Map Views - designed for present & future EMS requirements
An Element Management System has to showcase the unique features of the network element while complementing the element with features that are yet to be supported. Based on Dhyan's experience with several network elements at various stages in their product life cycle, each feature of NetMan has been developed with several options to make integration easier.
For instance, in the Google Maps view, all the devices have to be placed in the right location using their geo coordinates. Expecting all network elements to have GPS information preset may not be possible. To complement the network element's capability, NetMan supports the following options. These options ensure that the user experience is not compromised for any network element.
- If the network element supports GPS, NetMan can fetch the GPS coordinates directly from the device and use them as the geo-coordinates for the network element.
- If the network element does not have a built-in GPS, the address configured in the network element (as part of its configuration) can be geocoded to a latitude and longitude.
- If the network element is not configured with either of these values, network operators can use NetMan to provision or configure those values. Network operators with sufficient privilege can provide the address of installation. Upon setting the address, NetMan will automatically calculate the geo-coordinates and assign them to the network element.
- Operators can also drag and drop the network element at a specific location in the Google Maps based deployment view. NetMan can automatically take care of recording the location and use it to update the geo-coordinates for the network element.
- If the network administrator has an Excel file with the actual deployment coordinates, these can be imported directly into NetMan to update the geo-coordinates.
NetMan's platform has an XML-driven chassis builder framework used by several device manufacturers to depict their network element's physical view in the management system. The chassis view has the capability to depict both front and rear views of the network element. It also offers the ability to launch context sensitive menus from the shelf. Card and port levels enable users to perform desired actions within one or two clicks. A sample chassis view is depicted above.