Orlando, Florida, 12-09-2012 - There was a time, not too many years back, when people in general had a pretty clear understanding of how telecommunications worked in their day-to-day lives.
Back then for instance, you can pick up the phone to make a call and know that it was being transmitted along the phone lines struck between polls located along the roads and highways.
Then we entered the high-speed information age, and things became quite a bit more complex. So now when you sit down at your computer to send an e-mail, once the key is pushed, for most of us, what happens after that is a mystery. The message arrives at its destination, but how it gets there is a blur.
All that is changing though as more people grow to understand the importance of telecommunications mapping and the role that it plays in their day-to-day lives.
People are beginning to understand that without telecommunications mapping, the e-mails they send and receive couldn't be transmitted as reliably as they are.
Just imagine, for instance, that you were starting a trucking company, and you intended to move a wide range of goods around the country. Sounds like a straight forward prospect?
Now imagine if you were starting that company, and there were no universal roadmaps available. Then to make matters worse, there was no way of knowing where truck stops that carry diesel fuel were located.
Of course, you could send your drivers on their way with their loads and some general instructions on how to find their way. but there was no way that you could offer your clients any semblance of reliability.
So with a system like that, the only way to you can remain competitive is if all your competitors were doing the same.
The fact is that you wouldn't survive, because somewhere along the way, your competitors would come up with a bright idea of having a service provider do the research, compile the data and produce a comprehensive mapping system that allowed their drivers to speed to their destinations by the most direct route that also provided the best support services.
So now for increasing numbers of businesses across the US, instead of trucked goods, it is information that they're sending from point A to point B, and instead of an asphalt highway, they're using the telecommunications superhighway. But there's a problem with that.
That problem is that there are no universal maps to provide them the information that they need to accommodate all their various telecommunications needs. So they are in a sense, for sure during the conceptual and planning of their business, a bit like the person starting a trucking company without any maps to use.
So telecommunications mapping services do just that. With literally hundreds of various telecommunications service providers and untold thousands of support installations like cell phone towers, they partner with businesses and service providers - both public and private - to come up with telecommunications roadmaps.
So as more people grow to understand what telecommunications mapping is many of them are realizing that they have a need for it. Real estate agents who broker commercial and industrial property transactions, for example, are now coming to realize that having this type of information on hand helps to facilitate sales.
Then there are city planners, financial institutions, local municipalities, manufacturing firms, schools, medical facilities, and the list just goes on and on. All of them rely on telecommunications planning to provide them with information superhighway roadmaps to use as they make plans not just for today, but also on into the future. GeoTel Communications, (geo-tel.com), LLC is the leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in a geographic information system (GIS) and other platforms.
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