● business planning
& project management
● cable system testing
● community broadband
● engineering design
● grant planning & management
● public networking
● public safety
● rural communications
● smart grid
CTC’s staff of engineers, including licensed Professional Engineers, have decades of experience in all aspects of communications network design and construction. We have met clients’ needs, from high-level conceptual designs to detailed street-level engineering, with a wide-range of networking technologies, including: fiber-optics, coaxial cable, legacy copper line, WiFi, WiMAX, and microwave.
Both for projects that we have designed and initiatives that clients have developed on their own, CTC’s project managers and project coordinators oversee the construction, testing, and implementation of communication infrastructure. Working closely with CTC’s engineers, our managers and coordinators ensure projects remain on schedule by monitoring design and construction progress, tracking project assets and materials, addressing any problems or changes in scope that arise, and keeping project stakeholders informed with progress reports.
● wireless tower siting
Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN)
The Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) is a key component of the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN), which received a $115 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. ICBN is responsible for administering $72 million of the grant and overseeing construction in nine of Maryland’s 24 counties.
CTC is currently designing and engineering ICBN fiber routes for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties. Our team was already well-versed in the ICBN project before we began this work: We were the lead engineers for the development of the OMBN/ICBN project and successfully completed the required Environmental Assessment (EA) for OMBN/ICBN.
Our team played a key role in developing ICBN design principles such as fiber quantity, storage locations, access points, and building entry; analyzing design options (e.g., use of aerial versus underground, use of existing infrastructure); and coordinating with the environmental assessment study.
Because each jurisdiction has slightly different requirements within the framework of the ICBN project, we met with the counties’ project managers to establish their expectations and requirements. From there, we began to methodically survey all of the assigned routes.
We have worked closely with participant members to determine permitting requirements and requirements for storing information within the communities. We continue to coordinate with the agencies and departments that reside in the anchor institution facilities, as well as the entities that control the rights-of-way (e.g., pole owners).
As the project progresses, we are surveying new routes, preparing permit applications for routes we have already walked out, conducting utility company ride-outs for permit applications we have already submitted, and tracking the completion of the permits that have been approved. Through all of these steps, we are collaborating with the county project managers, the utilities, and the ICBN project management office.
National Capital Region (NCR) Interoperability Program
CTC provided the concept, business case analysis, engineering design, and project management for the National Capital Region Interconnection Network—a 120-mile public safety network interconnecting 21 fiber-optic based government networks in the greater Washington, D.C. region. This network was conceived as a backbone for interoperable communications that could take advantage of existing fiber infrastructures the governments already controlled. Our team worked closely with the technical teams of each jurisdiction and performed a comprehensive review of existing technologies and capabilities in the individual participating jurisdictions along with potential synergies and standards, as well as the emergent needs for security, availability, and data exchange.
CTC was then tasked with designing a “system of systems” architecture that linked each of the jurisdictions together with a highly flexible and scalable design while preserving the existing architecture and business processes in each jurisdiction. The network is composed of dedicated single-mode fiber using Gigabit Ethernet. It is further scalable and segmentable using DWDM and MPLS technologies, and CTC prepared a detailed roadmap for these upgrades as they are needed.
The network is currently in the final stages of deployment, but is already supporting mission-critical communications such as CAD-to-CAD exchanges and mutual aid requests, and has reduced response times for such requests dramatically. CTC is also providing expertise on the developing governance of the interoperability infrastructure which leverages the network design implemented by CTC, articulating the handoffs between the interoperating systems.
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)
CTC is currently assisting MWAA with an initiative to provide both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport with secure fiber-optic connections to NCRnet, the inter-jurisdictional public safety network in the Washington, D.C. region. CTC is completing a feasibility study, examining current fiber-optic resources, and estimating potential project costs. CTC will also provide design engineering support for the planning of fiber routes, and will assess the environmental impacts of the proposed construction.
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