Using automation to uplevel the accuracy & speed of network deployment

The increasing pace of developing new network technologies means that network providers, managers, and engineers need to document and manage new and complex information, but methods for meeting these needs have yet to be addressed in most existing network management systems. 3-GIS takes the next step in physical network management providing solutions that create and maintain high veracity OSP data that can be leveraged throughout the service providers’ business and operational ecosystems.

Why is data management for the outside plant changing?

Optical fiber is often characterized by its light-speed, small size, lower attenuation, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. These features, paired with its virtually unlimited bandwidth potential, make optical fiber the preferred medium for both existing wireless backhaul networks and networks that need to connect to traditional fiber backhaul networks, as well as fronthaul connecting to a dense mesh of 5G small cells - figuratively depicted as the "fiber spine to wireless wings". As modern network architectures become more complex and more layers are added in quick coexisting succession, the physical network data, “Layer Zero,” needs to be more than attribution modeling, geolocation, and asset connectivity. Network data must break down data silos to create an environment that will increase the speed of network deployment and enable deep learning techniques to facilitate engineering and operational automation.

How does 3-GIS help the service providers reach their market penetration and operational goals?

3-GIS network planning and design automation solutions enable the physical fiber networks to be built faster using a geodata structure that changes the economics and sustainability of deploying fiber networks. Automation in the routing and design phases reduces risks with comparative and contingent planning, repeatable design deliverables, and project schedules with actionable predictions - producing fiber network data ready for construction. 3-GIS creates an environment for service providers to collaborate with their vendors to speed the readiness of the new construction for informed service availability and service assurance, standardization of assets, and managing the network information for rapid response and restoration.

What type of result can be achieved with automation in network design? 

3-GIS software generated a machine-prescribed route for 208 fiber miles (335 km) for a Dallas project in minutes rather than the 15 weeks first projected using traditional engineering applications. 3-GIS planning software generates the machine-prescribed route from encoded business logic so that the result is not only fast, but consistent and about 80% complete. The hand-off to a subject-matter expert for human interdiction is necessary to handle the edge cases and completed in 3 weeks. 3-GIS design software creates buildable fiber network designs with unsurpassed precision, saves up to 90% design time, and decreases the risk of human error by 75% while still providing the subject-matter expert full control of the overall design process.


The increasing pace of developing new network technologies means that network providers, managers, and engineers need to document and manage new and complex information. 3-GIS solutions meet the needs not addressed in existing network management systems and bring a speed-to-readiness for machine-informed decisions.

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