spatialNET

An enterprise solution for planning, designing, and managing communications network assets

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spatialNET is a core component of the spatialSUITE solution portfolio that efficiently manages physical network inventories for communications service providers around the world. Planners, designers, and engineers utilize spatialNET for its sophisticated communications design and engineering tools, but the system’s scalable information model also delivers current and accurate network asset data to users across the enterprise as well as systems that require access to asset information, including ERP,finance, project management, billing, provisioning, order management, and other critical OSS functions. spatialNET supports the creation and management of accurate network asset data, and through its data management capabilities facilitates effective business decisions and enhances operational efficiency in every department.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Increased efficiency in drafting and design shortens the time from build-out to activation and increases revenue opportunities
  • Equipment dictionaries and design profiles enforce standards and ensure networks are built as designed, reducing construction, as-built, and maintenance costs
  • Precise spatial positioning of equipment reduces underground locate costs and prevents costly cable cuts and other faults due to poor documentation of asset locations
  • Detailed documentation of assets allows for optimal provisioning of network equipment
  • Up-to-date reporting of network assets reduces the need for field audits and lowers MTTR since fewer truck rolls are required
  • End-to-end network connectivity model enables fast location of faults, losses, and outages and efficient resolution of network issues

Design and Manage the Complete Physical Network Inventory

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spatialNET provides engineers with a familiar, CAD-based platform for designing fiber, HFC, and twisted-pair communications networks. But unlike typical CAD-based systems that save data in distributed flat files, spatialNET manages data in a fully configurable, spatially enabled information model that interactively records detailed information for every network asset. Within the application, spatialNET includes configurable tools to help users design networks and manage asset data efficiently, including:

  • An intelligent graphical design interface that renders network component details in a real-world, visual environment and models full, end-to-end connectivity through all cables, buildings, structures, and equipment
  • Design automation functions that suggest appropriate equipment types, preventing design mistakes and simplifying the design process
  • Interactive design tools that leverage standard CAD functions for efficient placement of network equipment and automatic management of data and annotation placement
  • Intelligent equipment association that dynamically connects network assets to support structures and associated addresses and automatically recalculates strand and cable lengths as the network is updated
  • Complete, fully configurable equipment dictionary templates with designed attributes that standardize design and enforce engineering standards
  • Customizable design profiles that allow designers to create and use equipment dictionary groupings to manage design specifications
  • Active equipment modeling that preserves network integrity throughout the design and as-built process by showing equipment as it exists in the real worl, with business rules enforced to ensure proper configurations are maintained
  • Accurate bill of materials (BOM) reports generated from detailed designs to facilitate planning and inventory management
  • Unique asset identifier management, including serial numbers, bar codes, RFID tags, and CLLI codes

Fiber Network Design and Management

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spatialNET is a leader in fiber network design and includes a rich fiber network model that supports variety of active (Active Ethernet) and passive (PON, GPON) fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment architectures as well as fiber backhaul networks. In addition, fiber microduct network architectures can be efficiently designed in spatialNET, with a completely connected model of connected ducts that can be managed over time to document capacity as ducts are filled at each phase of project roll-out. Specific design and management features built into spatialNET for fiber networks include:

  • Detailed modeling for fibers, buffer tubes, and ribbon cables
  • Complete modeling for fiber sites and Inside Plant (ISP) networks
  • Channel multiplexing on individual fibers for CWDM and DWDM
  • Advanced capacity management, planning, and ring-modeling for identifying diverse network paths
  • Fiber location capabilities with available physical capacity (dark fiber) and logical capacity (unused wavelengths or channels)
  • “Master circuit” configurability for network elements, enabling physical bearer support for logical inventory systems
  • Reporting and integration capabilities for network-to-address and network-to-device functionality
  • Advanced network management for splicing details
  • Complete length management for aerial and underground cables, loops, and risers
  • Complete tracking of usage, ownership, and priority

RF Network Design and Management

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With advanced route design, splicing, cable and associated equipment management capabilities, spatialNET can model HFC networks and RF signals, amplifiers, and power from the central office or head end, through the field, and all the way to the customer premises. spatialNET’s integrated design capabilities help network designers build networks that meet increasing customer demand for high-bandwidth data, telephone, internet, video on demand, and HD television services. spatialNET’s design capabilities for HFC networks include:

  • Automatic signal-leveling to correctly calculate and propagate signal levels across the network
  • Color-coded visual warnings for tracking selected signal-level tolerances on all equipment and cables
  • Tracking of individual fiber-to-buss port assignments at the node
  • Automatic configuration and placement of taps and passive devices
  • Centralized and distributed power support and forward- and return-path management for all HFC architectures

Copper Design and Management

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spatialNET also manages copper loop networks, enabling operators making the transition from copper to fiber networks or managing a hybrid network such as fiber to the curb with VDSL runs to the home to leverage a single network asset management platform. For copper networks, spatialNET supports:

  • Inline equipment location (load coils, bridges, taps, and others) support next-generation services like ADSL and IPN
  • Detailed reporting on loop composition and DSL service qualifications, with upstream and downstream tracing at the sheath or circuit level
  • Definitions for special usages (T1, DSL) or copper pairs to keep physical records current and accurate
  • Complete tracking and management of ducts, conduits, and manholes, along with associated lease agreements and Continuing Property Records (CPR)
  • End-to-end connectivity for tracking physical-bearer and special-usage information, providing the full physical path for integration with logical inventory systems

Inside Plant (ISP) Design and Management

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spatialNET seamlessly models end-to-end network connectivity from inside plant to outside plant, with full tracing capabilities through any ISP site, including head ends, cable term panels, central office, and node sites. spatialNET supports the ISP network at the rack, shelf, chassis, card, and port levels through internal cabling, riser diagrams, and distribution frames to cross-connects and ONUs, and finally out to the subscriber’s premises.

spatialNET’s drag-and-drop functionality properly connects cables with equipment, and clearly defined business rules ensure accurate connections. Complete connectivity modeling through ISP sites enables accurate location of outages and precise determination of available service offerings and network capabilities. spatialNET’s unique ISP features include:

  • Seamless connectivity from inside plant to outside plant
  • Physical and logical traces follow and report on the full signal path from the ISP site to the OSP network
  • Floor-plan views of buildings and other network sites, allowing real-world modeling and tracing of ISP sites within multiple-unit buildings
  • Rack elevation views generated automatically from database records
  • Schematic views showing port-to-port connectivity between devices, with feathering capabilities between floors
  • Service-level views showing how logical services are implemented within the physical network

Job Workflow Focused On Design and Engineering

spatialNET leverages a sophisticated job management system (JMS) that allows multiple users to work in the same area simultaneously for long periods of time. JMS control ensures database integrity by providing a consistent set of data during a design job, and keeps work-in-progress separate from as-built data. To help model the design workflow as it occurs in the real world, JMS also supports:

  • Creation and management of job scenarios to test design alternatives
  • Conflict detection between different job scenarios
  • A partial posting solution for the subset of a design job that actually has been built
  • The creation of dependencies between jobs to enforce the order of posting

Spatially-Enabled Asset Management Platform

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spatialNET represents the ideal convergence of CAD and spatial network asset management. While CAD-based clients provide an industry-standard design and engineering interface, spatialNET’s enterprise information model and database platform integrates network assets, geo-referenced land base, and customer information to create a complete spatially-enabled network asset management system. spatialNET supports a number of commercial land base formats and offers sophisticated tools for managing address, parcel, and street centerline data.

Working in a spatial environment enables the accurate documentation of the geographic location of each network asset relative to the land base and customer premise. Furthermore, spatial visualization and analysis tools help users understand complex relationship between assets more effectively. spatialNET optimizes the user of tabular and map-based editing tools to deliver an intuitive and efficient data management environment that improves engineering and operational productivity.

Support For Technology and IT Standards

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From an IT perspective, the spatialNET platform integrates industry-standard software solutions that contribute to an enterprise-ready technology stack. Key software technologies integrated with spatialNET include:

  • AutoCAD: The industry-leading CAD platform provides powerful yet familiar tools for drafters, designers, and engineers
  • Oracle: Powerful relational database with spatial data management capabilities that can be leveraged throughout the organization
  • Google Maps/Google Earth: Highly used and easily recognized mapping tools provide a convenient backdrop for the occasional user as well as an accessible environment for validating and studying real-world locations of network assets and their surroundings
  • Python: Open-source scripting language allows spatialNET to be customized and extended for applications that meet specific company needs
  • Flexera Licensing Software – A leader in software licensing technology, provides customers with the ability to optimize license usage and adhere to license compliance requirements

Experience the Benefits of spatialNET

The spatialNET network asset design and management platform delivers a standard, centralized, enterprise repository that maintains the current, accurate state of the network including end-to-end connectivity. spatialNET provides critical functionality to design and manage network asset data and leverage it throughout the enterprise to enhance business practices in sales, marketing, customer service, network operations, field maintenance, and others.