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SCTE's Engineering Committee approves development of three new standards

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced this morning that the Engineering Committee of the SCTE Standards Program had approved the development of three new standards.

The standards approved for development were: Stereoscopic 3-D for Cable, Environmental Requirements for equipment to be used within cable facilities and recommended practices for Emergency Alert System upgrades for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliance. Project approval is the first step in the standards process in each of the three areas.

"As the diversity of products available via and within cable has increased, our members have, under the direction of SCTE, aggressively sought to provide the industry with the standards that ensure seamless and cost-effective operations and rollouts of new services," said Steve Oksala, vice president of standards for SCTE. "The projects currently in development are intended to enable operators of all sizes to improve their bottom lines through a combination of new business lines and improved efficiency."

Designed to ensure that the cable industry is prepared to act on the widespread deployment of 3-D, the stereoscopic 3-D project has been conceived as a two-stage effort. The first phase will define the video-related formatting, signaling and encoding parameters for frame-compatible stereoscopic 3-D (S3D), while the second phase will define requirements for full resolution stereoscopic 3-D video systems.

The Environmental Requirements standard is the second document that is being created by the SCTE's new Sustainability Management Subcommittee to meet the industry's need for more sustainability in the standards for the equipment used in cable operator facilities. It's intended to address such key areas as energy efficiency, recycling, airflow and quality, temperature, humidity, vibration and shock, electrical/power, and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).

The EAS compliance recommended practice was designed to help small operators, in particular, meet the FCC deadline of Sept. 30 for compliance with CAP regulations.

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