VoIP Amp Trilithic’s TDM (Trilithic Data Manager) is a server application that enables configuration of 860 DSP or 860 DSPi Field Analyzers and measurement record collection, as well as instrument update and feature addition, via the Internet. WorkBench Component linking software gives a field technician access to WorkBench, Trilithic’s configuration and data management application, for communicating technical data and instrument configurations, and for up- and downloading work orders and measurement results to the TDM server for documentation and further analysis. A WorkBench operator can use TDM as an in- and outgoing "mailbox" containing work orders, instructions, channel configurations, group or individual messages, and other traffic. (Trilithic, www.trilithic.com, 800-344-2412) RGB Networks offers standards-based, all-digital support for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) through its Simulcast Edge Processor (SEP). Based on RGB’s Video Intelligence Architecture (VIA), the SEP provides EAS program switching support based on SCTE 18 standard messages for analog programming lineups. RGB’s Simulcast Edge Processor streamlines EAS support, providing a simplified digital EAS system and parity between digital and analog services in a simulcast environment. The SEP can switch all or a subset of programs to a digital EAS encoded program during an emergency alert. The digital EAS feature of the RGB SEP can be configured through its graphical user interface. (RGB Networks, www.rgbnetworks.com) Promptu, AgileTV’s voice activated search and navigation service, has successfully been integrated with SeaChange’s VOD system and deployed in cable systems in technical and marketing trials. Operators deploying SeaChange VOD with Motorola set-tops can now offer navigational service to access the full programming lineup regardless of where content is located-broadcast, on-demand or on the DVR. Operators who use SeaChange VOD can deploy Promptu navigation so customers can search for programs by genre or find a specific show simply by saying the name of the program, network, actor or sports team. (SeaChange International, www.seachange.tv) C-COR’s match-box sized Value Max Transponder provides EMS and control using SCTE’s open-standard HMS protocol. Advanced broadband services, such as VoIP, require continual monitoring to ensure service reliability. Providing a standards-based transponder enables broadband operators of all sizes to deploy EMS capabilities across their HFC infrastructure. The hot swappable Value Max Transponder can monitor and control a variety of node and amplifier components. Because it is HMS-compliant, it can function with a variety of control systems in the headend. (C-Cor, www.c-cor.com) Scientific-Atlanta’s Digital Content Manager (DCM) is capable of processing 2,000 MPEG streams from one device. Using embedded HTML and JavaScript, the graphical user interface (GUI) provides drag and drop operations. The DCM can also: (Scientific-Atlanta, www.scientificatlanta.com) PPC trainers use the 48-foot PPC Mobile Training Experience to provide hands-on training as part of an effort to heighten awareness of drop-related technology, correct installation practices and craft-related issues. The mobile lab was designed to enhance the overall learning experience through real-life video impairments related to faulty or damaged drop products, analysis of symptoms and causes, effects of improper installation, and hands-on training for correct installation practices. The trailer features a mock-up of a cable system, from the outside plant to the inside of a house, depicting points where drop products are used and system integrity is often breached. (PPC, www.ppc-online.com) The Jumper Shop is offering a line of high-definition cables and adapters from Steren Electronics. The new line now features DVI (digital visual interface) and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) cables and adapters, as well as the Python line of component audio/video cables. Products include HDMI cables, single and dual link DVI-D cables, and HDMI-to-DVI cables and adapters. HDMI and HDMI-to-DVI cables are available in 6, 10, 15 and 30-foot lengths, while DVI-D cables come in 6, 10 and 12-foot lengths for both single and dual link. (The Jumper Shop, www.jumpershop.com, 866-443-3118) Pico Macom is unveiling its line of 1 GHz bi-directional drop amplifiers. Designed for apartment and home distribution systems, the CDA Series of low-noise linear distribution amplifiers provides various gain and output options with low distortion. Forward bandwidth is 54-1,000 MHz, and reverse is 5-42 MHz. Six CDA models are available, in one, two or four outputs, with active or passive return. Forward gain is 15 dB, and reverse path gain is 10 dB; the noise figure is 3 dB; and RFI shielding is greater than 80 dB. CDA amplifiers may be powered with 12 VDC line power or an external adaptor. Each amplifier is 6 kV surge-protected on all ports. (Pico Macom, www.picomacom.com) Standard Communications’ Lumin optical transmission system has been upgraded to 1 GHz bandwidth. The Lumin Series incorporates hybrid optical-RF linearization technology, which enables low power consumption and a small form factor. The Lumin Series consists of the DLT high power 1,310 nm transmitter, the DDR dense dual-path receiver, the DFR dense forward-path receiver and the DLC dense optical distribution chassis and communications subsystem. Modules are installed in hubs serving fully segmented optical nodes. (Standard Communications, www.standardcom.com) Steren Electronics is introducing its FastHome Network Systems line of enclosures and modules. The structured wiring platform provides a control center for the wiring of cable TV, telephony, high-speed data, home security and other services. The platform can be expanded by adding modules. FastHome enclosures are 18-gauge cold rolled steel. Surface mount and in-wall enclosures are available in several sizes. Knock-outs and pre-punched holes can accommodate FastHome modules, ties, mounting screws, ground screws and wire bundles. FastHome modules are 18-gauge steel or ABS plastic. Nylon pins snap the modules into place. (Steren Electronics International, www.steren.com, 800-266-3333) Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S FSH3-TV handheld TV analyzer is capable of processing both analog and digital TV signals. The R&S FSH3-TV combines the functions of a spectrum analyzer with those of a TV test receiver. It is weatherproof and can be powered from a NiMH battery. The analyzer comes with a TV board, a preamplifier and a tracking generator. It supports all common analog TV standards and can be upgraded for DVB-C, J.83/B or ATSC/8VSB. In addition to direct frequency entry, the R&S FSH3-TV provides tuning by means of channel numbers. The R&S FSH3-TV provides specific CATV measurements, including constellation diagrams for digital TV. (Rohde & Schwarz, www.rohde-schwarz.com/USA, 410-910-7800) PCI Technologies is launching its BAND-EX return path bandwidth expansion solution. By exploiting the properties of up conversion and down conversion technologies synchronized with an out of band carrier, the BAND-EX solution provides a node segmentation solution. BAND-EX is intended for return path upgrades on legacy nodes with limited dark fiber and allows operators to quadruple their network capacity. (PCI Technologies, www.pci.com) Conax AS is releasing its CAS7 Conditional Access System. Modular systems allow broadcasters and content providers to start with a basic system supporting pay-TV, and then add additional components to support more complex operations and business models. Among these components are a Mobile Ordering and Payment Server, Virtual Video on Demand (VVOD), Voucher Server and CAStream IP Encryptor. Using Sony Passage, operators can integrate Conax’s technology with other CA systems allowing equipment from multiple vendors to peacefully co-exist on legacy digital CATV networks. Conax’s credit card payment, electronic purse and pre-paid scratch cards (vouchers) options allow operators to move to fully automated payment operations. (Conax AS, www.conax.com, 858-674-6668) IMMCO’s MapAccurate is a suite of services that enables MSOs to upgrade inaccurate and out-of-date engineering drawings and land base maps quickly and economically. MapAccurate services include the repositioning of inaccurate data and the systematic updating of old land base data. Legacy data are corrected into a positionally accurate map base using a semi-automated process. Once corrected, IMMCO provides an incremental update service to maintain the maps over time. Legacy engineering CAD drawings and land base data are often inaccurate and thus unusable in a GIS decision support environment. (IMMCO, www.immcoinc.com) Omnitron’s NetOutlook Management Software provides remote management of the modular iConverter family of media converters and network interface devices. The system allows network managers to remotely monitor network status, configure equipment parameters and receive a variety of user-specified trap (alarm) notifications. The NetOutlook version 2.1 features IP-less secure OAM management. When iConverter equipment is managed with NetOutlook IP-less management software, the SNMP IP-based network management traffic is restricted to a physically secure part of the network, and the management traffic on the user data lines is IP-less and encrypted. The management IP address does not exist on the user network because it is isolated with a physical firewall, preventing unauthorized access and attacks on the network. (Omnitron Systems Technology, www.omnitron-systems.com, 949-250-6510) PerfTech’s Abuse Sentry offers Internet providers a fully automated tool to detect, measure, and prevent outbound e-mail abuse (spam). Abuse Sentry notifies and offers self-remediation to abusers immediately and automatically without human intervention. Abuse Sentry uses the company’s Bulletin System, which allows high-speed Internet providers to communicate directly with browsing subscribers. Abuse Sentry features: (PerfTech, www.perftech.com) Proxilliant Systems’ Dynamic Ingress Blocking (DIB) technology is designed to eliminate node splitting in cable networks. DIB technology pinpoints and reduces ingress for operators seeking to create new revenue generating opportunities with advanced interactive and triple play services. Additional features allow monitoring, control and management capabilities from a central network management system. The technology has been successfully deployed in Sweden, Switzerland and Canada, and two U.S. trials are underway. (Proxilliant, http://www.spacenet.se/company_about.html) Radiant Communications has upgraded its RM1100 Real-Time Remote Monitoring System. The addition of PCVision 3.0 software to the RM1100 enables up to three users in different locations to simultaneously observe as many as four customers’ visual and audio experiences using any computer with Internet access and remotely control the converter box to start, stop and view VOD streams. Users can also remotely switch between RTP and TCP packets by tunneling into the company’s network via VPN. In addition, the enhanced RM1100 also features faster IR blaster and device searches in WAN and NAT environments. (Radiant Communications, www.RCCfiber.com) Tollgrade’s Cheetah IP/HFC Service Assurance Solution includes the Cheetah CMD-E DOCSIS transponder, an environmentally hardened, line-powered combination EMTA and DOCSIS test point in a strand-mountable housing. This device can be deployed anywhere within the HFC network to measure VoIP quality from the headend to the edge. The CheetahXD Broadband Service Assurance Platform is designed to manage the HFC network by monitoring the physical network elements. The Cheetah software framework provides cross domain (XD) fault and performance tools for DOCSIS-based network management, while preserving existing customer investment by integrating multi-vendor DOCSIS and HMS transponders, as well as legacy Tollgrade/Cheetah transponders. (Tollgrade, www.tollgrade.com) Terayon Communication Systems’ TJ 900 family of embedded multimedia terminal adapters (EMTAs) is designed for cable system operators offering both voice and broadband data services. The TJ 900 family has been designed to deliver two lines of primary or secondary line VoIP, in addition to high-speed Internet access. The TJ 945 is certified to meet both PacketCable 1.0 and DOCSIS 2.0. The TJ 945 is designed for secondary line VoIP service in which a battery backup is not required. The TJ 955 supports primary line VoIP service and has integrated battery backup. (Terayon Communication Systems, www.terayon.com) WooshCom’s MPA-1234 is a low cost miniature ASI to DHEI interface adapter. It is designed specifically to solve the legacy DHEI input port problem on the large installed base of MPEG re-multiplexers at cable headends. The MPA-1234 will enable cable operators utilizing re-multiplexers from firms such as Terayon, BigBand Networks, and Cisco Systems to transform the DHEI input ports on their re-muxes into ASI input ports. The MPA-1234 converts an ASI signal into a 40 Mbps DHEI data stream, which is the maximum DHEI input rate of most re-multiplexers. The device also has an ASI loop-thru output port. (WooshCom, www.WooshCom.com, 303-697-1577) General Bandwidth’s PacketCable qualified G6 Universal Media Gateway (MG) offers an an Emergency Services Module (ESM) to ensure that if communications to the softswitch are severed, local and emergency calling continue on the G6 platform until softswitch communications are restored. The G6 Universal MG interoperates with softswitches using standards-based interfaces and scales to meet the needs of distributed softswitch trunking, including support for CALEA, E911, and security. The G6 platform allows softswitch control of legacy, circuit-based Hosted Digital Terminals (HDT) equipment and ESM control when softswitch communications are severed. The G6 platform also provides reverse and trunking gateway functions simultaneously within the same chassis. (General Bandwidth, www.genband.com) Channell’s "Shutter Box" Series Grade Level Boxes (GLBs) are designed for most subsurface underground utility applications requiring storage, protection and access. "Shutter Box" Series SGLBs are engineered to comply with Telcordia GR-902-CORE, ANSI/SCTE 77 2002, Western Underground and RUS industry standards. Featuring straight sidewalls, a high rib "I beam" design and various cover options, the "Shutter Box" Series SGLB’s are currently available in two sizes: The SGLB1730 (Inside dimensions: 17 X 30 inches) and SGLB2436 (Inside dimensions: 24 X 36 inches). Both are 24inches deep. (Channell Commercial, www.channellcomm.com, 800-423-1863) Signal Vision’s SV-A15PRSV drop amplifier is specifically designed for VoIP installations. The patent pending circuitry allows the operator to connect the VoIP drop through the amplifier without danger of losing emergency phone service if the power source is cut off to the device. A failsafe is designed to allow signal from the VoIP port to continue when power is interrupted to the amplifier with a 1 dB insertion loss. In the regular powered state, the VoIP port receives the same gain as the other RF ports on the amplifier. (Signal Vision, 800-531-3196)

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