New Products - April 2012
Imagine revises ICE system for IPTV, multi-screen
Imagine Communications has reengineered its ICE video platform so that it can simultaneously process HD and SD IPTV streams; options include adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming.
The upgrade makes the ICE system suitable for IPTV, a bit of a repositioning for the company. And, of course, the new combination of capabilities makes ICE suitable for multi-screen delivery, as well.
Imagine said the ICE system is now ideal for IPTV service providers that need to deploy more channels with higher picture quality and then rapidly and seamlessly add support for multiple device types, such as the new iPad and other new mobile platforms with 1080p support.
By integrating audio and video transcoding in the same platform as picture-in-picture (PIP) creation, multi-screen transcoding and multi-format media streaming, the ICE video platform provides an all-in-one solution for quality, scalability and reliability, the company said.
The system, which is built around the company’s homegrown ICE-Q Advanced Video Compression, is capable of full decode/encode with metadata pull-through on all channels. Imagine explained that that enables optimized scene-change detection, while making full utilization of original encode parameters.
Also introduced are granular PID-level redundancy mechanisms, enabling new levels of service protection, both upstream and downstream, from the ICE video platform transcoder, the company said.
The ICE system is available either in a 1RU package or as an NEBS-compliant blade system.
Exfo intros portable iPro analysis probe for technicians
Exfo recently launched a portable version of its iPro Intelligent Network Analysis Probe, which provides telecom professionals with a capture and data processing unit for 10/100 Mbps, 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps Ethernet networks.
The rack-mounted iPro probe has the power to capture all of the detailed data from a live network, from all of the interfaces required. And when needed detail isn’t accessible due to lack of probe coverage in a remote analysis or 24/7/365 monitoring system, it serves as a portable capture device.
The portable iPro retains all of the power of its rack-mounted counterpart, including user-plane analysis with integrated DPI.
"There is an increasing demand from both network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) for a portable device capable of line-rate IP packet capture on 1G and 10G Ethernet links," said Matti Palomäki, vice president of Exfo's Wireless Division. "With the new portable iPro, NEM and MNO field support technicians get the power of the previously available rack-mounted version in a format that enables them to easily perform onsite data acquisitions and troubleshooting."
Convergys touts CRM upgrade
Convergys has introduced CRM 2.0 – part of the Convergys Smart Suite and based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – which will allow communications and utilities providers to transform their businesses with a business support system (BSS) that improves the billing process, customer service and time to market for new revenue-generating services.
“As services converge and churn causes revenues to erode, providers must transform their operations and business models. Standing out from the crowd boils down to an imperative described in a single word: service,” said Bob Lento, president of Convergys Smart Revenue Solutions. “With this latest release of Convergys CRM, providers can address the immediate nature of new services and products while proactively and seamlessly serving customers at every touch point.”
Convergys announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft in February 2010.