Patrick Huls

Patrick Huls
Technical evangelist for the Telecommunications & Cable industries, responsible for understanding the technology needs of the telecom market, rapid prototyping and solution development utilizing GIS technology, and GIS outreach within Telecommunications. Follow me on Twitter @SpatialNinja and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickcameronhuls/

Recent Posts

Geographic Data & The Living Atlas are Key to Remote Engineering

Remote telecom network engineering is all about reducing the number of engineering field visits by bringing the field to the engineer. This can reduce costs, improve designs, and accelerate time-to-market. One of the most crucial pieces to remote engineering is geographic data. In order to bring the field to the engineer, the engineer needs to have as much data and intelligence about the field as possible in order to make a calculated decision. This data might include existing or potential asset locations, like poles and power supplies, or it might be high quality aerial imagery and LiDAR data.  All of these geographic datasets that help create a Digital Twin of the real world can be collected, stored, and made available to your engineers through ArcGIS.

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Enable Operational Intelligence Through Web GIS & ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5

Meeting customers’ growing expectations for new telecommunications services is challenging and crucial in a highly competitive market. Upgrading networks with the latest technology is only part of the solution. Delivering a superior customer experience also requires real-time dynamic visibility and insight into your network and business operations. For this, you need Operational Intelligence enabled by Web GIS and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.

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Using ArcGIS Network Analyst for Fiber Backhaul Planning

Delivering fiber backhaul to potentially tens of thousands of new and existing cell sites requires careful planning to optimize the fiber routes.  This traditionally manual, costly, and time consuming process can now be automated using spatial analysis tools.  Esri offers a Backhaul Optimization model solution template that is built on the ArcGIS Network Analyst extension for ArcGIS Desktop. When given a set of wireless access points (for example, cell towers) and a set of network access points, the Backhaul Optimization model will quickly generate an optimized network topology and routing plan detailing how cell sites can be connected to the network.

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ArcGIS for Telecommunications September 2014 Updates

Last week the ArcGIS for Telecommunications site was updated.  This September release included an overhall to the layout of the solutions site as well as three NEW solution templates.  ArcGIS for Telecommunications is a series of free and easy to deploy solution templates, web maps, and apps for adding telecom specific configurations to the ArcGIS platform.  Listed below are the updates to the solutions site and information on the three new solution templates, Organize Door to Door Sales, Visualize Sales Campaign Progress, and Find Upsell Opportunities.

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ArcGIS for Telecommunications August 2014 Updates

Last week the ArcGIS for Telecommunications site was updated.  This August release included an enhancement to the Antenna Structures Information Model as well as two NEW solution templates.  ArcGIS for Telecommunications is a series of free and easy to deploy solution templates, web maps, and apps for adding telecom specific configurations to the ArcGIS platform.  Listed below is the update to the Antenna Structures Information Model and information on the two new solution templates, Serviceability Lookup App and Service Request GeoForm.

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Summarize Your Telecom Data in an Insightful Way

With this latest update of ArcGIS Online, the Impact Summary App Template was released as an out of the box configurable template.  This template allows you to quickly and easily summarize numeric attributes from your data, and display the data on a clean, simple, and responsive web application.  You can GeoEnrich your data with demographic statistics in ArcGIS Online, or use existing attribute data.  Here are a couple examples of the Impact Summary app used to summarize telecommunications data.

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ArcGIS for Telecommunications at the 2014 User Conference

The 2014 Esri User Conference is right around the corner.  There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about ArcGIS for Telecommunications.  Below are some key events. We look forward to seeing you all there. Continue reading

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Learn How GIS Can Expedite the Process for Backhaul Network Design at This Free Webinar

Wireless carriers are facing an ongoing challenge to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for expanded bandwidth as mobile device manufacturers migrate to 4G LTE for high-speed data transmission.

Using GIS can help you optimize your backhaul design and automate the planning process by analyzing network routing alternatives between sites, while minimizing capital expenditures.

Learn how during this episode of our 2014 webinar series hosted by the Esri TelUG Team.

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ArcGIS for Telecommunications Solution Updates

Last week the ArcGIS for Telecommunications site was updated.  This new update included updated releases of existing solutions as well as two NEW solution templates.  ArcGIS for Telecommunications is a series of free and easy to deploy solution templates, web maps, and apps for adding telecom specific configurations to the ArcGIS platform.  Finding out how each solution can fit into your organization, and getting started deploying the downloadable solution templates is now easier than ever.  Below is a list of the updated solutions and more information on the two new solution templates, Backhaul Optimization and Project Planning Markup. Continue reading

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