• OpenComms Designer

    GIS Network Engineering and Communications Solution

Design and manage better and faster networks

OpenComms Designer is a GIS client-based network engineering solution that enables you to plan, engineer, construct, and maintain your fiber, coax, and hybrid fiber-coax networks.

Keep up with the demand for new service and network performance with faster designs, reviews, and approvals.

OpenComms Designer enables you to easily integrate new network designs performed in-house or by contractors working either connected or disconnected. This flexible working environment reduces budget and schedule risks, all while increasing overall productivity.

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Capabilities
  • Configure communications equipment specifications

    • ​Ensure consistency across projects with configurable engineering and display specifications for equipment. Your administrators get simple user interfaces to modify and extend pre-configured equipment libraries. Support includes all requisite equipment types for coaxial, fiber, and HFC networks.
  • Create network schematics, diagrams, and reports

    • ​Publish precise documents directly from your intelligent network model. Support field work with network traces, facility diagrams, vault schematics, and more. Create bills of materials and other reports for a project, service area, or facility. Configure reports to print or import to other systems.
  • Design hybrid fiber-coax networks

    • ​Model all equipment, connections, and signal performance from the physical fiber port at the headend to the coax port at the subscriber. Leverage precision layout tools, a rich GIS environment, and real-time design verification to complete projects up to three times faster than competing solutions.
  • Design fiber networks

    • ​Design all requisite fiber architectures including FTTx. Leverage tools to support wavelength multiplexing and demultiplexing, as well as splicing and network tracing. Perform circuit allocation and bandwidth management on an individual fiber basis. Route and manage conduit within duct systems.
  • Design and document inside plant

    • ​Use templates, design rules, and equipment libraries to quickly design headends, points of presence, central offices, and other sites. Create automatic bills of material, connection, wire run, circuit, and other reports. Integrate with your outside plant designs to model the end-to-end network.
  • Integrate with work management systems

    • Integrate design work with enterprise-level planning to avoid budget and schedule issues. Configure a two-way connection with the most common enterprise work management systems. Use standard message-based interfaces to implement and maintain the integration with less effort.
  • Manage communications design workflows

    • ​Enable designers, contractors, and managers to fulfill and track work orders per your company practices. Create and assign work orders natively or through integration with your work management system. Get an instant view and notifications of pending, in-progress, past-due, and complete work orders.
  • Model networks from end-to-end

    • ​Create and maintain an end-to-end network model with integrated design and documentation of your inside and outside plant. Model connectivity between subscribers and your headend or central office. Perform network traces and access detailed engineering data for any network device.
  • Perform network engineering calculations and analysis

    • Verify RF designs with near real-time engineering calculations that update as devices are placed or edited. Speed up layout with fast analysis of optical link loss budgets, RF signal quality, and powering optimization. Visually identify devices that do not meet design specifications.
  • Review and approve communications designs

    • ​Get automatic alerts of work orders awaiting review. Use links in the work order to quickly access and review design files. Approve designs or reject with remarks in the work order and markups on the design drawing. Optionally publish approved designs to your enterprise work management system.
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