This module allows for the processing of a frequency e-license/authorization. It includes a customizable E-Licensing feature where external operator can submit applications for spectrum via an on-line portal. The E-licensing Module is well integrated with Spectrum-E©’s BRE Engine. The BRE Engine contains the business process rules for the processing of all the data that corresponds to all the business process workflows pertaining to all the radio spectrum services managed by the proposed spectrum management system. Includes the controls/validations for each field and each webform included with each business process.

e-Licensing workflow diagram

features

  •  Unlimited external business users (licensees, applicants).
  • Access to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Business Rule Engine (BRE) for verifying compliance of user inputs.
  •  SCXML based workflow management and workflow configuration capabilities allowing tailoring of licensing business processes.
  •  Electronic upload of radio frequency license request.
  • Support for all ITU radio services.
  • Support for Addition, Modification, and Cancellation request types

Combining Automated and manual validations

The diagram above describes a typical interaction between a business user external to the telecommunications regulator and a government-side end-user. The purpose of this interaction is to process a request to authorize an application which can be for spectrum usage, type approval, user registration, etc. The e-Licensing module of Spectrum-E© allows the regulator to leverage a web portal to facilitate and automate this interaction via either a locally hosted implementation, cloud service delivery or hybrid-cloud implementation.

The Spectrum-E© e-Licensing module includes a Business Rule Engine (BRE) with more than 300 business rules relevant to the processing of spectrum management related applications. The BRE as well as the system workflows are both highly customizable. The BRE rules can also be accessed through the Spectrum-E© API.

two-stage USER REGISTRY

The first step automatically verifies that the identification numbers match those stored in a separate registry of authenticated companies and individual users. This separate registry is connected to Spectrum-E© through a web service. It should be noted that a separate user/company registry does not need to be implemented, only that it is common for a national government to have a pre-existing legacy registration system for individuals and companies that wish to do business with that nation’s federal government.

The second step for verifying an external user’s access to the system comes from a validation process internal to the regulator. The system analysts in charge of reviewing incoming requests to the system and can choose to deny the incoming requests if they view them as suspicious in any way or if they require further information such as supplemental documentation to verify the identity of the individual.

the licensing process

The Spectrum-E© e-Licensing module offers full Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) functionality through web form data entry or electronic upload of an XLSX or CSV file. The system’s BRE is engaged in an automated field validation process to ensure that the information being submitted is free from obvious data entry errors. The typical types of requests supported include but are not limited to:
• New frequency authorizations
• Modification of existing frequency authorizations
• Cancellation of existing frequency authorizations
• Change in company name
• License/Authorization transfers
• New Equipment Type Approval authorizations

After automated validation by BRE, the applications submitted by end-users can no longer be edited unless cancel the submitted requests. Analysts then log into the window to conduct user account history and technical analysis on the requests. The system also includes a manual verification check-list for the analyst to review and mark off accordingly to validate if the system meets the basic administrative requirements. Technical parameters of the request are send it to the Technical Analysis module to perform the corresponding propagation, interference and frequency assignment. At system’s Network Management page, a variety of propagation and interference studies can be performed including electromagnetic compatibility analyses and automated frequency assignments. After the external reviews the draft Resolution, an invoice for the fees owed is generated and sent to the external user. Finally, after the invoice has been paid and the ITU notifications are successfully coordinate, a final analyst can approve the draft Resolution and the external user can view the approved authorization in the system.

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