GIS software, Outside Plant and Network Map

The world’s most innovative GIS software that easily 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. 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 be integrated with almost any background data provider, such as Google, Openstreet Maps, Bing, ESRI, government geo data, etc.

Unique features

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Interface easily 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.

  • Have full control of all connection types. Easily add, edit and manage all objects using the user interface.
  • Create reports and workpacks of your network maps.
  • Create automatic Bill of Materials overviews.
  • With its unique multi create functions, users gain efficiencies in engineering networks.
  • Plan and maintain your physical inventory outside plant.
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GIS software features

View your entire network in a graphical or geographical format:

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

Each object displayed in the Network Map is associated to information from the database. IMS will automatically draw the connectivity 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 display more details or to perform actions

Geographical background

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

Multiple formats of background layers can be supported.

Network Map functionalities

The interactive map provides the user easy access to add objects, hide or display objects  and to create exports. The IMS multi object create function, helps users to quickly engineer new networks. More information below regarding different functionalities and options in the GIS network map.

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

Highlighting connections
Connections can be highlighted on the map. This is done with a bold 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
Database objects can easily be added to the Network Map with a simple mouse click.

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

Display or hide objects
Users can choose which objects are displayed or hidden.

Auto routing
VC4-IMS has auto routing functionality can automatically find the optimum route through the network.

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

Examples:

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

  • Status of the connection (blue "planned", green "in service", purple “ready for service”, etc).
  • Type of connection (product code). Users can configure a color per type of connection/product.
  • Used capacity. IMS calculates the used capacity and displays in green (capacity available), yellow (medium capacity) or red (at or near capacity).

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

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

Navigation
Easily zoom in and out using the graphical or geographical view.

Objects
Depending on how the user’s permission are defined, the user has the ability to add, move/position, and delete objects.

Circuit draw
Users can draw a new connection from a starting node +port towards a second node. IMS will display the available ports automatically. In the 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 the 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 displayed in a geographical view. This unique combination makes it possible to perform different types of 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 IMS and facilitates your network change management. The following functionalities are available in the 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; the world’s most innovative telecom GIS application. Fully integrate your physical and logical network inventory with multiple geo backgrounds.

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