ATMB chooses 1Telecomms to manage its fibre optic network
Equipped with the 1Spatial solution on Esri's ArcGIS for its landmark GIS, it was only natural that ATMB, the Autoroute Blanche concessionaire, turned to 1Spatial for the supply of the 1Telecomms GIS solution, which will help manage the deployment and operation of its new fibre-optic network along the A40 motorway.
Updating systems to increase capacity
In order to control the numerous communications equipment on the Autoroute Blanche located in Haute Savoie (tolls, variable message signs, video surveillance circuit, workstations, etc.), ATMB manages a telecommunications network, including more than 400 km of optical fibre. With the passage of the links of some historical operators and the local loop with the Sallanches and Chamonix authorities to supply the companies installed near the motorway, the current fibre network was reaching saturation. ATMB is carrying out work to lay a new network under the motorway pavement, allowing an increase in capacity and a reorganisation of operating and rental activities.
The business GIS, 1Telecomms, allows it to make an inventory and accurately capture the location and characteristics of new civil engineering infrastructures, equipment and all the connectivity of the fibre optic network as work is carried out, while initializing an exhaustive and accurate asset database, which will lead to greater efficiency in operation and maintenance missions in the future. Eventually, the fibre network should reach 800 km.
Having a single source of geospatial reference data
1Telecomms offers a multi-scale cartographic representation of the 580 km of network assets and centralizes all the asset and equipment data through specific views (detailed information sheets, synoptic view of the optical routes displaying the route of the cables and the position of the manholes, fibre and splice box matrix, predefined reports, etc.). The software provides batch data entry tools that are very useful in the deployment phase of the physical network. It allows the data to be maintained over time by controlling the updating operations so as to preserve the topology and connectivity.
Knowing in a few clicks the optical routes taken by the fibre, knowing how the equipment is connected in order to be more reactive in the event of a breakdown, carrying out a cartographic assessment of the allocation of the fibres (occupied fibres, available fibres), as well as associating the operators' contracts with the fibre and knowing the rental periods are the critical and priority issues covered by the solution.
Precise knowledge of the location of network data along the motorway will also facilitate responses to declarations of work near networks.
Patrice GREGORI, Head of Equipment Projects in the Information Systems and Technologies Department of Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc explains: « We want to have a map of all the equipment on the fibre. For each piece of equipment, the company wants to know on which fibre strand it is connected and through which site it transits. In the event of a breakdown, this makes it possible to quickly find out where the equipment is connected, by which route it transits, and to quickly generate an intervention form enabling a service provider to intervene as quickly as possible. »
A native interface with Road Asset GIS
ATMB, being already equipped and satisfied with the GIS solution for Road Asset Management (arcOpole PRO GPV) installed in 2019, has chosen to rely on the IT infrastructure already in place and thus to retain 1Spatial technologies on ArcGIS for the Telecom GIS. The advantage offered by the 1Telecomms software is that it communicates directly with the road heritage GIS and shares the information. Thus, a user who connects to the asset GIS can visualize the fibre optic networks along the route of the motorway and all the equipment associated with the network.
A tool shared by all services
Shared amongst approximately 50 web users, ATMB sees the Telecom GIS as an essential tool for collaboration between the administrative, sales and maintenance departments. Knowing the existing assets and contracts in progress facilitates business management (marketing capacity, monitoring of agreements, monitoring and renewal of rental contracts, etc.). Having the characteristics of the equipment speeds up the interventions of the technical teams who want to know who is affected and how to repair during an incident.
"Eventually, the aim will be to interface the Telecom GIS with the CRM software. This will enable the technical department to provide the CRM with quantities to facilitate invoicing. On the other hand, the administrative department will be able to communicate invoicing information to the technical departments. The software can already automatically generate quantities by operator," says Patrice GREGORI.
Data Migration and Integration
The data migration process consisted of the qualification, recovery, structuring and integration of Civil Engineering and Optical Fibre data in the Bonneville and Cluses areas. The data recovery was done in conjunction with 1Spatial project managers who have a high level of expertise in structuring complex business data.
For the integration of the newly created data, the process is simple. All civil engineering information is collected by the surveyors, who use a pre-defined graphic chart to provide the plans in SHP format. These plans are checked via scripts made with the ETL DataInterop for validation and error detection. Finally, the data is pushed into the production database. The layout of the cabling and the entry of the optical fibre up to the connector is entered directly into the application by ATMB's external service provider in charge of the installation, via secure remote access.
1Spatial supplied, installed, mapped and configured the software solution, integrated the data, installed the 1Telecomms solution and the ArcGIS Enterprise base, and supported the customer with the transfer of skills and training necessary for the success of the project.
The open and highly customizable solution was tailored to meet the project specifications. The customer was able to express his functional and technical requirements and 1Spatial's project manager translated these requests into parameters, in order to deliver a complete and ready-to-use solution.
Patrice GREGORI, Equipment Project Manager, Information Systems and Technologies Department
comments “The tool helps us and will help us to facilitate the work of updates, as well as to manage maintenance and breakdowns. The software allows us to save time in research. We would like to thank the team, from the sales person to the project manager, because everyone took the time to help us and this is very much appreciated. Nice tool and very good team”
About ATMB :
The Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc (ATMB) company is constantly on the lookout for new modes of transport. By crossing the mountains and narrowing the territory, it brings its drivers closer together by reducing their travel time, while ensuring their safety.
Located in the heart of the Alps and at the base of Mont Blanc, ATMB has more than 340 employees for the Autoroute et Route Blanches (A40 and RN205). It also serves Switzerland via two cross-border motorway links (A411 and A41) and Italy via the Mont Blanc Tunnel, for which it holds the concession with its Italian counterpart SITMB.
ATMB is owned by the State, local authorities and private shareholders. It holds a concession contract with the French State until 2050.