GIS, Outside Plant and Network Map

World’s most innovative software that combines GIS with active and logical networks.

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Gain greater insights using interactive maps

VC4 Telecom GIS software offers unique capabilities to manage your fiber and copper networks. Interactive maps provide you with location-based graphical and geographical representation of your network. The IMS will draw the connectivity automatically based on the information stored in the database.
VC4-IMS uses its own geo-database and is not dependent on other GIS tools, like ESRI or MapInfo. However it can integrate with almost any background data provider, such as Google, Openstreet Maps, Bing, ESRI, government geo data, etc.

Unique features

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Interface with different GIS-geo background data providers (i.e. Google maps, Bing, OpenStreet Maps, ESRI, government specific)

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Fully integrated with network inventory, physical, logical, active and passive network, workflow, impact analytics, etc.

  • Get easily insight in all kind of connection types, highlight, add objects or turn them off.
  • Create reports and workpacks of your network maps.
  • Create automatic Bill of Materials overviews.
  • With its unique multi create functions, it helps users to quickly engineer networks.
  • Plan and maintain your physical inventory outside plant.
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Features GIS software

Different kinds of network objects can be viewed in a map, such as:

  • Equipment
  • DDF/ODF
  • Manholes and splice-boxes (joints)
  • Connections / services
  • Link to other maps
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Interactive map

Each object in the Network Map is an object retrieved from the database. IMS will draw the connectivity automatically based on the information stored in the database. The Network Map is interactive, so that the objects can be opened directly from the map.

Example of Network Map, graphical

Example Network Map, geographical

A right mouse menu is available on each object to find more details or to do certain actions

Geographical background

VC4-IMS works with different GIS/geo background data providers, such as Openstreet Maps, Google, Bing, ESRI, backgrounds from government.

Other type of background layers can be supported as well.

Network Map functionalities

The interactive map provides you easy access to add objects, to turn objects on/off and to create exports. Its multi object create function helps users to quickly engineer new networks. Read below about different functionalities and options in the GIS network map.

Connection types
A user can decide what types of connections needs to be drawn per Network Map. For example, in a MPLS map, only show MPLS type of connections, in a fiber map, only fiber network connections, etc.

Highlighting connections
Connections can be highlighted in the map. This is done with a thicker green line.

All network connection layers can be highlighted. For example VLAN, L2VPN, 2MB, etc. Work paths are highlighted in green, protection path with a red line.

Example of a highlighted VLAN on a geographical map

Example of a 2MB in a graphical map

Add objects
Objects are placed on the network map automatically when a user creates those objects using the Network Map. Additionally, objects can be added to a network map using a menu option.

Exports
Network Maps can be exported in KML/KMZ format and Autocad (.dwg). Reports can be generated that include pictures, such as Network Maps, equipment views, floorplans, racks, cable routes. These reports can be saved in multiple file types, for example PDF, Word, HTML.

Turn on/off objects
Users can make objects (per type) visible or invisible.

Auto routing
VC4-IMS has auto routing capabilities for automatically finding the optimum route through the network.

Multi-create functions
To help VC4-IMS users to quickly engineer new networks, the system has multiple functions to create multiple object in one action.

Examples:

  • Multi create sites including automatically retrieve address + latitude/longitude information.
  • Multi create sites, and use templates for automatically implement equipment, ODF’s, and/or spliceboxes.
  • Multi create connections and auto connect to ports.
  • Multi “patch” connections from one ODF/Splicebox to multiple ODFs. For example, for FTTH use case: to connect multiple households to one splicebox in a manhole)
  • Create in multiple sites new equipment/DDF’s/ODF’s
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Line color settings
The colors of the lines (connections) on the network Map can have different functions:

  • Status of the connection (blue is planned, green is in service, purple is “ready for service”, etc).
  • Type of connection (product code). Users can set a color per type of connection/product.
  • Used capacity. IMS calculates the used capacity and show green (enough capacity available), yellow (medium full) or red (full or almost full).

Show additional information
With tick-boxes within the menu, users may switch on/off additional information on the screen like:

All lines
In case there are multiple connections between two nodes, the IMS user can decide to see it as one line or see it as separate connections.

Navigation
The map can be moved, zoomed in and out in normal graphical view, but also in geographical view.

Objects
Once a user has appropriate user permissions, the user can add, move/position and delete objects.

Circuit draw
Users can draw a new connection from starting node +port towards a second node. IMS will show the available ports automatically. In case of fiber trench, the geo route can be drawn directly on the map.

Measure distance
Users can measure the distance within a map using point and click functionality.

Outside Plant system

Plan and maintain your physical inventory within the VC4 IMS application. Typically, the OSP functionality is used for fiber & copper network registration, Mobile RAN (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G), Microwave/Radio networks, WiFi, Wimax and Subsea cables.

VC4 IMS is world’s most innovative telecom GIS application fully integrated with physical and logical network inventory. Manage the active and logical networks (with the relation to the physical network). The logical connections and services can be seen in a geographical view. This unique combination makes it possible to perform different analysis to reduce network outages (Single Point of Failure calculations) and improve the sales activities.

OSP objects

Examples of OSP objects that can be registered:

  • Trenches
  • Ducts
  • Fiber and copper cables
  • Fiber and copper connections
  • Manholes/Handholes locations
  • Cable entries (building, manhole, BTS site)
  • Poles
  • DDF/ODF’s
  • Spliceboxes / enclosures
  • Cassettes within spliceboxes
  • Splitters
  • Any other passive equipment/component
  • Active equipment, such as: OLT, ONT/ONU - Mobile RAN (2G/3G/4G), Core - Transmission, MPLS/IP - Microwave - WiFi - Etc

GIS Functionalities

Network planning is integrated in the IMS and therefore facilitates your network change management. The following main functionalities around OSP/GIS are built in the system:

  • Network planning (locations, active and passive equipment, connections/services)
  • Network change management
  • Fault handling
  • Capacity management
  • Sales support (sell close to network)
  • Switch between geo-background and graphical view
  • Easy fiber/copper cable trench routing on the map (street level)
  • Auto routing over fiber/copper/logical layers
  • Registering the z-positions of cable routes (depth, height)
  • Single Point of Failure checks (e.g. worker and protection path configured in same fiber cable)
  • Planned Work impact analysis (which services go down due to fiber cut)
  • KML export
  • Splicing schemas
  • Full asset management of fiber/copper networks
  • Graphical and geographical end-to-end paths
  • Full point-to-point FTTx & PON network support
  • Reporting
  • Network Map functionalities as listed here

Visualize your outside plant and network infrastructure. Learn more about VC4 IMS; world’s most innovative telecom GIS application fully integrated with physical and logical network inventory and different geo backgrounds.

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