Solutions for Electric Utilities

Improve Management of Mission Critical Communications Networks and IT Infrastructure

Benefit from the digital transformation

Digital transformation, the rise of mobile 5G and the push to lay new fiber are impacting how utilities think about and manage their communications networks and IT infrastructure. A utility’s ability to adapt to these market drivers will determine whether they realize any of their benefits. Since the network is the foundation most operational processes rely on to function, integrating new technologies into the communications network is fundamental to operating in today’s digital economy.

Full control of your network infrastructure

FNT’s commercial off the shelf software solutions for utilities offer a unified suite of data repository and management tools that drastically improve control of active and passive network infrastructure. Our solutions deliver full transparency, from the passive outside plant infrastructure through all logical layers of the transport network hierarchies, up to the service layer.

Complete overview of your resources

FNT’s solutions provide a central system of accurate information about the availability of all resources needed to maximize the automation and efficiency of planning and engineering, service assurance and service fulfilment processes. By standardizing management of network resources, FNT enables end-to-end management of all technologies and resources. This is a critical success factor for supporting the communications network of a modern power grid.

Benefit to Utilities

FNT’s solutions for electric utilities perform three vital functions required for a modern communications network.

Identify resources

Know what you have with an accurate inventory of all network resources in a master data repository.

Plan network changes

Ensure redundancy, route services, establish new connections and end services.

Manage network operations

Ensure all changes are reflected in the master data repository, so all users are working with current data at all times.

How FNT helps Utilities:

Perform faster impact analysis

Reduce time to troubleshoot with data feeding into monitoring and ticketing systems from a central management platform.

Easily manage redundancies

The unified management platform supports heterogeneous mission-critical cable networks with various technologies.

Shorten maintenance window planning

Automated planning of repair, replacement and reconfiguration functionality prevents costly outages and improves network reliability.

Increase operational efficiency

The up-to-date network inventory provides accurate information across all physical and logical layers for fault-free and fast execution of day-to-day processes.

Optimize utilization of network capacities

Unified resource management makes managing network capacity utilization fast, easy and reliable.

Article by Ulrich Schälling

Bridging the gap between IT and OT systems

IT/OT convergence is a hot topic in the electric utility sector. This article discusses key components of an effective IT/OT convergence strategy, including the importance of unified resource management in achieving IT/OT alignment.

White Paper

Utility Networks in Transition Phase: How Communications Networks Will Shape the Future Power Grid.

Electric utilities undergoing digital transformation focus on dual priorities: maintaining the core business while updating an aging power grid. The underlying communications network is vital for both. This white paper details the most important aspects to focus on during your transition.

White Paper

Transitioning to Packet Technology: A Utility Provider’s Guide to Network Transformation

As emerging technologies continue to disrupt the utilities industry, utility providers are transforming their underlying communications networks to keep pace with escalating demands. This paper discusses strategies for a smooth network transition and best practices to simplify the switch.

Success Story

NetCOM BW Speeds Up Business: End-to-end Transparency across the entire communication network

Learn how this utility provider uses FNT to operate an expansive wide-area communications network and how our software helps speed up resource maintenance from 3 days to 20 minutes per case.

Solutions for Utility Companies

FNT Cable & Outside Plant Management
Keep your infrastructure under control

Today’s complex inside and outside plant cable networks contain millions of physical assets, logical resources, and connections that must be configured and managed. Utilities that centralize planning, operation and management of their networks are best positioned to plan new rollouts, ensure maximum network uptime, and have enough capacity to meet the growing demands of today’s customers.

FNT Telco Active Inventory
Gain a holistic and complete digital view

Digital transformation and modernizing the power system to enable smart grid requires a robust, resilient, and scalable underlying communications network. The communications network provides connections and bandwidth to all the devices that make up the grid. A solid communications network requires two things: a centralized view of the logical network and services resources in the active transport network, and the ability to holistically manage them. Achieving both empowers utilities to improve planning and engineering, service fulfillment, and service assurance processes – and to thrive in the digital world.

FNT Mobile RAN Management
Plan, roll out, and operate mobile networks

Mobile capability is increasingly important in the distributed digital world. Planning, rolling out, and operating mobile networks is critical for utilities of the future. As more utilities build up private wireless networks to ensure sufficient capacity and coverage, they will be challenged to efficiently operate complex mobile networks that contain thousands of configuration parameters per site. Today’s modern utility requires a network management system that supports Radio Access Network planning and rollout management, configuration and site management, as well as ongoing operations.

FNT GeoMaps
Operate complex, expansive passive infrastructures

Utilities rely heavily on location information about their assets and resources. Enriching resource information with GIS visualization dramatically improves their ability to operate complex, expansive passive infrastructures. The combination of schematic views of the network infrastructure and GIS-based visualization supports a utility’s ability to ensure their cable networks are optimized to handle the demands of the digital world.

Additional Information

Smart Energy International
How to achieve IT and OT convergence with unified management by Ulrich Schälling
PowerGrid International
Bridging the Gap Between IT and OT Systems by Ulrich Schälling
ABOUT FNT SOFTWARE

FNT is a leading provider of integrated software solutions for IT management, data center infrastructure management and telecommunication infrastructure management worldwide. It’s innovative software FNT Command is used worldwide as an OSS / IT management platform for communications service providers, enterprises and governmental organizations by more than 25.000 users since 1994.

The software provides transparency in an integrated way for the management of IT, network infrastructures, and telecommunication. The deep integration of all data items and the comprehensive data model are unique in the software market. It builds the central resource repository for all planning, fulfillment and assurance processes within the business areas telecommunications, cable networks, outside & inside plant management, as well as IT infrastructure management.


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