GeoTel and Burns & McDonnell Form Alliance to Assist Businesses in Locating Fiber Optic Routes

Massive telecom database to be accessible via new web portal featuring geospatial mapping capabilities

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (June 14, 2016) – Fiber optic infrastructure is a necessity for businesses looking to build and/or upgrade facilities, make better management decisions and better serve their customers. Though the value of data access is well known within the business community, knowledge of network locations and other fiber infrastructure can still be a black box filled with guesswork and incorrect assumptions.

A new alliance between GeoTel Communications, LLC and Burns & McDonnell will help businesses unravel the sometimes vexing problem of making better telecom location based choices. Effective immediately, this alliance gives business users access to a new, easy-to-access suite of web-based services that will help them obtain and analyze telecom infrastructure data that is most relevant to them.

“Predictive Analytic platforms which emphasize location based intelligence and data visualization will help businesses to make more informed decisions, which is essential for organizations to compete effectively in the ever changing marketplace,” says Dave Drazen, CEO of GeoTel. “We’ve been helping businesses do that for over 15 years and now, by leveraging our value proposition with the capabilities of Burns & McDonnell, we are about to make it even more accessible and user friendly.”

“All businesses will need now is access to the internet, a username and a password. We do the rest,” says Jeff Greig, Senior Vice President of the Burns & McDonnell Business & Technology Services group. “Our alliance with GeoTel will be a game changer for businesses looking for a simple, efficient and innovative way to maximize their telecom technology.”

Under the agreement, Burns & McDonnell will be responsible for hosting and distributing GeoTel data via its web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, TeleTracker™.  TeleTracker delivers a vast dataset library of fiber network maps, fiber-lit buildings and a range of other telecom data products. Additionally, Burns & McDonnell will be the exclusive provider of custom web-application development to extend capabilities to meet individual customer requirements. James Katz and Parker Hills will lead a project team of Burns & McDonnell software and technology specialists to support expected growth in demand for the services.

Using TeleTracker, powered by Burns & McDonnell, customers gain access to a password-protected user interface connected to a geospatial database. When viewing the program, customers have the ability to navigate through more than 100 features along with 20 different base maps via desktop or mobile devices.

GeoTel will continue to operate its business units as normal. The company has built a robust telecommunications database. Their 14 telecom data sets include carrier fiber routes from 605 different fiber carriers and growing, 1.4 million fiber-lit buildings, and 12 additional data sets. GeoTel’s core competency is telecom data research, GIS mapping disciplines, and predictive analytics. It is completely carrier neutral and takes no agent fees or fees from carriers to be listed in its database.

“Accurate telecommunications infrastructure data is increasingly becoming one of the first items businesses look at in developing cost-justified capital investment plans,” Drazen says. “With our telecommunications database combined with Burns & McDonnell’s geospatial mapping features, we can help thousands of companies locate even dark fiber networks that may not be publicly marketed. This is a powerful tool that will set new standards in the industry.”

“This is an exciting relationship with GeoTel that will help businesses in many industries served by Burns & McDonnell make more informed decisions when planning everything from new office buildings to electrical substations,” says Greig. “We have developed similar geospatial software tools to assist with everything from complex project management to tracking real estate acquisitions so this is a perfect fit for us.”

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 About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,300 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune’s 2016 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.

About GeoTel Communications, LLC

GeoTel Communications, LLC is the leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in a geographic information system (GIS) and Internet-based spatial technologies for over 15 years. GeoTel takes telecom infrastructure data and makes it actionable. By layering this data in GIS software or by viewing it in one of our web- based platforms, we make it possible to analyze detailed fiber optic maps and other telecom datasets throughout North America. For more information, visit geo-tel.com.

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GeoTel Appoints Zhongwei Liu as Chief Technology Officer

Lake Mary, FL (January 15, 2016) – GeoTel, the leading provider of telecom infrastructure data intelligence, today announced the appointment of Zhongwei Liu as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. He will manage GeoTel’s staff of engineers and lead the company’s efforts in predicative analytics, data visualization and location based intelligence.

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GeoTel Communications CEO, Dave Drazen, featured in June 6 Edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jun 6, 2014, 6:00am EDT

Plugged inFTTP makes or breaks today’s offices

by Janet Kendall, Contributing Writer

Imagine working in an Atlanta office building on a July afternoon without air conditioning.

For the next generation of the city’s workforce, the thought of working in a space without the absolute latest in technological infrastructure is just as unthinkable and uncomfortable. For the city’s commercial landlords, that means fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology is, or at least should be, the way of the future.

“FTTP is almost the air conditioning of today’s buildings,” said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield. “Without it, you’re simply not going to be able to lease space to a large portion of the tenant …

Imagine working in an Atlanta office building on a July afternoon without air conditioning.

For the next generation of the city’s workforce, the thought of working in a space without the absolute latest in technological infrastructure is just as unthinkable and uncomfortable. For the city’s commercial landlords, that means fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology is, or at least should be, the way of the future.

“FTTP is almost the air conditioning of today’s buildings,” said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield. “Without it, you’re simply not going to be able to lease space to a large portion of the tenant prospects in the future. Email is the mule of the information age and doesn’t require a lot of bandwidth necessarily, but our use of data will only continue to escalate in a dramatic fashion in years to come.”

FTTP will make that possible at speeds that allow businesses to compete at the highest level. The service, which runs a fiber optic cable directly from the Internet service provider to an individual building, creates much faster Internet speeds than most coaxial cable connections and, more importantly, is currently considered “future proof” because there are no current or foreseeable devices that use more bandwidth than an FTTP connection can provide.

Knowledge of FTTP “has been mostly in the realm of folks in IT, but increasingly it’s on the front burner of the commercial real estate team as well, as we evaluate buildings in a side-by-side fashion,” Ashley said.

The presence of an FTTP connection increases the value of each square foot of a building, said Dave Drazen, the CEO and chairman of GeoTel Communications LLC, a company that provides telecommunications infrastructure data in a geographic information system (GIS) and Internet-based spatial technologies.

“Having fiber in a commercial structure absolutely can be a difference-maker – the more carriers that have a fiber presence in a building not only increase the bandwidth capacity but create choices for the consumer, which in turn forces competition, drives prices lower,” Drazen said. “A company looking to relocate that needs a lot of bandwidth will only look at the buildings that have the necessary fiber infrastructure for their business needs.”

Being the home of BellSouth and having leftover infrastructure from the 1996 Olympics has been a boost for Atlanta’s FTTP capabilities, Ashley said.

“Anything from the Central Business District to Atlanta all the way north to Alpharetta is on the digital superhighway,” he said. “I don’t hear about too many blackout spots in metro Atlanta in terms of fiber access. The issue is sometimes a last-mile issue of getting the fiber into the building. In the past that’s been an issue of economics: Did they want to spend the money to get the fiber to the building? I guarantee you there will be no major new building in the works from this point forward that isn’t connected.”

That FTTP connectivity is critical for attracting the type of high-end tech businesses that Atlanta needs, said Brian McGowan, Metro Atlanta Chamber’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Developing these types of networks will strength Atlanta’s growing reputation as a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Cousins Properties Inc. is in regular communication with fiber providers about increasing the number of its commercial properties that have FTTP, said Cousins’ chief technology officer, Dan Arnold.

“We’ve arranged partnerships with AT&T as well as other carriers to make sure we provide high-speed fiber into all of our buildings,” Arnold said. “What that’s positioning us to do is to be able to offer high-speed Internet, gigabit Internet for our customers, with little or no additional setup on their parts by having the fiber pre-run into the buildings.”

The metro area’s FTTP connectivity may be about to get better as AT&T Inc. and Google Inc. are exploring several cities within the region to add fiber connectivity and those decisions could be made by the end of this year, McGowan said.

“I think it would underscore an already good reputation as a digitally advanced marketplace,” Ashley said.

In the world of fiber connectivity, it seems, more is better. Ashley tries to think about the fact that every space he signs to a 15-year deal today could be the workplace of his now eighth-grader before that lease agreement expires, he said. Who can imagine what today’s eighth-graders will need from their work space? So why not be as prepared as possible now, Ashley said.

“I’ve been representing tenants for nearly 20 years now and critical to my clients’ success is winning the war for talent, and in order to win the war for talent, one has to have an industry-leading workplace,” he said.

GeoTel Communications Telecom Data Sets to be Featured in Fortune Magazine

Orlando, FL, May 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

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GeoTel Communications, LLC, a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web-based platforms, today announced that Fortune Magazine will feature its telecommunications infrastructure  data and fiber optic maps in a multi-page article. The article will be published in its June edition and expected to reach newsstands and online worldwide on June 2, 2014.

The upcoming article titled “What’s The Next Big Thing in Big Data?” will focus on Big Data from several perspectives and include detailed fiber maps of the United States. The maps illustrate metro and long haul fiber, submarine cables and the largest data centers within the Country. “We are very pleased to have a globally recognized and reputable publication run another story utilizing GeoTel’s telecom infrastructure data and mapping knowledgebase,” said Dave Drazen, Chairman and CEO of GeoTel Communications. “Managing Big Data is crucial to enterprises and our researched telecom data digitized in GIS and our online tool named TeleTracker, provides a geospatial and pictorial understanding of the nationwide infrastructure that we rely upon.”

“Working with GeoTel Communications, LLC for the second time in the last couple years, I have found the telecom data provided by them for our Magazine to be most accurate and unmatched by any other source. Working with them was great, and creating such maps would not have been possible without their knowledge and flexibility.” said Nicolas Rapp, Information Graphics Director at Fortune Magazine.

About Fortune Magazine

FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a global print and tablet readership of nearly 5 million, which include major franchises such as the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live events, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women and the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE publishes English-language editions in Europe and Asia, and local-language editions in China, Greece, Turkey, South Korea, Indonesia and India. Fortune.com, which draws more than 14.6 million readers a month, is the online from home of FORTUNE.

About GeoTel Communications, LLC

GeoTel Communications, LLC is the leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in a geographic information system (GIS) and internet based spatial technologies for over 12 years. GeoTel takes telecom infrastructure data and makes it tangible. By layering this data in GIS software or by viewing it in one of our web based platforms, we make it possible to analyze detailed fiber optic maps and other telecom data sets throughout America. These integrated datasets are digitized onto the highest quality street data and aerial imagery available, providing companies and government entities with the leverage and insight necessary to make informed location based and fiscally sound decisions.

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GeoTel Newsletter Volume 12, Issue 2

In this issue:

  • GeoTel welcomes new Employees
  • Academic Study with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Launch of TeleTracker Online Data Mapping Platform
  • Welcoming new Clients
  • Keeping Data Sets Current
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September 6, 2013 – The high-tech economy begins with local communities. The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority recognized this fact in 2001 by issuing more than $2 million in local planning grants for Cyberdistrict Feasibility studies in 30 communities throughout the state.

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Fortune Magazine To Feature GeoTel Data

July 6, 2012 – GeoTel Communications, LLC, a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web-based platforms, today announces that Fortune Magazine will feature its telecommunications data and maps in a multi-page article.

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GeoTel Provides Map for Gizmodo Magazine Article

May 29, 2012 – As much as we might prefer to think that the internet just happens, the fact is that it comprises a massive physical infrastructure. In an exclusive excerpt from his new book Tubes, Andrew Blum takes us on a tour of the internet’s most important US hideout.

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GeoTel Communications To Launch Partner Program

December 15, 2011 – The CEO of GeoTel Communications, LLC, Dave Drazen, announced today a new business partner program will take effect in January 2012. A tiered system that is more comprehensive and better compensated than any previous program GeoTel has offered before in its twelve year history.

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