Telecommunications companies fall into the group of companies which own and manage objects of complex geometric shape and position. Regardless if those are networks of conduits, copper or fiber-optic cables, antenna pillars or distribution frames, the data that describe them are incomplete without the information obout the geometry.
Telecommunication objects are also in complex relations: a cable is in a duct, ducts are terminated in a manhole, a cable has a reserve, and an optical fibers are terminated on a optical distribution frame connectors etc. The information system which manages telecommunications network objects has to be able to efficiently consolidate geometric and spatial characteristics with classical description data of the object as well as connectivity and associativity information.
In addition to the data entry, storing and management, the information system has to have a possibility of showing the data to different groups of users in a way that consolidate tabular and spatial review through interactive maps.
INOVA GIS Platform is a modern Geographic Information System (GIS) which is specialized in managing telecommunications network objects in a way that fulfills all specified requirements.
With a long term presence in telecommunications companies, constant investing in the development and perfecting, and through the direct interaction with users, INOVA has managed to produce the software thet is tailored for the telecommunications engineers regardless if they work in the field of planning and designing or infrastructure maintenance.
CAD and GIS fusion
INOVA GIS Platform successfuly eliminates the gap between traditional CAD and GIS tools.
Communication between "DWG drawing" and GIS database is direct (both ways) without the need for any kind of additional adapters.
CAD is irreplaceable when it comes to precise technical drawing and documentation development and is preffered by vast majority of engeniers. On the other hand, GIS perceives and models the real world as a group of objects with their characteristics and relations.
TeleCAD-GIS is based on AutoCAD platform which it extends with an object model of telecommunications objects and industry specific tools. The line in TeleCAD-GIS is not just a line, but an optical cable with its own set of attributes and connectivity rules i.e. smart object.
INOVA GIS Platform is an open system based on the widely adopted GIS standards, deliberately without its own data format, thus avoiding the need for additional conversions. The base of the platform is represented by the central relational database with an open and readable model. The platform supports implementation with Oracle database and standard SDO_GEOMETRY type for storing the geometry.
Inova GIS Platform is a multi-user system where three tier architecture design pattern was applied making it a modular software package with clearly defined:
- Data tier
- Middle (Server) tier
- Presentation and editing (Client) tier
Platform is implemented with Oracle 11G Standard Edition.
No additional spatial cartridge is required!
Spatial capabilities are achieved through the use of INOVA GIS Server (IGS).
Data is stored in Oracle tables making them visible to various third party tools such as Crystal Reports, ESRI ArcView etc.
2. Middle tier (INOVA GIS Server (IGS))
INOVA GIS Server enables virtually unlimited number of concurrent users to be connected to GIS database.
Some of the IGS features are:
- Long Transactions
- Object Locking
- Project work flow
- Offline file project synchronization
- User Access rights
- Middle tire application logic
- WMS/WFS MAP Server
- Service-oriented architecture (SOA)
- Linq2SQL custom data model
3. Presentation and editing (Client) tier
The "client" is a software application which the users are in direct contact with.
Data (infrastructure) stored in the GIS database can be accessed in many different ways. What tools shall be used depends on the type of user (engeenier, manager...) as well as on their intention (editing, viewing, presenting, analysing...).
Tools (sofrware applications) can be:
- TeleCAD-GIS - main tool (designing, editing, maintaining, viewing)
- TCG Map Optics - Custom WEB and Desktop Client User control
- Web browser - Viewing content using Web Browser (data is presented through Web Portal)
- Google Earth - Viewing content using third party software
- Mobile devices - Viewing content using mobile devices
TeleCAD-GIS is the main and most comprehensive tool for working with the telecommunications infrastructure, generating reports and documentation etc. It comes as a standalone product or as a part of INOVA GIS Platform. TeleCAD-GIS is what clients (mostly engineers) see while they work with the telecommunications infrastructure including working with GIS database.
TCG Map-Optics is a component of TeleCAD-GIS. At the same ime it is available as a standalone application. It is a tool for direct viewing, analyzing and editing the data stored in the GIS database. Map view and Schematic Diagram view are used to navigate the infrastructure with ease and to perform other complex tasks such as marking the fault location (OTDR trace) or tracing the available path between arbitrary points of the network while applying different criteria. TCG Map-Optics has similar functions when used as a standalone application as it does when used within TeleCAD-GIS.
Find out more about TCG Map-Optics.,
GIS portal can be accessed with any web browser (no need for any additional plugins). It is used for viewing data stored in GIS database. This is very valuable to the people without required technical knowledge that is otherwise needed to operate tools such as TeleCAD-GIS. It is possible to control what type of information will be presented. Information can be presented internally within a company or publicly over the internet.
Engineers get a quick overview of existing infrastructure throughout the network, workers in the sales get a quick overview of all the nearest available capacity and management gets a set of reports implemented through thematic maps.
GIS Portal can be integrated with popular Internet services for maps (Google Maps, Bing, OpenStreet ...) which can be used as base maps to view GIS content.
GIS Portal allows searching of all elements of the infrastructure (distribution frames, optical interconnections, leased cables, etc.) according to different criteria and their position on the map.
It allows import of additional maps and GIS layers: an administrative division (municipality, populated areas ...), infrastructure from other domains (water supply network, power network, gas ...), cadastral maps, etc.
It contains a set of predefined tabular reports as well as reports in the form of thematic maps. Reports are configurable, no additional programming is needed to add new reports.
Viewing content using third party software (Google Earth)
GIS data can be published as a KML stream. This makes it possible to be viewed using Google Earth application.
All of the objects from the GIS database are presented as defined within Internet map server. There is no need for additional activities in the form of exporting or the preparation of objects. The data is distributed in the real time to the Google Earth clients in the KML format. Conversion between different coordinate systems is performed automatically by INOVA GIS Server (IGS).
Google Earth application enables presentation of the infrastructure from the central GIS database overlying the 3D terrain and it enables users who are not from engineering profession to have a quick and simple view into the GIS data. Access to the basic group of the description data is supported.
Viewing and editing using mobile devices
GIS database can be viewed on mobile devices using any standard web browser.
Also, object model is provided for Trimble GPS devices. This way, field workers can assign a telecommunications infrastructure objects (defined in the model) to a surveyed location or path during the field survey process itself. This way surveyed paths instantly become cables, duct banks... and locations become splice points, ODFs, telephone poles, Manholes etc.
Right there on the field, in an offline mode, infrastructure can be viewed, properties can be edited and new objects can be added. Process is completed upon the return from the field to the office by exporting surveyed data to TeleCAD-GIS. TeleCAD-GIS is then used to analyze data, fill in additional information (e.g. splicing) and update the GIS database.