Critical Infrastructure Firms Can Improve Deployment Efficiency with Geospatial Designs

Sitetracker, a global deployment operations management software provider, has launched new capabilities to its solution designed to accelerate the rollout of fiber broadband by incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) data. The new solution, Sitetracker GIS Link, connects geospatial data from web GIS systems like Esri’s ArcGIS within Sitetracker’s deployment operations suite.

GIS Link will provide network operators with enhanced visibility into deployments by aggregating key metrics such as homes passed by market and servicing area. This will allow for improved collaboration between internal and external parties, helping to bring broadband to rural and underserved communities faster.

The new capabilities of Sitetracker GIS Link will also benefit telecom tower operators, solar developers, EV companies, and other infrastructure companies by allowing multiple map layers. This will reduce the need for manual analysis of wireless site candidates or solar developments, allowing companies to use their proprietary site data more effectively within their deployment operations management functionality.

With fully integrated geospatial data, GIS Link makes it easy to align planning, engineering, and construction work. The solution provides a unified, real-time workflow between stakeholders, enabling them to keep network plans aligned with construction progress and facilitating more efficient handoffs. The software eliminates manual processes and duplicate data entry, simplifying the receipt of GIS-based work plans, organization and scheduling of work, accurate capture of production progress, and quick reporting.

By leveraging Sitetracker GIS Link, critical infrastructure firms can accelerate broadband and other types of deployments to meet ambitious goals set by programs like Internet for All in the United States, Project Gigabit in the United Kingdom, and the European Union’s Digital Decade. Fiber connectivity, according to the World Broadband Association, is crucial for economic growth and citizen participation in education, business, and civic opportunities. However, the cost of deployment, regulations, and resource constraints hinder broadband deployment, particularly in rural areas and developing countries. Efficiency gains achieved through solutions like GIS Link are therefore key to critical infrastructure development.

By partnering with Esri, Sitetracker aims to bridge the digital divide and boost efficiency in the telecommunications industry. Even prior to the launch of GIS Link, Sitetracker reduced construction timeframes by an average of 31%, enabling companies to better manage projects, assets, sites, and processes on a single platform.

Sitetracker’s deployment operations management solution serves fiber network operators, contractors, and other critical infrastructure stakeholders. To learn more about Sitetracker and its capabilities, please visit their website.