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Tune in to AM/FM: PC-based auto-mapping/facilities management.

TUNE IN TO AM/FM

Telecommunications cable systems are the heart of every building. The telecomm network is, for most companies, a major property asset.

In fact, telecommunications costs alone are the third-largest expenditure in most businesses today.

On the average, most businesses move the equivalent of each telephone once a year, at a cost of $100 per move.

The resultant need for accurate and well-kept cable and wire records is obvious, yet many companies do not have the tools necessary to adequately manage and control this asset. There are several reasons for this lack of effective cable management.

MACs Your Job Now

Historically, the cost of the cable system was absorbed by the regulated telephone company and treated as part of the monthly phone bill.

The business placed minimal emphasis on up-to-date records for organized moves, adds, and changes (MACs).

Since deregulation, however, the cost of cable installation, moves, and changes is absorbed directly by the individual company. Today, businesses need control of their telecommunications facilities. They need to reduce the cost of new material, reduce installation labor, and preserve critical space.

The easiest, fastest, most cost-effective tool for managing cabling is a PC-based integrated telecomm management software system. A PC-based facilities management system can be used by a company in almost any industry segment to maximize every dollar of its telecomm investment and to make company operations more productive.

Corporations, universities, government complexes, telephone companies, building management firms, building contractors, manufacturers, and communications services all need a method to control their telecommunications facilities and reduce confusion.

So, what is a telecommunications facilities management system, and what exactly does it do for the user's business?

Working Smarter

A PC-based facilities management system (FMS) tracks cable networks from the MDF through an unlimited number of crossconnects to the final jack. It traces assigned, spare, and defective cables and pairs. It maintains all of your cable, circuit, equipment, distribution point, riser, and information. It allows you to utilize your existing plant more efficiently while eliminating redundant cable.

A PC-based FMS can manage all types of cabling systems to provide a complete method for entry of users' service requests for moves, adds, and changes. Line, equipment, and service information are automatically assigned with each new service entry. The system identifies available facilities and "reserves" them to prevent duplicate assignment.

Cable and equipment inventories are updated automatically. Wiring configurations also may be established in the FMS to support floor-level and building-wide local-area networks. An FMS lets you more effectively schedule your technicians. Respond quicker to service requests. Increase employee efficiency.

Another facet of an integrated FMS allows storage of data relating to phone- or data-service history problems. It will generate trouble reports (or tickets) containing not only the problem but the related wiring facilities.

Areas with frequent troubles can be easily identified and analyzed.

As you facilitate dispatch of pending trouble reports, you spend less on repair personnel. Statiscal reports summarizing the efficiency of repair procedures can be provided. Make informed purchasing decisions based on timely identification of plant problem areas.

AM/FM

The advent of PC-based automated mapping for facilities management (AM/FM) adds a new dimension to this emerging technology.

Each telecommunications plant record in the nongraphic database now can be linked to its corresponding graphic object in the design file. Use a graphic cursor to choose the jack or cable ID displayed on the PC's screen; the attribute information needed to manage a service order of trouble report automatically appears.

The virtually seamless interface allows both graphic and nongraphic maintenance of records for floor plans, riser diagrams, manhole diagrams, inside- and outside-plant information, tunnel drawings, building entrance facilities, floor utility closets, wall panels, and area maps.

Most facilities mapping systems also maintain architectural and engineering floor plans and related information. No other industry requires such complex connectivity as that demanded in telecommunications.

The facilities module of a complete FMS provides the tools for effective, integrated network management.

A PC-based facilities management system puts you in control. Control of your productivity.

And enough control to drive the benefits straight to the bottom line.
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Title Annotation:automated mapping/facilities management
Author:Gates, Nancy
Publication:Communications News
Date:Jun 1, 1990
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