},
        month={7},
        keywords={Telegram Bots Radio frequency planning Simulator Terrain profiles Propagation models},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-61949-1_31}
    }
    
  • Marco Zennaro
    Marco Rainone
    Ermanno Pietrosemoli
    Year: 2017
    Radio Link Planning Made Easy with a Telegram Bot
    GOODTECHS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61949-1_31
Marco Zennaro1,*, Marco Rainone2, Ermanno Pietrosemoli1
  • 1: ICTP Telecommunication/ICT4D Lab
  • 2: SolviTech
*Contact email: mzennaro@ictp.it

Abstract

Traditional radio planning tools present a steep learning curve. We present BotRf, a Telegram Bot that facilitates the process by guiding non-experts in assessing the feasibility of radio links. Built on open source tools, BotRf can run on any smartphone or PC using Telegram. Running it on a smartphone has the added value that the Bot can leverage the internal GPS to capture the current coordinates. BotRf can be used in low bandwidth environments as the generated data traffic is very limited. We present an example of its use in Venezuela.