The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) said it has proven the validity of a device that will meet the Federal Communications Commission’s requirement for separable security on IPTV set-top boxes.

ATIS said the IP-based Separable Security Incubator (ISSI) gave a stamp of approval to VueKey, which is an enhancement of the CableCard standard to enable Internet Protocol (IP) flows that are network technology agnostic. Because the card utilizes the existing CableCard design, the time and cost for adaptation will be minimal for vendors creating the components that will deliver IPTV, according to ATIS.

Recently held interoperability testing conducted by ISSI members CCAD (a joint venture between Motorola and Comcast), Cisco and Motorola found that the VueKey device was a viable approach to meet separable security directives set by FCC. It accomplishes separable security and is harmonized with, and backwards compatible to, the existing unidirectional CableCard standard.

“It’s remarkable that in just over one year, ISSI has not only developed the VueKey specification but has validated the solution in an interoperable environment,” said ISSI Chair Mike Nawrocki of Verizon. “This solution will ultimately benefit the consumer as new IP-based services transform the market.”

The ISSI worked with the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) for further standardization work related to this new technology, specifically on the use of a common trust hierarchy and platform security for both IPTV hosts and the VueKey. An American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard is expected.

The ISSI member companies are: Alcatel-Lucent, CableLabs, Hitachi Telecom (USA), NDS, LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Verimatrix, Verizon, CCAD, Motorola, Cisco, Widevine Technologies, Nagravision and Sony Electronics.

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