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38 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2014 FTTH CONFERENCE & EXPO Great Lakes Data Systems and Fleetmatics Team Up to Provide Workforce Management Integration Capabilities for Independent Cable Operators DUBLIN and BOSTON – Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX), a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), and Great Lakes Data Systems Inc. (GLDS), a leading provider of billing, subscriber management and provisioning systems for small to medium- sized global broadband providers, have teamed up to provide workforce management integration capabilities for independent cable operators. Businesses worldwide depend on Fleetmatics' feet management to improve the overall efectiveness of their mobile workforces. Te company's mobile workforce solution goes a step further by having the ability to integrate with leading back-ofce software, providing an even clearer look into feet operations. "GLDS teamed up with Fleetmatics to provide a powerful solution that complements WinCable and enhances overall operational efectiveness," said Garrick Russell, GLDS president. "Te insight gained allows for more efective dispatching and strategic planning." Recently announced, Fleetmatics REVEAL is a powerful yet simple-to-use feet management solution designed to drive savings and improve productivity for virtually any mobile workforce. Fleetmatics REVEAL+ extends Fleetmatics REVEAL and provides the additional tools necessary to address the complex requirements of a large feet and mobile workforce. Fleetmatics REVEAL+ enables larger customers to manage complex organizational structures and large numbers of users as well as to produce executive-level reporting across an entire enterprise. It also ofers an open API for straightforward integration with existing back-ofce systems. "Combining work order data with real-time vehicle activity in the feld provides an objective view into a company's feld operation and quickly highlights opportunities for improved efciency," said Karl Weber, vice president of enterprise for Fleetmatics. "Te added layer of insight allows a cable operator to be more efective on a daily basis and better understand where operational efciencies can be gained." Both companies believe the ultimate goal is to provide useful and powerful information that can help with real-time decision making that works alongside independent cable operators' existing systems. MaxCell Solution Increases Space and Capacity WADSWORTH, OH – Since the early 1980s and the frst deployments of fber optic cables, rigid HDPE innerducts have been installed in conduits. Tis ensures that one cable is never pulled over another cable, potentially causing damage to both cable jackets. Today, many of these original conduit systems and innerducts are at full capacity with operating cables. Te only construction choice previously was to dig additional trenches and install new conduits with rigid or textile innerduct. Placing new conduit infrastructure and constructing innerduct is very time-consuming and expensive. It requires additional engineering costs, permitting and EPA review and approval. Construction can also be disruptive to local trafc, homeowners and merchants. MaxSpace is a new, patent-pending, no-dig technology and construction method that safely removes existing innerduct from around active fber optic cables with virtually no load on the cables and no interruption of service. As the innerducts are removed, cables migrate to bottom of the outer conduit. Once all innerducts are removed, up to 90 percent of conduit space is recovered, allowing up to nine more cables to be placed with MaxCell in the reclaimed space of a conduit that was once considered full. Trenching and placing new conduit and innerduct in cities can cost from $300 to $700 per foot, and placement of new conduit runs can be as slow as 6 inches per hour. With MaxSpace, the cost of recovering conduit is a small fraction of the traditional cost and placement is 100 to 1,000 times faster – up to 10 feet per minute for removing ducts and placing textile innerducts. As an added beneft, the MaxSpace solution is environmentally friendly: No soil is disrupted, and no carbon emissions are generated that would have occurred by new conduit construction. Additionally, less equipment and smaller crews are required, and the innerducts that are removed are easily recycled. MaxSpace construction technology will allow deployment of new services at a signifcantly lower cost and much greater speed than new construction, helping providers meet the growing data demands of their end users. Power & Tel and NewBasis Announce Reseller Agreement Providing customers' premier pads and below-ground enclosures with renowned distribution and logistics services MEMPHIS, TN – Power & Telephone Supply Co. (Power & Tel) and NewBasis announced a nonexclusive reseller BBC_May14.indd 38 5/29/14 9:16 AM