Cisco Location Appliance Configuration Guide, Release 3.0
Chapter 7 - Location Planning and Verification
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Location Planning and Verification

Table Of Contents

Location Planning and Verification

Deployment Planning for Data, Voice, and Location

Inspecting Location Readiness and Quality

Inspecting Location Readiness Using Access Point Data

Inspecting Location Quality Using Calibration Data

Analyzing Element Location Accuracy Using Testpoints

Using Chokepoints to Enhance Tag Location Reporting

Adding Chokepoints to the WCS Database and Map

Removing Chokepoints from the WCS Database and Map


Location Planning and Verification


This chapter describes how to plan access point deployment based on applications employed.

You can check the ability of an existing access point deployment to estimate the true location of an element within 10 meters at least 90% of the time using a location readiness calculation based on the number and placement of access points.

Details on using calibration data to examine location quality, as an alternative to using the location readiness calculation, are also described.

Additionally, details on analyzing the location accuracy of non-rogue and rogue clients and asset tags using testpoints on an area or floor map; and, using chokepoints to enhance location accuracy for tags are described.

This chapter contains the following sections:

"Deployment Planning for Data, Voice, and Location" section

"Inspecting Location Readiness and Quality" section

"Analyzing Element Location Accuracy Using Testpoints" section

"Using Chokepoints to Enhance Tag Location Reporting" section

Deployment Planning for Data, Voice, and Location

You can calculate the recommended number and location of access points based on whether data and/or voice traffic and/or location will be active.

To calculate recommended number and placement of access points for a given deployment, follow these steps:


Step 1 In Cisco WCS, choose Monitor > Maps.

Step 2 Click on the appropriate location link from the list that displays.

A map appears showing placement of all installed elements (access points, clients, tags) and their relative signal strength.

Step 3 Select Planning Mode from the menu found at the top-right of the window. Click GO.

A color-coded map summarizing contributing access points appears.

Step 4 Click Add APs to open a window to enter data necessary to calculate the recommended number of access points.

Step 5 In the window that appears, drag the dashed rectangle over the map location for which you want to calculate the recommended access points.


Note Adjust the size or placement of the rectangle by selecting the edge of the rectangle and holding down the Ctrl key. Move the mouse as necessary to outline the targeted location.


Step 6 Check the check box next to the service that will be used on the floor. Options are Data/Coverage (default), Voice and Location. Click Calculate.

The recommended number of access points given the services requested appears.


Note Each service option is inclusive of all services that are listed above it. For example, if you check the Location box, the calculation will consider data/coverage, voice and location in determining the optimum number of access points required.



Note Recommended calculations assume the need for consistently strong signals. In some cases, fewer access points may be required than recommended.


Step 7 Click Apply to generate a map based on the recommendations to see recommended placement of the access points in the selected area.


Note Check the Location services option to ensure that the recommended access points will provide the true location of an element within 10 meters at least 90% of the time.




Note If Cisco WCS is managing a controller, then all access points that join that controller should be mapped by Cisco WCS. If not, data collected by the location appliance might not be accurate. To add access points to maps, refer to the "Adding Access Points" and "Creating a Network Design" sections in Chapter 5 of the Cisco Wireless Control System Configuration Guide, Release 4.0.


Inspecting Location Readiness and Quality

You can configure Cisco WCS to verify the ability of the existing access point deployment to estimate the true location of an element within 10 meters at least 90% of the time. The location readiness calculation is based on the number and placement of access points.

You can also check the location quality and the ability of a given location to meet the location specification (10 m, 90%) based on data points gathered during a physical inspection and calibration.

Inspecting Location Readiness Using Access Point Data

To inspect location readiness using access point data, follow these steps:


Step 1 In Cisco WCS, choose Monitor > Maps.

Step 2 Click on the appropriate floor location link from the list that displays.

A map displays showing placement of all installed elements (access points, clients, tags) and their relative signal strength.


Note If RSSI is not displayed, you can enable AP Heatmaps under the Layer menu (top-left).


Step 3 Select Inspect Location Readiness from the Select a command menu found at the top-right of the window. Click GO.

A color-coded map appears showing those areas that do (Yes) and do not (No) meet the 10 meter, 90% location specification.


Inspecting Location Quality Using Calibration Data

After completing a calibration model based on data points generated during a physical tour of the area, you can inspect the location quality of the access points. To inspect location quality based on calibration, follow these steps:


Step 1 In Cisco WCS, choose Monitor > Maps.

Step 2 Choose RF Calibration Model from the menu found at the top-right of the window. Click GO.

A list of calibration models appears.

Step 3 Click the appropriate calibration model.

Details on the calibration including date of last calibration, number of data points by signal type (802.11a, 802.11 b/g) used in the calibration, location, and coverage are displayed.

Step 4 At the same window, click the Inspect Location Quality link found under the Calibration Floors heading.

A color-coded map noting percentage of location errors appears.


Note You can modify the distance selected to see the effect on the location errors.



Analyzing Element Location Accuracy Using Testpoints

You can analyze the location accuracy of non-rogue and rogue clients and asset tags by entering testpoints on an area or floor map. You can use this feature to validate location information generated either automatically by access points or manually by calibration.


Note By checking for location accuracy, you are checking the ability of the existing access point deployment to estimate the true location of an element within 10 meters at least 90% of the time.



Note Before starting this process, be sure to have the MAC addresses and locations for all elements within the area or floor to be analyzed. You need this information when placing the testpoints on the map. If analyzing location after calibration, you should analyze the location accuracy of at least as many elements entered during calibration.



Note The Advanced Debug option must be enabled on both the location appliance and WCS to allow use of the location accuracy testpoint feature.


To enable the advanced debug option and to assign testpoints to a floor map to check location accuracy, follow these steps:


Step 1 Choose Location > Location Servers.

Step 2 Select a location server from the All Location Servers window that appears.

Step 3 Select Advanced Parameters from the Advanced menu of the Location Server General Properties window (Figure 7-1).

Figure 7-1 Location Server General Properties Window

Step 4 At the window that appears, scroll down to the Advanced Parameters section (Figure 7-2).

Figure 7-2 Location Server > Advanced Parameters Window

Step 5 Check the Advanced Debug box to enable the feature. Click Save.


Note If the Advanced Debug check box is already checked, you do not need to do anything further. Click Cancel.


You now must enable the Advanced debug level at the Maps level.

Step 6 Choose Monitor > Maps (Figure 7-3)

Figure 7-3 Monitor > Maps Window

Step 7 Select Properties from the Select a command drop-down menu. Click GO.

The Maps > Properties window appears (Figure 7-4).

Figure 7-4 Maps > Properties Window

Step 8 Select Enable from the Advanced Debug drop-down menu. Click OK.

You are returned to the Maps summary window. You are now ready to assign testpoints to a selected area or map.

Step 9 Choose Monitor > Maps. Select the area or floor you want to analyze from the map summary that appears.

The selected area or floor appears (Figure 7-5).

Figure 7-5 Selected Area or Floor Map Chosen at Monitor > Maps Window

Step 10 Select Position TestPoint from the Select a command drop-down menu (top-right). Click GO.

A blank map of the selected area or floor appears for testpoint assignment (Figure 7-6).

Figure 7-6 Position TestPoint Assignment Window

Step 11 Move the red cross hair cursor (top-left) to the map location that corresponds to the element.


Note Instead of using the cursor, you can enter the horizontal (Horz) and vertical (Vert) coordinates of the asset tag or client to mark its location.


Step 12 Select the MAC Address (MAC Addr) associated with that element from the drop-down menu. Click Preview to verify location. Click Save to finalize placement.

A pop up box appears confirming addition of the testpoint.

The red cross hair cursor returns to the upper left hand corner after placement is confirmed. You are ready to mark additional testpoints.

Step 13 Repeat steps 11 and 12 for each client or asset tag testpoint you want to add to the map.

Step 14 Click Analyze to determine location accuracy of the entered testpoints.

A pop up window appears providing accuracy information.


Using Chokepoints to Enhance Tag Location Reporting

Installing chokepoints provides enhanced location information for active RFID tags. When an active CCX version 1 compliant RFID tag enters the range of a chokepoint, it is stimulated by the chokepoint. The MAC address of this chokepoint is then included in the next beacon sent by the stimulated tag. All access points that detect this tag beacon then forward the information to the controller and location appliance.

Using chokepoints in conjunction with active CCX compliant tags provides immediate location information on a tag and its asset. When a CCX tag moves out of the range of a chokepoint, its subsequent beacon frames do not contain any identifying chokepoint information. Location determination of the tag defaults to the standard calculation methods based on RSSIs reported by access point associated with the tag.

Adding Chokepoints to the WCS Database and Map

Chokepoints are installed and configured as recommended by the Chokepoint vendor. When the chokepoint is installed and operational, you can add the chokepoint to the location database and positioned on a Cisco WCS map.


Note Chokepoints are managed by the chokepoint vendor's application.


To add a chokepoint to the WCS database and appropriate map, follow these steps:


Step 1 Choose Configure > Chokepoints from the main menu (top).

The All Chokepoints summary window appears (Figure 7-7).

Figure 7-7 All Chokepoints Summary Window

Step 2 Select Add Chokepoint from the Select a command menu (Figure 7-8). Click GO.

The Add Chokepoint entry screen appears.

Figure 7-8 Add Chokepoint Window

Step 3 Enter the MAC address, name, and coverage range for the chokepoint.


Note The chokepoint range is product-specific and is supplied by the chokepoint vendor.


Step 4 Click OK to save the chokepoint entry to the database.

The All Chokepoints summary window appears with the new chokepoint entry listed (Figure 7-9).

Figure 7-9 All Chokepoints Summary Window


Note After you add the chokepoint to the database, you can place the chokepoint on the appropriate WCS floor map.


Step 5 To add the chokepoint to a map, choose Monitor > Maps (Figure 7-10).

Figure 7-10 Monitor > Maps Window

Step 6 At the Maps window, select the link that corresponds to the floor location of the chokepoint. The floor map appears (Figure 7-11).

Figure 7-11 Selected Floor Map

Step 7 Select Add Chokepoints from the Select a command menu. Click GO.

The Add Chokepoints summary window appears (Figure 7-12).


Note The Add Chokepoints summary window lists all recently-added chokepoints that are in the database but not yet mapped.


Figure 7-12 Add Chokepoints Summary Window

Step 8 Check the box next to the chokepoint to be added to the map. Click OK.

A map appears with a chokepoint icon located in the top-left hand corner (Figure 7-13). You are now ready to place the chokepoint on the map.

Figure 7-13 Map for Positioning Chokepoint

Step 9 Left click on the chokepoint icon and drag and place it in the proper location (Figure 7-14).

Figure 7-14 Chokepoint Icon is Positioned on the Floor Map


Note The MAC address, name, and coverage range of the chokepoint appear in the left panel when you click on the chokepoint icon for placement.


Step 10 Click Save when icon is correctly placed on the map.

You are returned to the floor map and the added chokepoint appears on the map (Figure 7-15).


Note The icon for the newly added chokepoint may or may not appear on the map depending on the display settings for that floor. If the icon did not appear, proceed with Step 11.


Figure 7-15 New Chokepoint Displayed on Floor Map


Note The rings around the chokepoint icon indicate the coverage area. When a CCX tag and its asset passes within the coverage area, location details are broadcast and the tag is automatically mapped on the chokepoint coverage circle. When the tag moves out of the chokepoint range, its location is calculated as before and it is no longer mapped on the chokepoint rings. In Figure 7-15, the tag is currently out of range of the chokepoint.



Note MAC address, name, and range of a chokepoint display when you pass a mouse over its map icon


Step 11 If the chokepoint does not appear on the map, click Layers to collapse a selection menu of possible elements to display on the map. Click the Chokepoints check box.

The chokepoint appears on the map (Figure 7-16).

Figure 7-16 Chokepoints Displayed on Map

Step 12 Click X to close the Layers window.


Note Do not select Save Settings unless you want to save this display criteria for all maps.



Removing Chokepoints from the WCS Database and Map

You can remove one or multiple chokepoints at a time.

Follow these steps to delete a chokepoint.


Step 1 Choose Configure > Chokepoints. The All Chokepoints window appears.

Step 2 Check the box(es) next to the chokepoint(s) to be deleted.

Step 3 Select Remove Chokepoints from the Select a command drop-down menu. Click GO (Figure 7-17).

Figure 7-17 Removing a Chokepoint

Step 4 To confirm chokepoint deletion, click OK in the pop-up window that appears.

You are returned to the All Chokepoints window. A message confirming deletion of the chokepoint appears. The deleted chokepoint(s) is no longer listed in the window.