Utilities - Government - Public Safety - Carriers - Large Enterprises
The Network Strategizer ™ provides utilities with the tools to refine strategy during the planning, design, implementation and operations phases of your communications network evolution. The Network Strategizer ™ allows utilities that are planning smart meter and smart grid programs, to have the ability to input customer locations, candidate locations and data center locations, and then to create the optimal network, The optimal communications network is the network prescribed by the Network Strategizer ™ as the most cost effective (lowest cost) network between customer sites and data centers, automatically assembled from the group of valid technologies (equipment) under study. For example, your list of valid equipment links could include the following. Actually, any equipment (or carrier service) you have technical specifications for can be used.
Vendor A --
900 MHz proprietary meter mesh technology
Vendor B --
2.4 MHz proprietary meter mesh technology
Vendor C --
under-glass WiMAX technology
Microwave Point to Point
Cellular Carrier 1’s 3G network
Cellular Carrier 2’s LTE network
Telco Carrier WAN Transport
The Network Strategizer would then pick from your list of candidate sites (for example, electric poles, light poles, radio towers, rooftops, substations, etc.) the best sites to use, and the lowest cost connectivity of the above technologies to achieve the lowest cost network. This network would meet your key performance parameters and could be your baseline architecture to guide detailed design and final implementation, with your program management and existing deep design tools.
For your multi-year plan, you simply designate the prior year’s optimal network as the current network, and add forecasted traffic, to see how the network evolves. Should changes take place during planning, design, deployment or operations phases, you simply assign that portion of your design that is “frozen” as “current” and optimize the changes only. This could be the result of, for example, an unexpectedly large amount of traffic from a particular customer, the removal of a site from the candidate site list, or the addition of new candidate sites or customer sites, etc.
The Network Strategizer can handle medium to large networks from, as few as several thousand sites, to a very large network.
The Network Strategizer ™ allows local, state, federal government, public safety and quasi-governmental organizations with the ability to model and plan their medium to large networks. Here are just three examples:
Wide Area Broadband Internet Network
Fiber versus microwave technology comparisons
Fiber versus transport WAN comparisons
Local Market Point to Multi-Point customer acquisition alternatives
Video Surveillance Network
Camera surveillance along highways
Camera surveillance at parks, schools, and crime areas
County wide networks interconnecting E911, Police, Fire, and Mayor’s office command centers
Using the Network Strategizer provides public sector organizations with the strategy tool necessary to plan, design and deploy the most cost effective expanded or new network that meets the growing list of security, public safety and public service networks currently being deployed.
These, and many more, operations and enterprises all have ever increasing communications needs for voice, data, and video communications. Their current communications networks may be nearing over-capacity or nearing end-of-life. Network expansion or renovation may be necessary in the coming months or years. The Network Strategizer ™ allows these organizations the capability necessary for leading and guiding design teams in-house or outsourced. Vendors, contractors, consultants and carriers can be led by The Optimal Network Methodology ™ and output of the Network Strategizer. The tool and methodology directs and focuses these resources on the various facets of the plan, design or implementation. For example, The Optimal Network derived from the Network Strategizer automatically prescribes access links and their technology(s), distribution links and their technology(s), backbone and core links with their technologies. Then specialized design teams with their specialty design tools (wireless, GIS, switching routing, network management, etc.) can then take the prescribed strategy, and through a process of iteration, complete the detailed plan, design or implementation blueprint change. The design will then be Optimal, that is, a network that meets performance requirements at automatically minimum total life cycle capital and operating costs.
Organizations and enterprises require communications, computer and sensor networks to operate their wide area operations, fleets, and infrastructure. A few of the many examples are:
Carriers can benefit from The Optimal Network Methodology™, along with the Network Strategizer ™ tool.
Wireless Carriers are currently expanding their networks with small cells due to the overwhelming success of smart phones, tablets and other services offered by these networks. With this success however comes the need to add capacity without, in many cases, the benefit of more spectrum. The only way to do this is by reusing frequencies in ever smaller cell sites. This causes a very large increase in small cells across the city that all need communications links back to the network, and network operations centers (NOCs). These links must be brought back via the most cost effective means. Also the forecasted growth must be factored into the strategy to allow the distribution, backhaul and backbone layers to have sufficient capacity over the planning horizon. Certain venues are very high traffic areas, including hotels, stadiums, and cruise ships to name a few. These areas are prime locations for various types of small cells including micro cells, pico cells, femto cells, and Wi-Fi access points. These cells offload high bandwidth traffic such as video, and allow the carrier the ability to deliver services in a reliable high quality manner, without congestion or outage. The Network Strategizer ™ can deliver optimal network architectures for the small scale, small cell to macro cell backhaul problem, the medium scale, citywide small cell vendor selection problem, and the large scale regional backhaul and transmission backbone problem. The Network Strategizer ™ allows a higher order of strategy development, design team guidance, and vendor selection using a top down, holistic solution approach, with a quick ‘what if’ capability, and effective visualization and optimization of these highly complex, very large scale networks.