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NaviGate Tour Advanced Features

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Some of the more advanced features of the NaviGate application framework are covered in this section of the tour. There is a variety of advanced NaviGate component application modules currently available or currently under development by Gatekeeper Systems. These features are configured as modules, permitting us to combine the right combination of components for each customer's application. The applets available include those in the following list:

Advanced Viewing Module

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Maps of complex infrastructure such as electrical or water networks can be quite intricate, involving many overlapping and intersecting objects. The Core NaviGate system allows users to turn on and off entire layers to simplify maps, but that addresses only one dimension of the problem. The NaviGate Advanced Viewing Module can dramatically improve the readability of the maps for a particular purpose by filtering the data based on the data in the NaviGate database.

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Automatic Vehicle Location Module

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The NaviGate AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) Module provides for the display and management of wireless-connected GPS units in vehicles such as utility maintenance trucks, customer service vehicles, and emergency vehicles. NaviGate AVL displays the current and historical location of vehicles in the NaviGate software environment, and allows users to communicate with the vehicle wirelessly when two-way communication is supported by the AVL field unit.

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Buffering Module

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The NaviGate Buffering Module is a Java control panel that performs a number of GIS object buffering operations. The Buffering Applet enables users to select any object in the map and perform a standard parcel radius map operation on that object. For example, the user can select a pipeline and ask for all parcels within three hundred feet of that pipeline. The applet will then automatically produce a mailing list of the owners of those parcels and download this mailing list to the user's PC for use in a MailMerge operation. Basic buffering functions are already included in the standard features of the NaviGate applications.

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Dispatch Module

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The NaviGate Dispatch Module provides a flexible but simple interface for viewing and managing the workload of field personnel. The Module focuses on two lists: the list of field personnel currently available and the list of work orders for a single day. Both lists are managed together, and also viewed in a map user interface.

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Document Manager Module

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Construction and maintenance personnel need field access to current electronic drawings. Most utilities still satisfy this need by printing out "map books" and taking paper maps into the field. The NaviGate Document Manager Module is a NaviGate extension that maintains a complete and current set of engineering drawings and related documents on mobile laptop or tablet computers, utilizing the web-based NaviGate platform to distribute the files.

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NaviGate Mobile: Field Option, Desktop Mobile, and FDE

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These three mobile components are outlined separately on the products page but collectively represent the foundation for all NaviGate mobile applications. Field Option and Desktop Mobile are the respective platforms for connected and disconnected NaviGate users. Field Data Entry (FDE) is the framework for mobile applications that require transactions like work orders, inspections, red-line map edits, etc. FDE can use either the Field Option (fully connected) or Desktop Mobile (disconnected/sometimes connected). FDE supports two-way communication between back office applications such as Work Management where work orders are created. Work orders are picked up by NaviGate FDE and integrated spatially within the NaviGate Core for map display, and managed and sent electronically to appropriate field personnel for completion. Once the work is completed (or partially completed) and electronic forms are filled in, the results are transmitted back to the NaviGate Core in the office where it is distributed back to the Work Management System and/or other back office systems. This process provided by FDE is applicable to most mobile transaction based mobile utility systems and can be supported by either the connected NaviGate Field Option or the disconnected Mobile Desktop platforms or both.

OMS

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NaviGate Outage Management Module provides users with the ability to predict and determine extents of an outage, affected customers, dispatch, and monitor the restoration process. NaviGate OMS captures trouble and outage calls and displays those on a map. Using the current .as-operated. network model it can provide storm personnel with outage extents, impacted customer lists, and help dispatchers determine the best restoration process for any specific outage.

Operation Visualization Module

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The NaviGate Operations Visualization System (OVS) shows utility operations information via a web-based and map-based user interface. Utilities can use OVS to display maps and reports on real-time operating activity such as trouble calls, maintenance work, construction activity, and so on.

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Point Feature Management/Notes

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The NaviGate Point Feature Management Module allows users to create, edit, and manage point data, redlines and notes from within NaviGate. This module is the current NaviGate application supporting note taking, sketching and redlining and can be used in the office or field. This module can be stand alone and also part of FDE such that sketches and notes can be attached to Work Orders and other field transaction forms and data.

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Printing Module

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The standard NaviGate Core provides the basic function for printing to any Windows-connected printer. However, this standard printing cannot easily produce maps at a variety of standard scales (say, 600-scale) or produce maps that fully utilize the available printing area of the printer. The NaviGate Printing Module allows users to easily print a standard format and standard scale map from the map viewer in a NaviGate application. Users employ the standard features of NaviGate to configure the map the way they want it to appear, and then invoke the NaviGate Printing Module. It then adjusts the map to take advantage of the full printing area, sets the print scale, and adjusts a variety of printing parameters to the user's preferences. The Module can adjust visibility of layers, the size of fonts, and other parameters as necessary to create an attractive and useful map. Map settings (scales, titles, and so on) can be saved, re-used and shared between users.

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Trace Module

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The NaviGate Trace Module is based on the concept of networks and connectivity. Within NaviGate, users can trace any network (pipes or wires) either upstream or downstream, highlight the traced network and generate lists of segments and components along the traced network. Network and connectivity information is typically maintained digitally in an organization.s GIS, OMS, or engineering analysis program(s). NaviGate can utilize any one of those sources to obtain the .network model. that contains the necessary connectivity data to make the Trace Module work. Once NaviGate has the network model and the Trace Module is available, users can select segments of a network and trace .upstream. or .downstream. to the source or customer, or stop at any specified device along the way. Once a trace has been performed, it will highlight on the map and all connected segments and devices will be listed in the output window. A variety of filtered reports are available from the output of the network trace.

Underground Service Alert Module

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The NaviGate USA (Underground Service Alert) Module provides interfaces to Call-Before-You-Dig call centers so that USA tickets can be displayed and managed in NaviGate, both in the office and in the field via a wireless connection.

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Vegetation Management Module

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The standard NaviGate Core system provides a primarily read-only interface for viewing Enterprise data. The NaviGate Vegetation Management Module (VM) extends and enhances NaviGate by providing a mechanism for updating transactional field data related to vegetation management (trimming orders, inspections, etc.) by applying components of the NaviGgate Field Data Entry, Field Option and Mobile Desktop Modules. VM provides a Supervisor interface to allow suitably-authorized users to assign inspection, trimming and/or chemical treatment orders electronically to mobile personnel (including contractors) using a graphical, spatial user interface. Field users receive, and complete work orders wirelessly within the data-rich NaviGate graphical interface. NaviGate VM will maintain vegetation history and condition from inspections (optionally including species). VM also allows you to produce paper copies of your inspections or work orders, either in the office or in the field.

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The NaviGate Application Framework is a suite of web-based products designed to promote information integration, increase self service, eliminate paper work, and improve field service for utilities. NaviGate is an off-the-shelf product that can be configured to meet our customers' needs  for spatial viewing, outage visualization, field inspections, mobile work orders, automated vehicle location, dispatch and call-before-you-dig. 

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