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Proxilliant debuts CAMS 2.0

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:12pm
Traci Patterson

Proxilliant Systems Corp. has introduced its next-gen CAMS – CAMS 2.0 – that, according to the company, will enable operational cost savings and service quality levels for cable operators. Proxilliant’s CAMS is an integrated hardware and software solution for proactive, cable-based service health management.

Proxilliant Systems Corp. has introduced its next-gen Cable Access Management System (CAMS) – CAMS 2.0 – that, according to the company, will enable operational cost savings and service quality levels for cable operators.

Proxilliant’s CAMS is an integrated hardware and software solution for proactive, cable-based service health management. It provides comprehensive, correlated and continuous health information from the neighborhood level while actively improving service quality — necessary as cable operators look to profitably deliver their services broadly and deeply throughout their networks. CAMS features intelligence deployed deep into the access network that works in concert with sophisticated software in the regional head-end or central data center.

The system synchronously analyzes service health information from only those subscribers within a given amplifier segment. The management of the HFC network and services is combined with Proxilliant’s Dynamic Ingress Blocking technology, eliminating the propagation of quality-eroding ingress.

Specifically, CAMS 2.0 incorporates the following new capabilities into the CAMS platform:

  • Optimized ingress suppression performance through configurable switch settings, delivering the highest flexibility for placement within the network.
  • Complete automation of operations logic of plant problem detection, service impact correlation and alarm report dispatch.
  • Individual operational settings by each operations group to tailor acceptable service impact levels – before ticketing and dispatch.
  • Complete Web-service-based, third-party interfaces for HFC topology exportation and service impact alarm distribution.

“CAMS 2.0 takes the next step to reinvent technical operations for cable operators through proactive, precise and automated management of service and network health, reducing operational costs and boosting reliability,” said Richard Berthold, CTO of Proxilliant. “Unlike any other alternative in the marketplace, CAMS 2.0 provides a direct view into neighborhood plant segments – far more granular and accurate than at just the node level – while actively reducing quality-eroding ingress. Operators can now achieve levels of reliability and operational efficiency previously unattainable and, at the same time, ready their networks for the deployment of their next wave of services.”

In pilot deployments conducted recently with operators in the U.S. and Europe, CAMS 2.0 achieved the following:

  • Reduced the Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) for HFC plant-related outages by 50 to 60 percent.
  • Reduced the MTTR for HFC service performance degradations by 60 to 75 percent.
  • Nearly doubled the efficiency of proactive plant-related truck rolls. Many times, multiple issues were resolved per individual dispatch.
  • Instantly and permanently reduced noise and ingress by 3 dB to 10 dB in the return path. Beyond improved service reliability and plant stability, these performance gains across the upstream spectrum pave the way for successful DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel-bonding deployment.

Currently, CAMS is deployed by cable operators in the U.S. and Europe.

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