NAGRA and Samsung launch TVkey Cloud Internet-based Smart TV security for premium pay-TV

  • TVkey Cloud brings pay-TV services directly to Internet-connected Smart TVs without the need for any external device
  • TVkey Cloud enables instant service activation via the TV screen using a customized operator user interface based on standard HbbTV middleware and builds on the TVkey foundation for Enhanced Content Protection

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona – September 14, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, with Samsung Electronics, the market leader in home entertainment for over ten years, today announced the launch of TVkey Cloud, the next generation Enhanced Content Protection for Smart TVs equipped with market-proven TVkey hardware based root of trust.

 

TVkey Cloud builds upon the existing TVkey specification deployed in the market today. While the TVkey system using external USB dongles is the reference for “one way” broadcast pay-TV solutions, the increased availability of Internet-connected Smart TVs opens up exciting new possibilities to combine the security capabilities of the TVkey embedded hardware in the TV with sophisticated security management systems in the cloud.

 

TVkey Cloud is open to a wide ecosystem of industry players, including conditional access vendors and TV manufacturers, and complies with MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection of 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and early release content. Samsung will launch the first TVkey Cloud in its 2019 lineup of Smart TVs.

“With TVkey Cloud, we are enabling impulse purchase of pay-TV content on any Samsung Smart TV without requiring any additional hardware, lowering the subscription costs and removing entry barriers,” said Maurice Van Riek, SVP Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “Consumers will be able to activate their pay-TV services instantly as part of the initial TV set-up, making it even easier than ever to access pay-TV services and enjoy their favorite programming on their new Samsung TV set. At the same time, it enables a no-CAPEX business model that gives service providers a cost-optimized path to a premium service.”

All new TVkey Cloud Smart TVs are fully compatible with TVkey USB dongles and will for the first time, allow consumers to immediately access premium broadcast content on their new Smart TV through a TV app with the ease of access as the established OTT service providers.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the TVkey product line, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization  of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

OpenTV Signature Edition enriches the Android TV user experience with world’s first multi-journey content discovery

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 14, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Android TV with an end-to-end user experience ecosystem.

“Operating within an end-to-end TV framework like OpenTV Signature Edition, an Android TV-based solution offers pay-TV operators a compelling TV experience that engages consumers and drives active content monetization,” adds Holger Ippach, Senior Vice President, User Experience Product Unit for NAGRA. “We have been successfully embracing Android for mobile devices and tablets for years, and now with support for Android TV, we can help our customers benefit from everything it has to offer.”

Leveraging NAGRA’s comprehensive multi-device and multi-network service, device and app protection technologies, OpenTV Signature Edition, NAGRA’s ready-to-deploy, always evolved OTT TV ecosystem, offers an end-to-end solution framework that enables effective content and service monetization with Android TV.

OpenTV Signature Edition is designed to maximize content value, while optimizing the experience – not just for the viewer but also in deployment and operations. It delivers a unified, intuitive and seamless user experience across all screens through the world’s first multi-journey user interface that elegantly blends both traditional and modern navigation paths to linear and on-demand content, translating today’s fragmented content landscape into a unified and gratifying viewing experience.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA user experience solutions and include OpenTV Signature Edition, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

NAGRA takes Android TV security to the next level with end-to-end content value protection ecosystem

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 13, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Android TV with an end-to-end content value protection ecosystem.

Following a strong track record of successful Android TV deployments, including Euskaltel in Spain, Canal Digital in Norway, Linknet in Indonesia and SkyLife in Korea all benefiting from its advanced content security solution, NAGRA has now expanded the support for Android TV by leveraging its comprehensive end-to-end Content Value Protection ecosystem all driven from cloud.SSP, its cloud-enabled Security Services Platform.

“We have deployed secure Android multiscreen solutions for several years. NAGRA Connect’s unique capability to elegantly and pragmatically adapt to the device security infrastructure makes it a natural fit for the inherently diverse Android device ecosystem,” says Maurice Van Riek, Senior Vice President Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “Today, service providers planning an Android TV deployment can leverage NAGRA’s complete, end-to-end ecosystem to guard against any type of threat and vulnerability.”

NAGRA Connect, the award-winning converged CAS/DRM client solution for connected set-top boxes and smart televisions, protecting broadcast, IPTV and operator-controlled OTT, leverages a unique adaptive security paradigm to protect any content, on any network and any device. NAGRA Connect complies with MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) requirements for 4K Ultra HD content and leverages the MediaCAS API to elegantly blend into the Android TV client ecosystem, a feature broadly supported across the security clients of NAGRA and Conax product lines.

Combining NAGRA CONNECT’s multi-device, multi-network service, device and app protection technologies, NexGuard’s Hollywood-approved forensic marking techniques and a comprehensive suite of anti-piracy services, the cloud-enabled NAGRA Security Services Platform provides the industry’s most complete and robust security framework, including multi-DRM support, for service providers and content owners. It enables them to protect, mark, monitor and act against pirates to defend their revenues against theft.

NAGRA’s anti-piracy services address the entire intelligence-monitoring-identification-reaction flow and utilize scalable automated online detection powered by advanced forensic marking technologies and backed up by an extensive range of legal and technical shutdown mechanisms to quickly and decisively react to broadly protect the pay-TV service provider’s business.

When all these technologies and services are used together, NAGRA offers a holistic system that provides the ultimate protection for a TV service against loss of revenue and brand reputation, enriching the Android TV ecosystem with the highest level of content security in the market.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

NAGRA’s Conax Contego content protection supports Cignal TV’s strong momentum in the Philippines

  • Cignal TV Inc., the number one pay-TV provider in the Philippines, reaches two million subscribers
  • Cignal TV deployed Conax cardless content protection in September 2015 for complete protection of new SD, HD and hybrid services

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 13, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today that Cignal TV Inc., the leading pay-TV provider in the Philippines, has reached two million subscribers. Cignal TVs next generation platform delivers multiple format TV and hybrid services on a range of set-top-boxes.

“A pay-TV service can only be successful if its content assets are secure,” said Jane Basas, CEO of Cignal TV.” When we first launched our new platform, we chose Conax technologies because we were confident they would deliver – and they did not disappoint. Now, just two years later, we have reached the two million subscriber mark, and could not be more excited for what’s to come. We wish to thank the Conax and now NAGRA teams for their ongoing support and commitment to our growth and success.”

“We congratulate Cignal TV in reaching a significant milestone and one that demonstrates the growing popularity of its service and content with viewers in the Philippines,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, SVP Sales APAC at NAGRA. “We are also proud to be the content security provider for those services and ensure the continued integrity and growth of the Cignal TV service for years to come.”

Cignal TV deployed the Conax cardless solution based on the highly flexible, robust Conax Contego unified security back-end. Conax Contego is developed for seamless support and integration of all major distribution technologies and formats including UHD/4K, smart cards, cardless, next generation IPTV security, advanced multi-DRM / OTT services and new hybrid network combinations. Both Conax solutions are now part of the NAGRA content protection portfolio of advanced and off-the-shelf security solutions.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the Conax product line, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV service providers worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

ThinPrint Cloud Services Unveils Perfect Printing Solution for Coworking Spaces and Universities

The latest ezeep update ensures automatic printing to any authorized printer without admins having to get involved

 

DENVER and BERLIN, September 13, 2018 ThinPrint Cloud Services, a subsidiary of the endpoint print management expert ThinPrint, today released the newest version of ezeep, the leading printing solution for coworking spaces and universities. RFID-based printing is now fully integrated into ezeep, making it the ideal solution in markets where users share multiple printers. In addition to this highly user-friendly set up, the new updates eliminate the need for IT administrators to spend time on printer assignments or printer driver management.

 

Printing in coworking spaces or universities has historically been challenging for both users and IT administrators. Users are tasked with selecting and gaining access to the correct printer and clicking through widely-varying user interfaces, while admins are burdened with assigning the correct printers to the users, as well as managing printer drivers.

 

The new version of ezeep eliminates the need for users to have to choose among several printers on a list. Instead, they simply select the virtual ezeep printer, go to the printer they find most convenient and initiate the printout by holding any RFID card against the RFID scanner connected to it. A fitness club ID can be used just as easily as an employee or library card. The only requirement being that the card must be RFID-enabled. In addition to simplifying the process, ezeep now ensures unauthorized persons cannot accidentally or intentionally take a printout from the printer.

 

On the management side, ezeep enables IT administrators to no longer have to assign printers to users, need to know which users work near which printer or which device they prefer to print from. Due to one cloud-based printer driver, there is no need to install and update printer drivers for each machine or device.

 

“One printer driver, no printer assignment, no clicking through countless printer properties… printing with ezeep is incredibly easy – both for administrators and users,” said Christoph Hammer, CEO of ThinPrint Cloud Services Inc. “This comes with other benefits, such as avoiding

 

unnecessary and expensive uncollected printouts and the certainty that printouts can never fall into the wrong hands at the printer. This is a highly-valuable advantage, especially in institutions such as coworking spaces or universities with many users.”

 

The ezeep cloud-based printing solution with RFID-based printing can be tested free of charge and without any obligation for 30 days and 10 users, including free support from the ezeep team. Alternatively, interested parties can get a first impression of the solution with a demo interface.

 

Additional information can be found on the ThinPrint Cloud Services press page at https://press.thinprintcloud.com/en

 

A free 30-day demo account for 10 users can be set up easily at: https://www.ezeep.com/demo/

 

 

About ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc.

ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of ThinPrint, the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. We focus on providing cloud enabled print and print management solutions to individuals, coworking spaces, educational institutions and other organizations.

 

With ezeep and ezeep Dash, our customers drastically reduce the administration of their print infrastructure and print users by leaving all the time intensive tasks to us. In addition, they benefit from advanced features like print quotas, automated per-page billing, secure release printing, Wi-Fi printing to any printer from mobile devices, remote printing and self-service portals.For more information, please visit: www.ezeep.com.

 

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NAGRA LAUNCHES NEXGUARD QUICKMARK WATERMARKING SOLUTION TO COMBAT PIRACY OF PREMIUM LIVE SPORTS

QuickMark subscriber-level watermarking solution now offered

globally as part of NAGRA’s powerful suite of Anti-Piracy Services

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 10, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced the launch of NexGuard QuickMark, a subscriber-level watermarking solution to fight piracy of premium live sports on open devices.

 

While premium live sports are a key growth driver for legitimate pay-TV service providers, they are also a fast-growing target for pirates who are starting to use open client devices, such as laptops and tablets, as a video source for their pirate services. In this new and growing piracy environment, legitimate service providers require effective anti-piracy solutions and tools, and subscriber-level watermarking is recognized as highly effective, when combined with a secure player.

“The key to combatting OTT piracy of live sport events is to identify its source and shut it down quickly,” said Harrie Tholen, VP of Sales, NAGRA Anti-Piracy & NexGuard NAGRA. “NexGuard QuickMark is a watermarking solution for open client devices, that, when combined with a secure player, gives service providers and content owners the ability to detect which subscriber is re-streaming their live sports event and put a stop to it in real-time. It’s a must-have in their anti-piracy toolset.”

 

NexGuard QuickMark complements the existing NexGuard watermarking solution for set-top-boxes and is part of NAGRA’s suite of anti-piracy services. Its detection capabilities enable near real-time identification of the subscriber at the source of the piracy and the appropriate action to stop it. Using state-of-the-art content identification technologies such as real-time fingerprinting, NAGRA can capture pirate streams from the internet, social media and illicit streaming devices, and feed them into the QuickMark detection platform via an automated interface. As a dynamic client-side solution, NexGuard QuickMark does not require any modifications to the encoding, DRM or CDN systems.

 

NexGuard QuickMark enables a highly secure and robust implementation. It is integrated with the NAGRA OpenTV Player, a secure player for the delivery of premium content services on open client devices, and other third-party players. NexGuard QuickMark will be available to premium sports service providers in late 2018.

 

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, NexGuard watermarking and content value protection solutions will be on display on NAGRA stand, 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

NAGRA’S OPENTV SIGNATURE EDITION TO POWER EUTELSAT CIRRUS OFFERING

  • World-first launch of OpenTV Signature Edition for hybrid satellite/OTT service
  • OpenTV Signature Edition’s powerful user experience and backend platform deliver a brand-new experience to Eutelsat customers

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 7, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, selected  the OpenTV Signature Edition user experience to power Eutelsat CIRRUS, Eutelsat’s new video service for satellite and OTT. Leveraging NAGRA’s powerful OTT platform, the solution was customized for Eutelsat to meet the needs of the hybrid satellite/OTT Eutelsat CIRRUS offering. CIRRUS is available “as a service” to Eutelsat TV broadband customers. The announcement also marks the first deployment of an integrated OpenTV Signature Edition.

 

“Eutelsat selected NAGRA as it was clear that their OpenTV Signature Edition solution, would meet the Eutelsat customers’ requirements – a sophisticated service with advanced features that can continuously evolve to meet the needs of their viewers,” said Bruno Cattan, Director for Terminals and Solutions at Eutelsat. “We look forward to rolling out the service and working with NAGRA in the months ahead to develop new features and enrich our product portfolio.”

 

“We’re delighted to be selected by Eutelsat to power the new Eutelsat CIRRUS platform through our OpenTV Signature Edition product,” said Holger Ippach, SVP, UEX Product Unit, NAGRA. “In selecting NAGRA, Eutelsat has a strong and committed long-term technology partner for a solution that was designed to scale across multiple tenants in different geographies. We applaud Eutelsat on this exciting launch and are committed to supporting them as they extend the Eutelsat CIRRUS service to their customers during this next development phase of their business.”

 

As an “all-in-one” solution, OpenTV Signature Edition brings the best of linear satellite TV content and streaming services to consumers through a simple and intuitive user experience underpinned by a powerful OTT platform. It is designed to assist new entrants into the OTT market, as well as traditional pay-TV operators looking to complement their existing satellite services with compelling OTT services.

 

Eutelsat CIRRUS  powered by NAGRA OpenTV Signature Edition will be on display on the Eutelsat Stand 1.D59 and NAGRA Stand 1.C81 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam, from September 14 to 18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

NAGRA AND SPORT TV JOIN FORCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL LIVE STREAMING OF SOCCER MATCHES IN PORTUGAL AND AROUND THE WORLD

  • NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services provide SPORT TV with IPTV, internet and social media monitoring and takedown services for the 2018-19 season
  • NAGRA brings a unique combination of global expertise and local market knowledge to impact the most popular pirate streaming services in Portugal
  • Latest win marks NAGRA’s increasing footprint in combatting illegal streaming of premium live sports content

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 6, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and SPORT TV, the premium sports network and market leader in Portugal, today announced that they are joining forces in the fight against streaming piracy of live sports content. SPORT TV, which owns the exclusive rights to Portugal’s football league, leverages NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services to protect the premium sports network from illegal live streaming of soccer matches in Portugal and around the world.

“SPORT TV invests significantly and prides itself in providing the world’s best sports programming to its viewers,” said Rui Marques, from SPORT TV. “To protect SPORT TV’s value, and above all to protect consumers from dangerous behaviours that might put in risk their privacy and personal safety, we need to ensure that our content is distributed exclusively through the legitimate channels. As the leader in content protection, NAGRA was the best partner to join forces with and help us preserve that investment not only for our rights holders, but for the enjoyment of our viewers.”

“We applaud SPORT TV in taking the first step in what is a fierce battle against illegal streaming in Portugal and implementing new anti-piracy measures in their territory,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President Anti-Piracy at NAGRA. “Our anti-piracy services provide a holistic approach to fighting piracy, by combining technology, investigations and legal actions to put a stop to illegitimate streaming of premium content. An increasing number of content owners are turning to us to help protect their live sports events from IPTV, internet and social media streaming piracy and return viewers to the legitimate value chain. We look forward to supporting SPORT TV during this season’s games.”

 

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services provide sports rights holders, content owners and service providers with advanced detection, real-time monitoring and takedown services, but also strategic and legal counsel, deep global intelligence combined with local expertise.

 

Along with NAGRA’s industry-leading content protection technologies, including card-based and cardless conditional access, and NexGuard forensic watermarking, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services help both service providers and content owners manage and disrupt today’s piracy ecosystem and the various piracy methods in operation around the world – from open and highly visible piracy on the internet and social media, to key sharing and illegal commercial IPTV piracy services that compete with legitimate offerings.

 

NAGRA content value protection solutions, Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking will be on display on NAGRA stand, 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV service providers worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

 

The Association for Passive Optical LAN Brings POL Education, Growth and Opportunity to BICSI 2018 Fall Conference

This year’s event features APOLAN’s popular POL seminar and the addition of new board members

 

NEW YORK – September 6, 2018 (BICSI Fall Conference, booth #812) The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), is showcasing its latest POL initiatives and the Association’s recent advancements at the BICSI 2018 Fall Conference & Exhibition.

 

“Each year the Association for Passive Optical LAN brings its expertise and market leadership to the BICSI Fall conference with an impressive line-up of events, and this year is no exception,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “Our members include the most innovative movers and shakers in the industry, bringing a breadth of expertise, insight and vision that is a testament to our mission to educate and drive awareness of the superiority of POL.”

 

Time-tested and proven, POL provides the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future LAN needs, while enabling capital savings and ongoing operational savings compared to traditional copper-based networks. POL is quickly growing as a cost-effective replacement for traditional copper LANs by reducing power, space and cooling requirements, while increasing the longevity of structured cabling.

 

APOLAN’s events at the BICSI Fall Conference reinforce the significant opportunity for POL in the industry. BICSI attendees can learn more about APOLAN membership opportunities, as well as its education and advocacy work Sept. 9-13 at booth #812.

 

BICSI Fall Seminar: The Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

When: Sept. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

Cabling design, installation and IT professionals attending this seminar will be given fundamental knowledge on the underlying technologies in POL. This will include an overview of the value, architecture and advantages of POL, as well as an in-depth look into design and installation guidelines and specifications for hardware currently available in the industry. The event will also include hands-on exercises on Passive Optical LAN design principles. Attendees will receive six BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for this one-day event.

 

For more information visit: https://www.bicsi.org/fall/2018/default.aspx?id=9147

 

The Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members:

 

APOLAN continues to gain traction with the addition of two new board members, Brian Hardy, Executive VP at IT Connect and Paul Mills, Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. These members have taken on leadership positions to share expertise to further generate market opportunity for fiber-based networks.

 

Brian Hardy is the Executive Vice President for ITConnect, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the Services and Information Systems marketplace to his position at APOLAN. Hardy not only builds profitable operations, but also champions highly complex technical endeavors with global impact. He has personally led more than 50 optical LAN installs over the Government, Educational and Hospitality verticals. He is a strong advocate of Optical LANs and thoroughly understands the integration and use cases for successful deployments. Hardy has a tremendous amount of experience in the deployment of various technology management and operations covering all aspects of the OSI model with manufacturers, such as Cisco, HPE, Juniper, Brocade, Palo Alto and Extreme.

 

Paul Mills is the Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. Prior to this work he held management positions with 3M, Anixter and other prominent infrastructure and networking companies. Mills bring more than 20 years of experience in the converged IP industry to APOLAN. His seasoned leadership skills and technical aptitude coupled with an in-depth knowledge of business development expertise makes him an adaptable and innovative management professional. An effective motivator and communicator, Mills works well in challenging environments where resourcefulness and proficiency are required.

 

 

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association helps designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use Passive Optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/

 

Twitter: @APOLANglobal

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3625305/

 

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NAGRA’S CLOUD SECURITY STREAMLINES GLOBAL, MULTI-NETWORK, MULTI-DEVICE CONTENT VALUE PROTECTION FOR VODAFONE TV

  • Vodafone Group is the first operator to leverage the full operational flexibility and agility of the new NAGRA cloud.SSP, serving regional operations in Italy, Greece, Spain and New Zealand
  • NAGRA’s next-generation Security Services Platform (SSP) provides a single content value protection system for Vodafone’s converged TV service on multiple networks, including IPTV, hybrid broadcast and OTT
  • The NAGRA SSP streamlines all device use cases by combining the NAGRA Connect converged CAS/DRM client on STBs along with comprehensive multi-DRM support for open devices
  • The NAGRA SSP and Connect client meets all Hollywood studio requirements for Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) and can be delivered via public, private or hybrid cloud.

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September  4, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, has selected and deployed the NAGRA Security Services Platform (SSP). The company is using the platform to secure its multi-network TV service, Vodafone TV (VTV), across several countries including Italy, Greece, Spain and New Zealand, with more European and East European countries deployments to follow.

Deployed as a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, the NAGRA Security Services Platform enables Vodafone to secure multiple network types – including IPTV, hybrid broadcast and OTT – using a single content protection platform. The NAGRA SSP provides Vodafone with the NAGRA Connect client for converged CAS/DRM content protection, as well as the OpenTV Player to extend the viewing experience securely to portable devices.

“As one of the world’s fastest growing broadband providers, it was critical for us to work with a partner who could deliver a solution specifically designed for converged networks, but one that is also easy to deploy and addresses our need for scale and international reach,” said Nuno Sanches, Head of Product Development, Vodafone. “The NAGRA Security Services Platform and its cloud-based model have helped us achieve that, enabling fast-time-to-market of the VTV service.”

“Advanced multi-network service providers like Vodafone are increasingly looking to rationalize their first-generation architectures by selecting a scalable, modular, cloud-based solution to unify all aspects of their content protection needs, said Thierry Legrand, SVP Sales EMEA, NAGRA. “The NAGRA Security Services Platform allows them to do just that, regardless of which network or device they’re delivering their content to. That simplifies their operations and reduces overheads while still allowing them to meet all relevant Hollywood and sports rights holder requirements for Enhanced Content Protection.”

The NAGRA SSP is a single suite of solutions to address every content protection need. It is also fully modular, providing a seamless and unique environment for managing live/on demand on IPTV, hybrid broadcast, and multi-DRM OTT environments, allowing operators such as Vodafone to manage devices, subscribers, linear TV and on demand products from a single system. It can be delivered to operators as a SaaS model – as is the case with Vodafone – allowing an operator to run as a tenant on a single system, or deployed in a private cloud infrastructure. Above and beyond pure content protection the NAGRA SSP is also offering a broad range of additional security extensions, such as device authentication for open devices and secure session management.

NAGRA Connect is a single, converged CAS/DRM client (supporting NAGRA PRM, the operator-controlled DRM) that enables the multi-network, multi-device, multi-use case reality, helping operators reduce complexity and cost. NAGRA Connect features a unique Adaptive Security concept that pragmatically leverages a wide range of device security infrastructures, making it the perfect tool to progressively innovate an existing service. NAGRA Connect can be implemented on set-top boxes, open devices or connected TVs, and also includes the ability to natively secure Netflix streaming to set-top boxes.

The OpenTV Player provides a consistent and secure service across all major open device platforms (Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android). Integrated with NAGRA PRM as well as all the relevant open device platform DRMs (PlayReady, FairPlay, Widevine) and supported by the NAGRA SSP’s multi-DRM module, OpenTV Player achieves the highest security level across a wide range of operator-controlled and consumers devices.

NAGRA content value protection solutions will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, Hall 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam (14-18 September 2018). For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV service providers worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.