A watcher for the watchers

Thu, 08/31/2006 - 8:00pm

Mixed Signals Inc. has launched a platform that will keep a close eye on and aggregate data from its flagship "Sentry" network management system.

The new entry, dubbed "Medius," can remotely administer and consolidate information for up to 15 Sentrys–enough to serve a "large" headend. Prior to Medius, each Sentry was essentially an island unto its own, unable to automatically aggregate and correlate data with other Sentrys.

Also, the system can track bandwidth at the QAM level, and essentially balance the load. For example, if one QAM on the system is close to maxing out its 38.8 Mbps capacity, while another QAM is using only 31 Mbps to 35 Mbps, the operator will have the historical data needed to rebuild transport streams or to add channels based on the available bandwidth.

With that ability, an operator, in theory, can "oversubscribe" a QAM, said company CEO Eric Conley.


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