ViewPoint FPM

ViewPoint FPM Module

Forward Path Maintenance

This is the ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module Server Software for deployments of 860 DSPh units.

Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module

Continuous Forward Path Analysis

The ViewPoint Forward Path Management (FPM) Module simplifies the management of your forward path monitoring and maintenance. The FPM Module displays an entire system of 860 DSPh Remote Headend Analyzers within one simplified dashboard that automatically displays each area’s percent over the limit.

The FPM module gives the operator the flexibility to be used as a master report dashboard, as well as gives the technicians in the field a web portal to pull live views of active forward nodes directly to their smart devices or PC.

Search and Trending Capabilities

The FPM module uses the 860 DSPh to provide continuous visibility of signal quality to technicians for monitoring and troubleshooting in remote headends or other facilities where access is restricted or local technical personnel are not available.

The dashboard view within the FPM Module also allows you to monitor various measurement parameters including channel level, depth of modulation, FM deviation, hum, carrier-to-noise ratio, MER (modulation error ratio), and BER (bit error ratio).

These extensive monitoring capabilities can be used to highlight specific trends or impairments affecting the forward path and can be useful in diagnosing reoccurring problems over any period of time.

Key Features & Benefits

860 DSPh
  • Unified web browser-based interface with extensive reporting tools for all forward path nodes in the system
  • Automated dashboard enables management to view the entire system at a glance
  • Automatically displays each node metric’s percent over the limit
  • Forward path channel scans and all of the data for each node monitored by the system are captured and saved for historical analysis and trending
  • Unlimited amount of connections for field users to view forward nodes with no side effects
  • Accessible via any smart device with a browser and broadband internet connection
Everyday Usage for the Field

The FPM Module not only works for management, but is also designed with the technician in mind. With the new, unified web browser-based interface, all forward path nodes monitored by the platform can be accessed via any smart device with a browser and Internet connection. This allows all team members to target any period of time to view the modem test results for further analysis and troubleshooting.

Quick & Easy Forward Monitoring

The FPM Module is designed with your whole team in mind by having all of the tools in place for management to quickly and easily isolate problem areas within the forward path. This can lead to a decrease in the mean-time to repair by allowing supervisors to proactively dispatch crews to fix the problem before they begin affecting customers. With field access to the FPM Module, service and maintenance technicians will also benefit by receiving feedback about the impact of their work on forward path performance, which can reduce the time needed for them to isolate and correct impairments.

 

Forward Path Metric Summary

The FPM Module provides a simple and intuitive color-coded dashboard that summarizes the percent over limit for each forward path metric that was monitored within the selected area of the organization. Additionally, each node’s forward path metrics measured over a set time period are displayed in a tabular format. These features greatly enhance maintenance efforts by enabling simple identification of forward path issues and which nodes are affected. The metric summary can also be fully customized to suit each user’s needs by adjusting the grouping, columns, sort order, normalization, and time span displayed by the table.

Channel Scan Snapshot & Failure Summary

The FPM Module allows for an unlimited amount of connections for field users to view forward path channel scan results for a selected node. When a node is selected, the channel scan results for the selected time period are displayed as a summary channel scan snapshot graph and channel scan summary table. The channel scan snapshot provides a graphical view of the performance of your forward path channels.

This graph also features the ability to view measurement results of individual channels by hovering your mouse over the graph. By simply selecting this graph, users have the ability to display a larger detailed view of the graph with adjustable span and center frequency settings for isolating desired points of interest within the forward path. When combined, these features allow users to quickly view the condition of the forward path to identify performance issues that may be negatively affecting subscribers.

Detailed Channel Plan Scan Results

Selecting the channel plan scan snapshot from the node dashboard allows users to view the 860 DSPh device information and detailed measurement results for the currently selected forward node.

The detailed test results include tables displaying which limit sets failed and which channels failed what limits sets using color-coded pass/fail results. Each of these tables are designed so that you can quickly and easily determine which areas of your forward plant are having issues.

Additionally, the detailed measurement results include an interactive channel scan graph which includes adjustable span and center frequency controls for isolating desired points of interest within the forward path. The graph also provides users with limit level overlays, color coded channel types, and hover text that displays the measurement results of the selected channel.

 

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ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module - Economy Server Software
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This is ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module Stand-Alone Economy Server Software designed for installation on customer owned server hardware and used for small deployments of 860 DSPh units. This package includes powerful software to provide a tailored, comprehensive network based solution for monitoring downstream analog and digital services throughout the RF network. With ViewPoint's easy-to-use and build tree structure, locating specific nodes is a breeze. ViewPoint provides the capability to monitor various measurement parameters including channel level, depth of modulation, FM deviation, hum, carrier-to-noise ratio, and MER (modulation error ratio). The 860 DSPh also provides a chronological list of all alarms to the ViewPoint platform while also providing the ability for multiple users to view the spectrum of any number of monitored nodes at the same time. The current spectrum, status and recent history of any node may be viewed graphically along with up to 1000 of the most recent alarms.

The ViewPoint platform also includes extensive, easily customizable reporting tools and features that are compatible with most WFM systems. The complete kit includes the ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module Economy Server Software on CD and Five (5) Single User Licenses.

MINIMUM SERVER REQUIREMENTS: Windows Server 2008 (64 bit) and Microsoft SQL 2008 (Workgroup Edition or Higher), Dual Core 1.4 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, MIN 300 GB Storage Space (RAID Level 5 or 10), Optical Drive, Video Adapter, Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse.

THE VIEWPOINT ECONOMY SERVER SOFTWARE ALLOWS A MAXIMUM OF 20 HARDWARE CONNECTIONS TO THE FPM MODULE. A YEARLY MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT FEE APPLIES FOR EACH CUSTOMER SERVER THAT THE VIEWPOINT SERVER SOFTWARE IS INSTALLED ON.  THIS FEE IS REQUIRED ON A YEARLY MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT FEE APPLIES FOR EACH CUSTOMER SERVER THAT THE VIEWPOINT SERVER SOFTWARE IS INSTALLED ON.  THIS FEE IS REQUIRED ON A YEARLY BASIS FOR CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE SERVER SOFTWARE AND COVERAGE STARTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST FULL MONTH AFTER SHIPMENT OF SOFTWARE TO CUSTOMER.  

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ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module - Enterprise Server Software
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This is ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module Stand-Alone Enterprise Server Software designed for installation on customer owned server hardware and used for medium to large deployments of 860 DSPh units. This package includes powerful software to provide a tailored, comprehensive network based solution for monitoring downstream analog and digital services throughout the RF network. With ViewPoint's easy-to-use and build tree structure, locating specific nodes is a breeze. ViewPoint provides the capability to monitor various measurement parameters including channel level, depth of modulation, FM deviation, hum, carrier-to-noise ratio, and MER (modulation error ratio). The 860 DSPh also provides a chronological list of all alarms to the ViewPoint platform while also providing the ability for multiple users to view the spectrum of any number of monitored nodes at the same time. The current spectrum, status and recent history of any node may be viewed graphically along with up to 1000 of the most recent alarms. The ViewPoint platform also includes extensive, easily customizable reporting tools and features that are compatible with most WFM systems. The complete kit includes the ViewPoint Forward Path Maintenance (FPM) Module Enterprise Server Software on CD and Five (5) Single User Licenses. THE VIEWPOINT ENTERPRISE SERVER SOFTWARE ALLOWS A MAXIMUM OF 500 HARDWARE CONNECTIONS TO THE FPM MODULE. INCLUDES MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT FOR FIRST YEAR OF OWNERSHIP, AFTER FIRST YEAR OF OWNERSHIP A YEARLY MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT FEE APPLIES. MINIMUM SERVER REQUIREMENTS: Windows Server 2008 (64 bit) and Microsoft SQL 2008 (Workgroup Edition or Higher), Dual Core 1.4 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, MIN 300 GB Storage Space (RAID Level 5 or 10), Optical Drive, Video Adapter, Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse.

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ViewPoint User License for FPM Module - One (1) Additional User
User License
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Unit price for one (1) additional user license for the ViewPoint FPM Module. REQUIRES VIEWPOINT SERVER SOFTWARE OR INTEGRATED SERVER PACKAGE WITH FPM MODULE.

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Viewpoint One-Time Connection Fee for FPM Module - One (1) Unit
Hardware License
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This is a one-time connection and configuration fee for one (1) 860 DSPh unit to connected to the ViewPoint FPM Module. REQUIRES VIEWPOINT SERVER SOFTWARE OR INTEGRATED SERVER WITH FPM MODULE.