CED’s 2013 Pacesetter Awards

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 3:42pm

For the tenth time, CED honored luminaries in the cable industry with its Pacesetter Awards. This year’s edition was held in October at the Omni Hotel next to the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

CED editor Brian Santo prefaced the awards by recalling a high school cross-country teammate who instinctively knew when to push the other runners harder at just the right time in a race. This year’s winners of the Pacesetter Awards knew when to lead from the front and when to push from the back in order to help their companies achieve their collective goals.

Multi-screen technology: Presented to Chuck Hasek, principal architect of video systems, Time Warner Cable from Arnaud Perrier, vice president of solutions marketing, Envivio.

Perrier said that Envivio wanted Hasek to be recognized in the industry for his outstanding work in multi-screen video transcoding and delivery architectures.

“Chuck worked closely with Envivio leveraging our common encoding architecture with multiple publication points,” Perrier said.

“This deployment enabled Time Warner Cable to deliver the very first commercial service of linear cable channels in Apple HLS and Microsoft HSS formats to iOS, Android and other devices.”

Network PVR (DVR): Presented to Columbus Communications CTO Darren Richer by Evolution Digital president Brent Smith. In addition to Evolution, Conax and Cubiware also sponsored the award.

“Darren exemplifies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism, that has driven Columbus Communications to become the largest and most successful operator in the Caribbean,” Smith said. “Darren and his team tested Hybrid IP video solutions from dozens of companies, and then selected a ‘best of breed’

approach from companies that are based all over the world, in places like Norway, Sweden, Canada, U.S., and Poland.

The results are that he has created a new hybrid IP video platform that can support all next generation IP services such as network PVR, at a fraction of what other operators are paying for the same type of service.”

Field Services—Test

& Measurement: Won by Virgin Media’s Michael O’Connor, access field engineering manager, Colin Pooley, principal engineer (field standards) and Martin Goodrum, access field manager. The award was sponsored by VeEX and presented by CEO and president Cyrille Morelle.

Outside Plant: The Cable One team of James Hannan, vice president, engineering and construction, Dick Rohm, division engineering director, Hyman Sharpe, division engineering director, Ken Leeder, division engineering director, Jamie Pound, division engineering director, Scott Owens, engineer and Bill Simons, engineer were each honored with a Pacesetter Award from Broadband International president Edward Perez.

Using Broadband Internati

onal’s Fast-Pac series drop in amplifiers, Cable One was able to enhance system reliability and upgrade bandwidth at the same time, according to Perez. The upgrade not only greatly minimized the impact of subscriber disruption, but Hannan and his team were able to reach their goal at a fraction of the cost and time compared to re-splicing and re-spacing.

Cable One is now poised to offer additional advanced video services and data speeds up to 1 Gigabit in the future, Perez said.


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