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City of Los Angeles

The FAST System (Field Automation for Sanitation Trucks) is an exciting new application for managing sewer maintenance work orders and the associated facilities data and deploying that data to the field.

Georgia Power

When engineers and operators at Georgia Power Corporation (GPC) need maps or reports about their electrical distribution network, they turn to the Distribution Viewer

First Energy

As is the case with most energy companies today, FirstEnergy Corp of Akron, Ohio, looks at operational efficiency as the key to financial performance improvements and shareholder profit.

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Helping users find their way around, or "navigate", is a powerful feature of the NaviGate framework.Map display and search options are available to the user via a simple-to-understand user interface called the Control panel. The control panel can display in the upper left corner of the application window as shown below:

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Or in its alternate configuration just above the map and below the toolbar as shown here:

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The map display can be changed by selecting a new map from the Map dropdown list. Each map has a pre-defined set of map layers and search options assigned to it. The interface shown here is very simple and intuitive for users with even a basic grasp of Windows and modern graphical user interfaces.

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In addition, users can search for and select any object on the map by querying the tabular data associated with that object in a relational database. For example, Santa Barbara's Geospatial Data Browser (GDB) application includes more than two dozen search criteria. When users navigate to a specific object, that object is automatically selected (highlighted) and centered in the middle of the map.

The navigation options are available to the user from the Control Panel as shown in the figure below.

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The figure shows 8 of the 14 navigation options associated with the Facility map (Monitoring Well by USGS No., Parcel Address, Water Service Address, Sewer Pipe, Sewer Structure, etc.).In the example given here, the user typed only a partial sewer structure ID. Notice that users can give partial answers for any data in the system and NaviGate will locate all the data that matches. Dozens of navigation options function in this manner. The input is accepted in almost any format, and parsed by a server-side engine that has access to the database to assist in performing intelligent decisions. For example, when navigating to a street intersection, the user can reference the intersection name in a variety of formats: "lake and green", "lake @ green", "lake at green", "lake", etc. If the user types in partial input, all possible combinations are presented. This feature greatly simplifies the task of finding a street intersection where the spelling or usage of the street names may not be correct.

The full complement of navigation options is available by clicking on the Navigation Applet button in the toolbar located above the map.

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After clicking the button on the toolbar, the Navigation Applet opens offering the user access to many more navigation options. This easy-to-use interface is organized into groups (tabs) of related search options, as shown here.

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The NaviGate framework allows even more sophisticated navigation tools. In an application built for an electric utility, Gatekeeper Systems provided a powerful customer navigation interface. This interface allows the user to enter almost any criteria in any combination to find a customer. The application then finds those customers that most nearly match the data input.

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Notice that the search results in the lower panel include a number of different links and icons that allow the user to get more information. These include:

  • An address link to display the customer's location on a map will take the user directly to a map showing this customer.
  • The Customer Detail Report link ("D") next to the phone no. links to detail information about the customer.
  • The Account Detail Report link ("D") links to detailed account information.
  • The Call Report Icon (the red exclamation point) indicates that this customer has an outstanding trouble call.
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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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Have a look at the success of our leading customers, from large publicly-traded electric utilities to municipal water authorities.

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