Globema’s Physical Route Manager (PRM) is an add-on module for GE Smallworld Physical Network Inventory. Now our module has an accompanying integration product called PRM API. This new tool enables remote access to information about network feasibility and improves telco service provisioning.
About Physical Route Manager (PRM)
Physical Route Manager (PRM) is a module extending the functionalities of the Physical Network Inventory application. PRM lets you group interconnected physical resources (such as fibers, ports, or splices) into easily manageable routes.
Such routes reflect usage patterns of telco network resources for data transmission services and fiber leases.
PRM API – remote access to information about fiber routes
We created PRM API to enable remote access to information about fiber routes. Before, acquiring data about network feasibility and managing its capacity required access to the inventory system’s client. With the API, these operations can be completed remotely through another system integrated by PRM API.
Here are examples of such integrated systems:
- A CRM system that can be used to automatically verify options for service provisioning at a given address and estimate provisioning costs.
- A Field Service Management system that can be used to verify a list of services affecting particular physical resources.
For now, PRM API helps improve two major processes:
- Analyzing the network in terms of Service Fulfillment – PRM API allows you to perform a feasibility check for a given address, reserve a path between two locations, and update service parameters.
- Reporting network availability that supports Service Assurance processes.
PRM API provides remote access to technical details of services. Any given address or particular network element can be verified in terms of such service details.
In case of an outage, you can immediately access the report about affected services. You can find the report in an integrated mobile app for field service technicians.
What benefits does PRM API provide?
With PRM API, you can remotely estimate network feasibility for telco services. To perform a feasibility check, you no longer need to visit network sites or open your inventory system. This results in…
Reduced time for completing initial estimations about service availability (technical surveys). With direct access to network feasibility data stored in BSS systems, information about network and service availability can be immediately put to use.
Automated service provisioning cost estimations.
Reduced service provisioning time and improved service reliability. Service data can be shared with other domain systems.
Improved quality of service data. Sharing data across all company systems results in improved quality of data documentation.
Further development of PRM API
We continue our work on further enhancements. In the future, we will expand PRM API with features that will allow users to…
- Create a service based on a given set of resources (cables/splices/etc.)
- Download service routing results as a KMZ file
- Update a PRM Issue path (e.g., add a parallel fiber)
- Obtain the more detailed information on the nearest fiber optic equipment related to PRM
- Download a list of incoming cables connected to a given location, including data about optic routes inside the cables
- Download a list of fiber optic equipment (splices/panels) or a given location (housing)
- Automatically create a splice on an optical cable to connect a customer
- Update data about a splice
- Fetch splice schematics in Optical Network Atlas
You can find more information about the Smallworld network inventory system here.
Do you already use the Smallworld system and have a suggestion for improving PRM API? Contact us!