SIRO Selects Intergraph and IMGS for Fiber Broadband Project
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 10, 2015—SIRO, a joint venture company between ESB and Vodafone, has selected Intergraph’s partner in Ireland, Irish Mapping & GIS Solutions Limited (IMGS), to supply and implement Intergraph software to aid in the planning, design and build-out of a 100-percent fiber-to-the-building broadband network.
SIRO will use Intergraph’s commercial-off-the-shelf software, including Intergraph G/Technology®, Fiber Optic Works® and Hexagon Geospatial GeoMedia®, to perform high-level network planning and design. Third-party contractors will also use the software to survey and build the fiber-to-the-building network. The Intergraph and IMGS solution will integrate with SIRO’s operations support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS), including Amdocs Operations Support Systems (previously known as Cramer).
“IMGS and Intergraph were the obvious choice due to their experience and understanding of large-scale utility projects and experience with ESB Networks. SIRO required a dependable, dedicated and flexible partner to deliver this leading-edge, fiber-to-the-building GIS to meet SIRO’s ambitious plans to bring the only 100-percent fiber network to Ireland,” said John McIntyre, information technology director at SIRO.
SIRO selected Intergraph and IMGS based on ESB’s existing relationship with the companies. An Intergraph customer for 20 years, ESB Networks Ltd., an ESB subsidiary and the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland, worked with Intergraph and IMGS to implement a geographic information system (GIS) to support the planning, design, construction and day-to-day operations of Ireland’s electricity distribution network.
“SIRO required a trusted and reliable partner to deliver the software necessary to implement the new fiber network,” said Alun Pearsey, U.K. country manager, Intergraph Security, Government and Infrastructure (SG&I). “Working with IMGS, we are rapidly deploying a proven, flexible solution that can consume the electric network data on which the fiber network will be built. We are proud to assist ESB and Vodafone is this critically important endeavor.”
SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100-percent fiber-to-the-building broadband network, offering speeds up to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in 50 regional towns, revolutionizing the broadband market in Ireland. The network will be built on ESB’s existing over ground and underground electricity infrastructure.
“For Ireland’s knowledge economy to continue to grow, a world-class communications network is critical,” said Ciaran Kirk, general manager, IMGS. “SIRO will ensure businesses and consumers across the country can access super-fast broadband. The Intergraph GIS will be fundamental in ensuring an efficient roll out and maintenance of this critical service.”
Intergraph SG&I helps utilities and communications companies streamline work processes and make smarter decisions. A pioneer in the development and application of location-based technology for more than 45 years, Intergraph SG&I provides solutions to hundreds of utilities and communications customers around the globe, supporting network engineering and operations, customer services and more.
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
IMGS is Ireland’s leading supplier of spatial solutions for government, utility and telecommunications industries. Its solutions enable customers to capture, manage and embed spatial data and engineering documentation into their enterprise information systems. IMGS serves more than 50 customers across the island of Ireland, including ESB Networks, Northern Ireland Electricity, BT Ireland, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, the Irish Naval Service and 34 local authorities.
IMGS have a long track record in developing and supporting GIS for national network companies such as ESB, as well working government agencies across the country. In fact, currently in Ireland, the majority of utility networks are managed using software supported or developed by IMGS. For additional information, visit http://www.imgs.ie.