ConnectMaster™ streamlines the design, construction and documentation of telecommunications networks and supports operations with detailed views of physical and logical network services and intelligent analytic tools.

Why ConnectMaster?

All-in-one
network inventory solution

Combine passive network components, active equipment and logical network services within a unified database.

Save money in design and construction of networks

Plan and optimize network designs and network construction projects efficiently and at the lowest cost.

Powerful network operations
support

Rich features to support operations engineers and technicians in service processes for network infrastructure and network services.

Key Features

End-To-End View

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As ConnectMaster is able to document all, the passive and active network inventory as well as the – logical – data transmission services, it offers horizontal and vertical end to end views for a certain logical data transmission service.

The horizontal end-to-end view allows to follow the routing of a data transmission service through the network within one layer

The vertical end-to-end view allows you to investigate crossover all layers which bearer services and which active and passive components are used by this service

Autorouting

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The autorouting assistant helps you to find your optimal fiber path in shortest time.

Taking a meshed fiber network as example, we now have the task to find a new fiber path from location A to B. Theoretically we have many different options to realize that. But in practice we need to consider, if enough free fibers would be available in each section and also want to take technical frame conditions like maximum damping, maximum number of nodes passed, minimum new splices, minimum patches, etc. into account.

Projects & Cost Management

Keep control on project timeline, responsibilities, progress and cost.

To support that, ConnectMaster provides tools for project management and bill of materials,  operational and project activity cost and additional project cost.

Planning & Change Management

The extended user rights management and the database versioning mechanisms make sure, that the operational as is network is not impacted by the several planning- and engineering projects.

Several users of an engineering team can create and work on independent planning projects in parallel.

After having done the quality check of the implemented project, the as-built documentation of the new network inventory can be transferred to the live network documentation by a controlled workflow.

Geo WMS Adapter

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You will value this feature to avoid site surveys in early engineering stages of a network construction project performing a desktop survey instead.

 

Impact Analysis

Impact Analysis is a great tool to simulate and predict the impact of unplanned or planned outages of network components.

You can start simulation on every layer of your network and will get as result, which physical or logical services are impacted. In the analysis the individual protection of each network service is taken into account.

Looking on the time schedule, also multiple events can occur in parallel. With the „Time-based Impact Analysis“ also multiple parallel events can be checked if they would lead to an operational problem.

Single Point of Failure Analysis

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Check for 2 or more network services, which common network components are used and which redundancy weak points arise thereby.

In operations this feature also can be used for fault correlation of multiple disturbed services checking which common components are used … one of that common components could be the root cause for the multiple outage of the services.

OTDR Fault on Map

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Based on OTDR measurement navigate your technicians out in the field to the fault location.

 

Core Modules

Physical Network Inventory Management

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Passive network infrastructure

Fibre and copper connectivity
Fiber optic and copper cable components
Tube/pipe and housing components
Locations and routes

Active network infrastructure

Multiplexers, switches, routers

Active network power supply infrastructure

Power circuits, uninterruptable power supplies, batteries

Logical Network Services Management

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Document data transmission services between the ports of the active systems with its hierarchical mapping rules using the essential network technologies like

WDM
OTN
PDH/SDH/SONET
ETHERNET
MPLS
IP

Use the End-to-End View capabilities to explore which and how passive infrastructure components are related with the logical services.

Business Support Services Management

Document the necessary information to relate the network inventory and services with your customers

Companies
Departments
Contacts
Contracts

 

Extension Modules

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Geographic & Schematic Network View

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Visualize your network using a geographical and schematic user interface with direct access into the inventory database, and export overviews and detailed diagrams and plans.

Design & Engineering

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Use powerful tools to support network design, engineering, and project management

Planning & Change Management
Autorouting for new fiber or copper wire – connections
Automated, rule – based design and engineering of FTTx networks
Projects & Cost Management.

 

Operations Support

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Smart tools support the processes change management, event management, incident management and capacity – management:

OTDR Fault location determination
Impact Analysis
Single Point of Failure Analysis
Utilization calculation.

 

Reporting, Integration & Application Control

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A rich and configurable reporting, integration and application control functionality is available:

Report generation for all tabular, schematic and geographic views

Integrate ConnectMaster into your OSS/BSS environment by use of the ConnectMaster integration services DSE or API. Keep the logical services inventory up-to-date by synchronizing it with the respective network management systems of the technology suppliers

Control the access to the documentation of parts of the network by use of Network Segmentation and enhance the auditability of inventory management using the History module