Motorola today announced a new encoder that was designed to allow operators to shift analog signals to digital in multiple-dwelling units (MDUs) and commercial buildings.
Motorola said its QUE100 QAM MicroEncoder enables locally generated analog content, such as security camera feeds, to be incorporated into the digital program lineup. This allows the owners of MDUs or hotels to take advantage of lower-cost digital set-top boxes for tenants, while still providing easy access to this content as a tunable digital channel.
“Leveraging our leadership and experience in video delivery systems, we are able to provide the MDU and commercial buildings market with an all-digital solution that has great benefit to tenants,” said Bob Wilson, general manager for Motorola’s Networked Video Solutions business. “Apartments, hospitals, hotels, schools and other commercial buildings with cable services can take advantage of the product family to deliver local analog video to all-digital set-top populations reliably and cost effectively."
As service providers migrate to all-digital networks, Motorola said the QUE100 simplifies the same digital migration for buildings and prevents the loss of services that were previously transmitted in analog.
This plug-and-play product accepts existing local analog video feeds from parking lot cameras, door cameras, lobby cameras and facility cameras, as well as other channels featuring content such as local events, and delivers these channels in QAM-modulated digital form to tenants' set-tops and digital televisions.
The QUE100 family provides MPEG-2 standard-definition video encoding, and Motorola said it will be offered in several models providing up to 12 channels.