Stratsoft specializes in building and analyzing geo-spatial databases. The resultant data are often depicted as maps because this is an efficient and effective way for decision-makers to absorb and use  large data-sets to decide and plan the future. Data can then be subjected to a variety of analysis routines that reveal new insights. These data can be viewed as multi-layered pdf files (see below) and can also be embedded into a secure web portal that includes data download and geo-analysis functions.

Northern VA

This single map shows many different market perspectives. Scroll through the presentation to see;

  1. Top Inset Map; Demand. Bandwidth usage by businesses in different buildings and their location and clustering with respect to fiber networks
  2. Center Inset Map; Readily Addressable Demand. Businesses and buildings that can be economically addressed by the existing fiber network
  3. Bottom Inset Map; Competition. The location and routes of different fiber network in the region.
  4. Main Map; Network Design. Using a combination of fiber extension and microwave links this design reaches all the demand that can be cost justified according to the financial goals of the client. The photograph inset map shows that each microwave link has Line-Of-Sight (LOS) to the relevant target buildings. The summary tables quantify the number of extensions with different payback periods and thus provide a network extension priority and development path.

Network design to bring Ethernet Business Services (EBS) to buildings in Northern Virginia

  • The purpose of this project was to identify where the Carrier could/should extend its network to reach new demand for Ethernet Business Services (EBS). The overall results are provided in this map set that shows different types of Customer Demand, Competitor networks and how our Client Company could extend its network in the most economically viable manner.
  • This top left inset map shows the location of varying bandwidth demand from businesses with >10 employees located in specific buildings. There are clear clusters of demand within the region and further data analysis reveals different types of demand by business size, bandwidth demand, industry sector and business type (HQ, regional head office, subsidiary and single site).
  • Demand that is close to fiber can be addressed from the existing client network and by a fiber extension (dark blue line in the Southeast) as shown in this second inset map.
  • Competing fiber routes are shown in this map. There are clearly some regions where competition is less intense than others. In the southeast are fiber routes from two different providers, a potential source for a Dark Fiber purchase to extend our Client’s network.
  • A network design for both fiber extension and for microwave links to “Mini-POPs” that could serve clusters of demand was then developed as both a network design and an economic model. This quantifies the Addressable Market opportunity and enables the Client to set parameters for return on investment “hurdle rates”.
  • At zoom it can be seen that the fiber addresses nearby demand and is also the origination point for microwave links (green dashed lines) to buildings with high demand that then act as Mini-POPs to serve demand from businesses in buildings close to the Mini-POP (light blue diamonds).
  • Economic analysis was undertaken on the cost/benefit of reaching all locations with each Mini-POP classified according to its forecast payback period. The Total Addressable Market and the number of MiniPOPs that could be developed within each target payback period was provided in priority. This allowed the client to decide which parts of the market to target first.

This composite map is available to the client with each data layer available to turn on/off to help explore different network extension strategies and a database with a linked economic model to explore different scenarios. The result is a network extension business plan with quantified cost/benefit analyses.

Connecting to major demand for Cloud Computing

This project allowed our client to evaluate how to provide networks to serve Cloud Computing demand. It identified, and quantified, specific locations of high IaaS demand in Toronto. Minimum spanning networks were then designed to serve each business as well as a network to serve the majority of locations (dotted red line) with an Optical Virtual Private Network (OVPN).” Note that the map needs to be adjusted for to be website-ready.


Bringing Broadband Fiber to Cape Cod and southern MA

This network design was developed as part of a successful submission for $24 million of Government Stimulus (BTOP) funding to build a 270 mile fiber network to bring broadband to an under-served region. With an associated Financial Forecast we were able to show how serving under-served community institutions with broadband could be combined with serving commercial demand to create a self-sustaining new business.


Serving businesses close to high bandwidth buildings

Stratsoft often provides data, maps and analysis for its clients as a secure portal on the web (view demo). This project identifies the demand for high capacity communications that are close to high bandwidth buildings and Data Centers. By overlaying the network ‘supply’ it can quickly be seen where network extensions can address the strongest demand. Stratsoft often embeds analytical algorithms within geo-spatial software to all its clients to view (and download) the data and to undertake analysis as required.