Developing an Open Source Geospatial Solution for the Telecommunications Industry

Session Type: 
Tech Session
Mr Scott Stewart, NBT Solutions
Mr Sean Myers
The recent focus on broadband capabilities in the United States has facilitated the expansion of new fiber networks, equipment, and access services such as VOIP, hosted solutions, and internet services. With these new assets and services in place, telecommunication companies are eager to find new clients that are geographically positioned to take advantage of their company's fiber assets and services.
Over the past two years, NBT Solutions has been developing a location-based web application that is helping fiber network providers identify customers that could potentially use their assets and services; quickly estimate costs for establishing service to new clients; and providing marketing and sales people with access to data and information about the overall fiber network. The application was built entirely with open source geospatial software and databases including: Map Server, Open Layers, GeoWebCache, and PostGIS. In addition, NBT Solutions used the open source framework MapFish for building the application. The application is provided to clients using a Software as a Service model and is being deployed using a reserved instance on Amazon EC2 servers.
During this presentation, NBT Solutions will discuss why we decided to build the application using  open source geospatial tools, including the value it provided the client; how we decided on each component to use; and the overall development process. Within the paper and during the presentation we will elaborate on what we perceive to be the strengths of this open source solution, some of the issues we needed to overcome, workarounds that were required, and our plans for adding more functions to the application.
Speaker Bio: 
Mr. Stewart is NBT Solutions Lead Programmer. He is a well-versed technologist with 15 years of professional experience in a wide variety of fields including database design and implementation, data quality and assurance, scientific data processing and production, smart card development and integration, public key infrastructures, cryptography and web services architectures.
Mr. Stewart has delivered data management solutions and applications for various state and federal government entities including NASA, NOAA, and the States of Virginia and Hawaii. He also has extensive commercial software product development experience, coming from his years as a senior software engineer for such companies as 3GI, RSA and GuardianEdge.

He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He currently resides in historic Williamsburg, Virginia 

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