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CED’s Pacesetters honor technology innovators

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 2:51pm
Brian Santo

A half dozen engineers received CED Pacesetter Awards last night in recognition of their deployment of new and innovative cable technologies.

There’s always a bit of risk associated with being among the first to implement a new technology. The Pacesetter Awards honor those engineers who do the research and commit to a technological path that few, if any, have traveled before.

The value is not just for the companies who are willing to experiment as they innovate, but also for others who can learn by the example.

100G Implementation
The Pacesetter for 100G Implementation was bestowed upon Craig Mathis, principal engineer of routing and optical platforms at Bright House Networks. Mathis was recognized for bringing 100G performance to the metro networks used to deliver bandwidth to customers of Bright House Networks.

The award was sponsored by Fujitsu Networks.

Advanced Architectures
Rodney Lanham, vice president of technical operations at Suddenlink, was the recipient of the Pacesetter for Advanced Architectures. Having identified the potential of digital return technology in the upstream, Lanham implemented 64-QAM in the upstream throughout the Suddenlink footprint. Furthermore, Lanham has championed the deployment of services to commercial customers using Aurora Networks’ distributed PON OLT (Node PON).

The award was sponsored by Aurora Networks.

IP Video Technology
The recipient of the Pacesetter Award for IP Video Technology was Carlos Alvarez, director general at Cablemás. Alvarez helped lead his company’s earlier transition from analog to digital and the current evolution from digital to Hybrid IP, paving the way for products and services such as IP VOD and network PVR.

The award was sponsored by Evolution Digital, Conax and Cubiware.

Multi-Screen Technology
Rob Martell, senior vice president of eMedia development at Cablevision, was awarded the Pacesetter for Multi-Screen Technology. Martell was credited with helping to formulate the vision of a distributed architecture that decoupled the packaging, encryption and HTTP streaming functions from the encoding farm in order to streamline operations and decrease risk and time to market for new adaptive streaming formats.

The award was sponsored by Envivio.

Test & Measurement
The Pacesetter for Test & Measurement was awarded to the team of Mark Quirk, area operations manager, and Mike Matson, director of compliance, both of Cablevision.

The award was sponsored by VeEx.

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