T-Com Slovakia Maps Underground Cables with Aid of Ashtech MobileMapper CX

Cable locator paired with mobile GIS/GPS solution reduces the time and cost required to map and manage telecommunication network.

Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (May 5, 2010) — When T-Com, the fixed line business division of Slovak Telkom Group, recently undertook to map its underground fiber optic communication cable networks, it wanted a method that could be easily done by existing work crews. T-Com found the answer in a complete field-ready, mobile solution consisting of a SebaKMT i5000 cable locator paired with an Ashtech® MobileMapper® CX GPS/ GIS handheld running Geolantis ATLANTIS GIS software. Ornth s.r.o., the Ashtech Dealer in Slovakia, delivered on-site GPS training to T- Com technicians who are now able to locate all lines, accurately survey the network and update data.

The SebaKMT i5000 multi-frequency line location system induces a signal into the cable enabling field crews to find and follow the underground network. The locator can measure the position, the current intensity and evaluate the distortion of the signal.

Collected data is transmitted via Bluetooth to an accompanying Ashtech MobileMapper CX GPS/GIS handheld, which also displays a geographic map of the cable’s position. The signal attributes, the position and depth of the cable are registered into the ATLANTIS-software running on the MobileMapper CX. Thanks to the Ashtech GPS handheld, field crews can simultaneously navigate to the site,  locate the cable, survey the network with precision and keep all map-data up to date for high- quality asset management. Additionally, with the aid of Ashtech’s FAST Survey software the field crew sees in real time a graphical, scaleable background map displaying the cable’s position as a colored line as it is being followed.

The MobileMapper CX GPS handheld was chosen to be paired with the SebaKMT i5000 because of its sub-meter real-time accuracy, ruggedness, and ease of use. Its Microsoft Windows® CE open platform enabled the ATLANTIS-software to be seamlessly integrated and easily configured to receive and process the data from the i5000 cable locator. The new hardware software solution has enabled T-Com to reduce the time and cost required to map and manage its telecommunication network.

About T-Com
Slovak Telekom offers all fixed line products and services to clients under the business brand T-Com in Slovakia. It is also co-owner of the Slovak mobile operator T-Mobile and largest provider of internet services in Slovakia. Having completed the digitalization of its public telecommunication network by means of the NGN (Next Generation Network) technology, Slovak Telekom operates one of the largest fixed IP NGN networks in the world. The company has brought ADSL-based broadband Internet connections to more than 700 towns and villages of Slovakia.

About Ornth s.r.o.
ORNTH is the Ashtech GNSS land survey solutions distributor in Slovakia. Established in 1991, the company is a leading player in the Slovak geomatics community. Ornth is has two main business segments: 1) geodetic department authorized for all tasks in Slovak cadastre and engineering geodesy, and 2) commercial department dealing with complete solutions for land survey and construction engineers.  http://ornth.sk/

About SebaKMT
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, SebaKMT is a worldwide leader in the design and production of tools and equipment that assist in the diagnosis, fault location and tracing of underground power, telecommunication and pipe networks. SEBA Slovakia provided the complete solution to the T-Com Group including cable locators, Ashtech MobileMapper CX and GeoLantis GIS software. www.sebakmt.com

About Geolantis
Headquartered in Austria, Geolantis develops a range of GIS software solutions for cable, conduit and piping network systems. ATLANTIS software documents the position of the line or pipe with each measuring point. Measured data from the locating device, such as depth, adjusted tracking-cycles, amplification, etc., is stored as well. www.geolantis.com

About Ashtech
Recognized as an industry innovator, Ashtech has been developing GNSS technology for more than 25 years.  Ashtech is the creator of BLADE technology, which introduces a unique patented method to the market using multiple GNSS constellations for high-accuracy positioning. Ashtech has also introduced the MobileMapper series of products for GIS and mapping, as well as the ProFlex™ 500 and ProMark™ series, including the ProMark 500, ProMark3 RTK and ProMark 3, a well- recognized GNSS Land Survey product line currently on the market. Ashtech S.A.S. is privately held and headquartered in Carquefou, France, with offices in Beijing, China, and Singapore, as well as affiliates in Santa Clara, California (Ashtech LLC) and Moscow (Ashtech A/O LLC). For more information on Ashtech, visit www.ashtech.com.