Connectivity, Cable, and Inventory Management
Cairs.net provides you the ability to track (where it is assigned and how much you have of it) on-shelf or in the field inventory. Inventory can be any kind of equipment that you want to track. Scan your items by serial number or track your items by quantity. You even track the stock of disposable items like cable.
Although tracking cables and pairs may be classified as old school, the truth is most of us still manage tons of them. Cairs.net provides a point-to-point cable management system that tracks your cables through MDF’s, IDF’s, buildings, manholes, terminal closets, pedestals, and other connection points.
Cairs.net - Facilities management offers an in-depth easy-to-use method to manage large scale cable plants providing the ability to track cable records including main and intermediate distribution frames, terminals, cables, pairs, and their associated connectivity routes. The connectivity control allows the user to intelligently select cable routes including dedicated plant, which displays the assigned end and the terminating end of each connection (with up to 255 cross connects in-between). All connectivity point display by showing the; building, room, jack, terminal, cable, pair, and binding post.
The Connections system delivers a dashboard view of cabling assignments and the services residing on that median. From the Connection record, users can pre-assign dedicated plant, run reports like path/pair availability, fill percentages, and building service. Easily extend and reduce Connection counts and associate diagrams of cable plant cabling to each cable with subsequent detailed cable files of each area of the cable plant.
- Site to site cross connects.
- Manage dedicated plant to the port and jack.
- You determine the types of connections and fibers used at each site.
- Restrict this menu option so only the specific users can modify information.
- Assign a cable for use on more than one site.
- With one click, view the connection’s path availability, building service or fill percentage.
- Merge connections to seamlessly track the same cable from site to site.
- Within one screen, view the complete connection information including, but not limited to: assignment name, port number, reserved/working/protected/loaded status.
- Attach a file to the cable to view the cable map, route, etc.
- When you assign a cable into a building, it must be assigned into a terminal or frame.
- A connection can reside within your database without any paths.
The buildings system offers a detailed gateway to building management. From the building system the user can view a variety of reports such as; fill percentage (spare and in use), connection service, and path availability that include both circuit and telephone assignments. Each terminal closet can track assignments down to the pair, binding post, room, and jack. Diagrams of complex building cabling can be associated to each building record.
- Establish your hierarchal relationship of site levels, and build parent-children relationships for primarily campuses and satellite sites.
- Each site can have a resource manager and a commanding officer.
- Attach a file to each site, allowing users to view maps, locations, etc.
- You can search for a building based on building name or directory building name, to name a few options.
- A building can exist with no connection or path assignments.
- With one click, you can view the building’s path availability, connection service or fill percentage.
- You determine whether your building holds a frame or a terminal.
- The database is relational, meaning that you cannot modify any connection, path, terminal or frame information without those entities being completely free of assignments.
- Quickly add, delete and modify connection ranges from a building.
- Attach a file to a building to show location, building map, etc.
- Within one screen, view the terminals, connections, paths and assignments.
- Define the switch that supplies the connections to the buildings.
- You determine the route of your connections e.g. from the MDF to service location or service location back to the MDF.
The Circuit system provides a tool to manage your existing non-dial tone circuits, their related circuit segments, and the building locations in which they appear. Each Circuit record displays the number of pairs the circuit uses and the equipment relating to each segment. From the Circuit view, the user can see the detailed subscriber information, cable data, and segment information. Each segment can hold up to 255 pairs, and unlimited equipment and if the equipment carries a recurring charge, the costs are automatically processed to the cairs.net™ billing system. Diagrams of complex circuits can be associated to each circuit record.
- Track multiple site long-haul circuits and their associated equipment.
- Unlimited Circuit Segment tracking. Each segment can hold up to 255 pairs or channels and each can be enabled for up to 255 cross connects.
- Bill back one-time and recurring circuit charges to responsible organizations or departments. Billing charges can be assigned directly to the record or, when a billing number is present, captured through the cairs.net vendor media imports.
- Assign Equipment & Services to the Circuit and its Segments through cairs.net’s Inventory Management.
Cairs.net™ inventory management provides an easy-to-use, on-shelf and installed inventory tracking system. Inventory items are categorized into equipment and services. With each of these categories, you can create sub-categories such as Cell Phones, Face Plates, Cabling, AC Adapters, Labor, Line Charges etc. Within each sub-category, you can create items that you maintain within your network like BlackBerry Curve 8900. Each item can carry one of three inventory tracking policies, None, Manage Total by Quantity, Manage Individual Items. The None policy does not track totals or serial numbers, it simply allows you to assign the item to customer listings. The Manage Total by Quantity policy tracks the quantity available on-shelf; as items are deployed the quantity is subtracted from the shelf. The Manage Individual Items policy provides you the ability to track each item by their serial number. If you have multiple sites, you can define which items are housed at that location.
Each Equipment and Service record allows you to track unique information for each item provided. You can track: equipment name, various costs, part number, part name, version, serial number etc. From the Equipment and Service record you can also view where the item is assigned, and how many spares are available. Cairs.net provides the ability to read in serial numbers from a bar code reader.
- You determine the types of equipment and how to manage the inventory of each, either total quantity or individual serial number.
- You determine the safety stock level for each equipment type. You are notified when you drop below the set level.
- You determine the one-time and/or recurring cost of each equipment or service you provide.
- Create an accurate on-shelf inventory.
- You can limit what equipment or services are provided to site.
- Associate a type of service to each equipment or service item.
- You can allow the user to adjust the cost of the individual item provided.
- Quickly determine how many pieces of on-shelf inventory are assigned.