The Global Positioning System (GPS) was originally created by the US military and is now used by industry and private citizens. Through the use of a network of orbiting satellites, this technology can accurately locate points on the earth’s surface. Its use in telecommunications mapping enables outside plant facilities to be accurately located geographically. This is done through a hand-held GPS unit that stores the location in memory. In addition, specific data can be entered into the unit and associated with the current location and related equipment. For best results the GPS unit should be of professional grade which are typically accurate to within one meter or better.
When this technology is used in combination with a Geographic Information System (GIS), the locations and associated data can be loaded into an electronic mapping environment. From there, the system operator can use this data to manage their outside plant, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and a host of other valuable tools.