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Broadband Briefs for 10/17/07

Wed, 10/17/2007 - 8:17am
CED staff

* Midwest Tel Net selects TandbergTV for HDTV IPTV 
By Brian Santo

Ericsson’s Tandberg Television said Midwest Tel Net will use its iPlex video processing platform to deliver a number of IPTV channels in high definition (HD) video using MPEG-4 AVC video compression. The consortium of independent operating companies (IOCs) throughout southwest and central Wisconsin will also deploy TandbergTV’s RX1290 Multi-Format MPEG-4/MPEG-2 SD/HD Integrated Receiver Decoders.

* Psiber adds Wi-fi network planning tool
By Brian Santo

Psiber Data Systems is making available a new three dimensional WiFi planning software tool that network designers can use to accurately lay out and optimize network coverage. RF3D WifiPlanner supports all IEEE 802.11 a/b/g networks and is independent of equipment manufacturers.

The design of a wireless network is performed in three steps: Import the floor plans of single or multi-level buildings in JPG, PNG and BMP formats, and rotate and scale the plans so that all floors line up properly. Then use the built-in libraries or custom design walls and floors to precisely match the buiding’s RF characteristics. Finally, place access points including antenna types from a predefined open library, which can also be supplemented by the user. The 3D computation engine immediately visualizes the resulting field strength, allowing the interactive optimization of quantity, location and configuration of individual access points before installing a single one, according to the company. 
 
* Two engineers receive SCTE grants 
By Mike Robuck

The SCTE Foundation announced today that it has bestowed two grants on SCTE members who will use the funds to continue their educational pursuits.

Chris Tate, a technical trainer for Cox in Oklahoma City, received a grant of approximately $12,000. The funds will help Tate to achieve his bachelor of science in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., later this year.

Tate’s co-worker, Chris Gutel, who is also a technical trainer with Cox in Oklahoma City, received a grant of approximately $3,500. Gutel is working on a bachelor’s in networking management degree. Gutel is also enrolled at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.

The SCTE Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide expanded educational opportunities for SCTE members to assist them in accomplishing their professional development goals.

The SCTE Foundation Board of Directors recently approved both Tate and Gutel’s applications for major grants following preliminary approvals by the Foundation’s Major Grants Subcommittee and the Foundation’s Awards Committee.

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