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BSI software maps out network architectures

Sun, 05/19/2002 - 8:00pm
Roger Brown

Cable operators are being bombarded with choices for billing companies, operational support systems and workforce management software, but Broadband Services Inc. thinks it's carved a new software niche with MapVantage, an intelligent mapping, network asset management and data storage solution.

MapVantage is based on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, but adds a secure, Web-based open architecture platform to provide traditional network design and drafting, intelligent mapping of network architecture, integration with other OSS functions and secure and flexible data storage. MapVantage was designed to provide an affordable, open standards access hub for physical network data, resulting in a company-wide knowledge base that can be shared among all departments.

"Cable system operators and other network providers have been understandably slow to adopt GIS technology, given significant price and implementation obstacles," said Andy Paff, chief technology officer at BSI. "We estimate that MapVantage can reduce GIS costs by more than 50 percent, while providing greater utility and flexibility."

Developed by BSI's in-house Network Design and Integration Division, MapVantage provides features needed for intelligent network mapping and management, including data conversion, customized mapping tools and secure and flexible hosting of an open geospatial database, from which authorized users can access and share data anytime and anywhere.

Features of the system include: Traditional network design and drafting - without forcing operators to switch to a new contractor; intelligent mapping of network architecture; integration with other OSS functions, including construction, IT, operations, engineering, customer care and marketing; and secure, flexible data storage.

The package offers features such as hosting, software upgrades, and customizations that are within the capabilities of the core software, at no additional cost.

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