e-TICS Outside Plant Inventory & Design (e-TICS OSP)
Enhancing the OSP work order process from start to finish
connecting the dots
As a communications provider you invest millions of dollars in your network. Managing your facilities is critical to operations. Good facility data is an asset and becomes a tool in the hands of management to facilitate wise decisions, today and in the future. e-TICS Outside Plant Inventory & Design (OSP) manages all access and transport networks including copper, optical, coax, wireless, and FTTx. e-TICS OSP maintains end-to-end network topologies based upon modern communications logic and rules to support aerial, buried, and underground plant.
The e-TICS OSP front-end makes use of Autodesk’s AutoCAD MAP graphics engine to place e-TICS network and infrastructure objects on a spatially accurate landbase and define the network connectivity. This process is validated by engineering rules, and supported by a sophisticated Work Order process which keeps track of every part of the network’s lifecycle. The use of AutoCAD as the frontend reduces training requirements to a matter of a few hours, with e-TICS objects and menus becoming part of AutoCAD’s user interface.
All network elements (equipment, cables, terminal boxes, splitters, etc.), infrastructure elements (poles, pedestals, ducts, etc.), connectivity information, documentation (pictures, manuals, spreadsheets, permits, etc.), etc. are stored in the same Oracle database and are accessible to all departments throughout the company.
e-TICS provides redlining capabilities for field operations and analysis tools to define, segment and spatially filter information. These datasets support plant taxation, marketing analysis, and regulatory reporting. Spatial analysis, inherent to AutoCAD MAP, supports a sandbox environment with features to examine and scrutinize data from varying sources.
e-TICS OSP Features
› Network changes fully controlled and documented via Work Orders
› Progress the status of a Work Order from design to construction to as-built without redrafting
› Network objects are intelligent elements, implementing communication rules for placement and connectivity
› New designs are fully validated according to engineering rules to guarantee topologies are valid and integrity of the network
› Physical and logical connectivity
› Network trace capabilities, including traces to find available fiber strands, attenuation calculations, etc.
› Ducts management, including butterfly diagrams and duct fill
› Manages multi-technologies including copper, optical, coaxial, HFC, wireless, FTTx
› Cut sheets (in combination with e-TICS FM)
› FTTx architectures including active, PON, centralized and distributed networks
› View telecom network and infrastructure spatially referenced to a geographically accurate seamless landbase
› Attach miscellaneous documents (e.g. pictures, documents - permits, manuals, drawings, spreadsheets, etc.) directly to network objects, all stored in the same Oracle database
› Configurable user rights to manage view/edit privileges
› Ripple count to quickly update downstream cable segments
› Mid-span splicing automation with auto-generated fiber splice diagrams
› Staking sheets
› User defined tool palettes, menus, and keyboard shortcuts