Today it is difficult to imagine managing any telecommunications network without the use of a Telecoms GIS. Over the last few years, mapping has become an indispensable tool for optimizing the deployment, operation, and maintenance of telecoms networks. Which GIS features are most useful for managing a telecoms network? Which ones will soon become essential?
In order of priority, the essential features of a telecoms GIS are asset data request, management of optical route assignments, and schematic display of the network.
The primary objective of a telecoms GIS is to exhaustively inventory assets, leading to a very large number of objects and information in the database. It is therefore essential to have the ability to easily request these assets so that the wealth of information created and stored is accessible by users and not hidden in the depths of the database.
This command, simple and ergonomic, makes it easy to create things such as attribute and/or topological filters (searching for mapped objects or content objects) without using SQL/Oracle language. It also allows actions to be performed on the search results to export the information into CSV or DXF formats, or publish object files in a special report.
Managing the assignment of optical routes gives a global overview of all optical routes transiting across the telecoms network. As such, on an FTTH network, the succession of optical fibers connecting point A and point B can be identified and their status monitored (free, reserved, assigned, out of service) while associating with it customers who are already connected or customers who could potentially be connected to it.
This feature is very useful when connecting a new customer. In addition, in the event of an incident occurring to an object on the network (cables, boxes), assigning telecoms routes makes it possible to instantly identify affected customers and quickly implement a recovery strategy.
A schematic display of the telecoms network visualizes optical routes from their node of origin through to their end node, and all objects they pass through. On an everyday basis, this navigation is an important tool for staff in the field and for design agencies.
Being able to navigate an optical route on the diagram and dynamically consult the files of the objects traversed is very helpful for users in their work. This diagram can also be sent directly to field teams responsible for maintaining the network.
Today, the trend is towards developing two new key functions: the synchronized import of data and updating connections in the field.
When an organization begins to deploy its fiber optics, it works with multiple parties at all project levels. Due to this, managing the import of data is generally quite complex, and the constant changes in data must be monitored to ensure they do not interfere with other objects. Coordinating all parties involved in the project requires that this data is exchanged synchronously to ensure the database is up to date with the latest developments in the network.
The feature would offer mobile employees the ability to carry out connection-related procedures (patching, cabling, splicing) online or offline. In practice, this would allow field technicians and design engineers to collect and access the information or even modify data directly from the field (work orders, reports). This function would aid teamwork and update the database in real-time, facilitating customer connections.
Telecoms GIS must constantly evolve to meet the needs of both managers and customers. Objective: facilitating the deployment, operation, and maintenance of telecoms infrastructure networks. More in line with the realities of the field, future GIS features could make it possible to visualize the points to be connected per FTTH zone, directly associate an external address database with GIS objects, or optimize the routing of cables according to the configuration of the network.