TelcoTV Announces 2011 Vision Award Winners Top innovators recognized in nine categories

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TelcoTV, the largest video conference and expo focused on the U.S. service provider market, today announced the winners of the fourth annual TelcoTV Vision Awards.  The awards were presented earlier today at the conference General Sessions, which were streamed live from the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. A distinguished panel of industry executives and analysts selected the winning technologies for demonstrating outstanding innovation and industry leadership.

"Looking at the considerable number of applications we received, there seems to be no shortage of innovation in the industry," said Joseph Braue, SVP and Group Director of UBM TechWeb's Light Reading division, which co-produces the event with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. "We are fortunate to have a dynamic group of vendors and service providers who are constantly bringing new technologies and products to the market. These types of contributions help everyone stay competitive and ultimately offer consumers a better video experience."

The winners in each category are as follows:

Innovation in Broadband Access Networks:
Calix Networks Inc.: E3-48 sealed Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN)
The E3-48 provides much more broadband capacity than any other node access product on the market. With 100MB per second delivered to each end user, simultaneously, through 10GE ports, it is nearly impossible to use up all of the bandwidth the E3-48 provides.

Innovation in Digital Rights Management and Conditional Access Systems:
Viaccess S.A.: Viaccess Content Security Solutions
The Viaccess Content Security Solutions have been deployed by more than 85 pay-TV operators. Viaccess has developed a deep knowledge of its customers' needs and a solid expertise in protecting their premium content with a ready, proven, globally recognized and integrated solution.

Innovation in Customer Premises Equipment:
Pace Americas:  IPH8000 - HD IPTV Set-Top Box
This low-cost, high-performance HD IPTV set-top box is engineered for today's service provider.  It's capable of running multiple middleware platforms and is also compatible with multiple conditional access solutions.

Innovation in Consumer Viewing Experience & Interactivity:
Alcatel-Lucent: Alcatel-Lucent Multi-Screen Video Platform
This multi-screen video platform is a modular solution for service providers that enables TV and video content delivery to a broad range of connected devices. In addition to a content delivery network (CDN), multi-screen clients and integration services from Alcatel-Lucent, the solution includes cloud-based content management and publishing offered through a strategic alliance with the Platform.

Innovation in Test & Measurement:
Witbe Inc.: Witbe Smartphone & Tablet QoE Robot
Witbe offers quality of experience testing and monitoring solutions for live and on-demand multi-screen content and multi-play bundles services. The company's unique QoE technology is based on automated and active probes ("Witbe Robots") that behave like real customers and measure the actual user experience on screen according to what is actually seen and heard, post-device.

Innovation in Content Management Systems:
Harmonic Inc.: Omneon Media Application Server with Omneon ProXplore
The Omneon Media Application Server provides the foundation for the development and deployment of media-centric applications. By combining a single virtualized view of content across managed systems and fundamental media processing services, the server enables accelerated application development and minimizes the complexity of media management.

Innovation in Middleware:
Minerva Networks Inc.: Minerva iTVFusion
Minerva iTVFusion is a next-generation software platform that enables the delivery of television services over broadband networks. Operators worldwide are deploying this new platform to extend the reach of their television services, engage subscribers with compelling applications and services, and monetize them effectively while controlling deployment costs and operating expenses.

Innovation in Video Processing:
RGB Networks Inc.: Enhanced Video Intelligence Architecture (eVIA)
eVIA is the industry's first-ever standards-based TV Everywhere solution, anchored by the company's Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) and its TransAct Packager. Working seamlessly together, these advanced products comprise the industry's most complete, flexible and highly scalable IP-based solution for delivering and monetizing live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile devices.

Service Provider's Innovation Award:
Verizon Communications Inc.: FIOS Home Monitoring and Control
Available to Verizon FiOS and DSL customers, this new service lets consumers remotely monitor their homes from a secure Internet portal. Customers can open door locks, see who's ringing the doorbell, call for help, turn lights on or off, and turn the thermostat up and down, either from a smartphone or a PC.

To qualify for a Vision Award, each entry must have been introduced to the market following last year's TelcoTV 2010 event. The awards are open to video service providers, technology manufacturers and vendors participating in the TelcoTV 2011 conference.

A joint production of UBM TechWeb and NTCA, TelcoTV offers a unique venue for solution providers to showcase their new product and service offerings. The event takes place Oct. 25-27, 2011 in New Orleans. This year's theme, "Ten Years Transforming Telecom & Entertainment," reflects the strides the industry has made since the inception of the tradeshow in 2001, along with the challenges it faces going forward. Visit http://www.TelcoTVonline.com for a complete conference and expo agenda.

About Light Reading (www.lightreading.com)

Light Reading combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 300,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile and wireline executives across five continents. As part of the Light Reading Communications Network (www.lrcn.com), Light Reading leverages the industry's most trusted telecom research brands, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, to contribute to the only integrated business information platform serving the $4 trillion global communications industry.

About Light Reading Communications Network (www.lrcn.com)

The Light Reading Communications Network combines the most trusted telecom research brands with award-winning online communities and a rich events portfolio to deliver the only integrated business information platform serving the global communications industry. With the power of this platform, leaders who build, deploy, finance and regulate next-generation telecom networks are able to make more informed decisions on emerging market and service opportunities. The Light Reading Communications Network is a division of UBM TechWeb (www.ubmtechweb.com), the global leader in technology media and business information.  

About NTCA

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 560 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory, and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit http://www.ntca.org for more information.

CONTACTS:

Dawn Danaher
Media Relations, TelcoTV 2011
Tel: +1 714 378 5841
PR@TelcoTVonline.com

Carolyn Herr
Director of Events
Light Reading
Tel:  + 1 949 223 3614
herr@lightreading.com

SOURCE Light Reading



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