Archive for May, 2010

Your Vision Implemented

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Our approach to project management, applications development and systems engineering is simple:  We take your vision, spend the time to understand what you want to accomplish, and then working with you we make it happen.

Does it work? One of our clients, Dr. Phil Brody, CTO and Assistant Superintendent of the Clark County School District, NV, the nation’s fifth largest was named to Computer World’s top 100 CIO’s. The first time a K-12 figure was so named.

Our role was to coordinate between a major systems integrator and the CTO during design, procurement and deployment of a 300 school Gigabit WAN with a 26,000 instrument voice system. That role required trust from Dr. Brody and from the integrator. Yes, the project ended up on time and under budget and met all of its performance goals. Were there problems? Yes. The prototype of the system connecting 8 schools had been a disaster and the alternatives were to fix the management of the integrator or cancel the project. Working together with Dr. Brody and then with the executive management of the integrator we were able to form a new responsive project management team that was able to work together to achieve great success.

The result is that more than 300,000 students of the CCSD have a great infrastructure as the foundation for their learning.

Our Projects

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

GCSR projects span technologies and geographies, and include:

  • Software application development projects using open source, Sun/Unix and Windows platforms
  • Mobile wireless  projects
  • Wireless satellite projects
  • Campus, county, regional and global voice and data networks
  • Projects that bring high speed connectivity to unserved or underserved communities

Project Management & Engineering Support Services

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We provide Engineering Support Services to Program and Project Engineers and Program Management Offices.

1.0          Program/Project Management Support Activities

  • Schedule Development and Tracking
  • Create high level and detailed Engineering, Procurement and Test Schedules and contribute to the overall development of master Program Schedules
  • Monitor and report Project Schedule Performance in terms of  the TERRA Project’s and the RUS’es needs and expectations
  • Ensure that there are plans that ensure that the system continues to support existing  customers across all the phases of the project
  • Develop Schedule workarounds to ensure that TERRA success criteria are achieved
  • Help create and track program budgets.
  • Monitor Procurement activities, review RFPs and other documentation for completeness and adherence to the needs of the TERRA Project and the agreement with the  Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
  • Schedule meetings with vendors; and support the project engineer in responsibility of evaluate their technologies and capabilities to deliver and to support proffered hardware and software products and services
  • Perform a Quality Assurance function by reviewing deliverables against task order agreements, SOWs and other contractual and technical  requirements documents
  • Perform technical issue resolution and technical and management liaison; provide direct support to TERRA’s Project Engineer, and perform whatever tasks are required as a member of technical and management teams and committees
  • Help provide technical and program liaison between all the TERRA entities including UUI, GCI and the major contractors
  • This includes communicating technical issues and attending project review meetings

2.0          Requirements Development and Traceability

  • Monitor Activities of contractors, GCI and UUI organizations under existing and future Task Orders to ensure the contractors decisions reflect the best interests of the TERRA (and do not de-scope their activities without reducing their work effort)
  • Perform a Quality Assurance function by reviewing any contract or task order deliverables against contractor SOW requirements
  • Perform technical issue resolution and technical and management liaison
  • Ensure high-level requirements have been developed and documented for all aspects of the TERRA project including Network Management Systems and Operations
  • Ensure traceability of all aspects of Design from Requirements
  • Create a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) this ensures that high level requirements are implemented in the design and verified in testing

3.0          Procurement Support

  • Monitor Procurement activities, review Request for Proposals (RFPs) and other documentation for completeness and adherence to the needs of the TERRA.
  • Support vendor meetings; evaluate their technologies and capabilities to deliver and to support proffered hardware and software products and services
  • Participate in vendor reviews to ensure that the proposals meet the TERRA’s requirements as furnished in the RFP

4.0          Design Specification and Support

  • Review all ‘design specifications”  against requirements to ensure traceability of design from Requirements
  • Ensure high-level requirements are constrained by detailed analysis of TERRA’s Concept of Operations (This helps to avoid scope creep)
  • Ensuring selected products’ ability to meet design requirements
  • Review performance analysis to ensure design will meet performance requirements
  • Ensure that the design is feasible, accessible, installable, supportable and maintainable
  • Documenting all aspects of the design including its reliability, maintainability and ability to be supported by the Network Management Systems and other Operations Support Systems

5.0          Configuration and Control Management

  • Work to ensure that the documentation provides cohesive non-redundant coverage of the technical requirements of the project.
    • Problem/change description

6.0          Test Management

  • Create a Program Test Plan for all elements and all phases the TERRA Program that includes:
    • Link, segment and Element Testing
    • End-to-End Testing
    • Acceptance Testing
    • Work with the Project Engineer to ensure that the test plan incorporates the Program’s test philosophy
    • Ensure that the program and project schedules include adequate time for the required testing
    • Work with the Project Engineer to define the required test procedures with pass/fail criteria,
    • Plan for test tool selection, procurement and training.
    • Ensure the creation of test procedures
    • Help create test results database
    • Help coordinate testing activities: Test Execution Management
    • Conduct pre-test and post test reviews of major segment and end-to-end tests
    • Manage the collection, validations and archiving of test results
    • Ensure that test results are reviewed and anomalies reviewed.

7.0          Operations, Logistics and Maintenance

  • Monitor changes for their impact on “Concept of Operations
  • Create plan for spares and spares positioning
  • Ensure that there is a plan for field installation, upgrades and modifications and for tracking the as built baseline
  • Depot-level technical support

8.0          Training

  • Work with the Project Engineer to create a training plan for all phases of the project including training for installation and test engineers
  • Advanced customized technical curriculum development and training: VSAT, MESA, TETRA, Project 25, GSM, CDMA, SIP
  • Training: Classroom, on-the-job, computer-based, and Web-based

9.0          Deliverables

  • Program Plan: A written description of the Program from beginning to end.
    • Scope, roles and responsibilities, high level technical overview, high level schedules and budgets, high level risk assessment. the sites, the high level technology description – like bandwidth
    • Program Test Plan
      • Test Plans/ Test Procedures
      • Schedules: High Level Program Schedules, Engineering Activities Schedules, Test Schedules, Work Around Schedules.
      • Issue Tracking and Resolution System
      • Engineering Task Order Management Process
      • Engineering drawings
        • Design Specifications
        • Document Trees
        • Drawings Trees
        • Requirements Documents
        • Requirements Traceability Matrix
        • Quality Assurance Process
        • Special Analyses

10.0       Other Tasks:

  • Knowledge Capture and Transmission

(Create a process to ensure that the program knowledge gained from development through deployment, test and operations is documented in a way as new people as people leave the program as new people join the knowledge will be available from the old to the new.)

  • Cost trade-off analysis
  • Failure investigation

Technologies

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
  • Program/Project Management: Strategic Plan Development, Requirements Assessment, Vendor Qualification, RFP Development, Vendor Selection Support, Project Oversight –Implementation through acceptance PMBOK plus;
    • Classic Waterfall; Agile; ITIL
  • Software Applications Development Engineering using Windows, Sun and Open Source platforms.  For example 100 distributed virtualized open source servers on a RH 5.2, Zen platform and running a purpose created Network Management System and Provisioning System.
    • enhanced Telecom Operations Map (eTOM)
  • Advanced Telecommunications Network Development and Integration :  Mobile Wireless (GSM, CDMA, UMTS -3G, 4G, LTE, EV-DO,WWAN,  i-den), Satellite (VSAT), Terrestrial Microwave; Telephony (VoIP); Video, Fiber, and  Coax, as well.
  • Strategic and economic impact analysis of implementing communications systems, International standards Integration, Network design and simulation, Equipment evaluation

Strange Electrical Properties of Graphene

Global ATM and Frame Network (GUNS)

Monday, May 24th, 2010
  • Two Global Carrier Networks were combined as part of a major corporate merger
  • Three month plan to combine network, provisioning and nms
  • Net Customer Gain
  • On time, under budget, no service loss
  • Improved customer experience

Agency for International Development Satellite Application Technology

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
  • Very Small Appeture Antenna Demonstration in 21 developing nations
  • Sponsored by United States State Department, Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Performed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and
  • Public Service Satellie Consortium
  • Under extreme conditions acheived 99.9% success
  • Ivan Sindell received a NASA Group Acheivement Award for this project

Wireless Priority Service

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
  • Government Managed and Underwriten
  • Software Developed by Major Equipment Vendors (Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola)
  • Major Wireless Carriers Install Software
  • Allows Priority Calling Emergency without dropping call in progress
  • Registed by Fed Registrar
  • We participated in test major carrier test architecture and implementation for end-to-end acceptance testing
  • All test succesful after softer modification
  • Program in operation

CCSD: VoIP Trunks 26,000 Phones

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
  • Alcatel System Installed in > 300 schools
  • In Everyclass Room
  • Flat Network
  • Minimized new cable infrastructure
  • We manged  Requirements Developmenta and Procurement
  • >$10M, On time and on budget

Alaska Urban and Rural Wireless

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

  • Alaska-wide toll out of urban and rural GSM mobile wireless system
  • Urban system was overbuilt on exising CDMA network which was then extended
  • Satellite Back hauled bush villages with stand alone capacity as wireline replacement
  • Managed Probvisioning System Development
  • Managed Network Management System Development
  • Managed OSS test
  • Managed NMS Deployment
  • First phase from PO for equipment to go live 6 months

School District WAN: Oswego, IL

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010