APOLAN Unveils Top Five Factors Driving Passive Optical LAN Adoption

The Association for Passive Optical LAN shares the top considerations to ensure a secure, cost-effective and performance-driven network for long-term business success


NEW YORK – October 30, 2018 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), today released the findings of its APOLAN member survey, naming the top five factors that are driving the adoption of POL. These factors play a significant role in streamlining organizations’ smart building digital transformation strategies aimed to keep pace with the latest technology demands, such as IoT and mobility applications.

“As organizations focus on technological strategy decisions for 2019, smart building digital transformation remains one the most important conversations taking place in the hospitality, education, enterprise, government and building/architecture markets,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys president and APOLAN chairman. “Leveraging the expertise of our APOLAN membership companies, we identified the following factors that decision makers must consider when re-evaluating their network backbone technology options to ensure both short- and long-term network success.”

  1. Cloud: While classic LANs were originally designed to carry traffic between computers in a building or campus, today’s LAN must connect users to their software as-a-service (SaaS) applications running in the cloud. Unlike legacy systems, POL extends broadband Internet to LAN users by providing a superior connection experience to SaaS applications.
  1. Investment Protection: Cost is always a key consideration when determining the best technology and investment strategy. A lower-cost, future-ready medium, fiber LAN provides utility and ROI for many decades beyond what is feasible with copper LAN cabling. With less equipment and lower energy and cooling needs, POL is simpler to deploy and to maintain, delivering greater CapEx and OpEx savings. It also eliminates the need for telecom closets, enabling organizations to convert this extra space into more revenue-generating areas.
  1. Mobile Connectivity: Today’s advances in Wi-Fi, such as 802.11ax, not only carry more traffic than ever before, but also require networks to support a large number of users in a small area. Driven by this user demand and the significant influx of IoT applications, areas must also accommodate a growing number of connected devices, with each expected to guarantee superior accessibility. POL is an ideal match for these high-density scenarios as its level of connectivity meets the growing demand for mobile services and wireless technologies, and enables integration with a facility or campus wireless network infrastructure, including Wi-Fi and DAS, to ensure optimal results.
  1. Network Convergence: Organizations struggle to ensure scalability that accommodates changing bandwidth needs, as well as availability that keeps business going with no unplanned interruptions. POL’s ability to converge all services on one network provides unparalleled speed, reliability and future-proof scalability.
  2. Security: Protecting valuable data and assets is a growing concern for many organizations. The good news is POL reduces network points of vulnerability and has a proven track record of improving security for military agencies and government facilities. Unlike copper-based LANs, POL is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference, making it impossible to tap. In addition, it uses a centralized element management interface, which results in a reduction of human errors, and therefore, better security when performing everyday network configuration changes.

APOLAN members are among the most innovative players in the market in shaping the future of network connectivity. The survey was open to all Association members to provide insights into the key network and technology trends and topics relevant to today’s evolving market. For information visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/.

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/


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NAGRA secures Sky Italia’s new retail DVB-T pay-TV service

NAGRA broadcast and direct-to-TV content protection technologies secure set-top box and CAM module retail offering for pay-TV operator

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – October 25 , 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and Sky Italia, the Italian digital satellite television platform owned by Sky plc., have launched a new DVB-T pay-TV service secured by NAGRA’s broadcast and direct-toTV content protection technologies.

The new terrestrial service is available on Sky Italia DVB-T set-top boxes and Conditional Access Modules (CAM) for digital TVs, available for sale on the Italian retail market with an exclusive offer that contains four channels of entertainment, eight cinema and series channels, and sports channels featuring premium sports content including Serie A football, UEFA Champions League and Europa League, Formula One auto racing and MotoGP Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Sky Italia and have them benefit from our retail expertise in pay-TV,” said Carlo Stramaglia, Vice President Sales, Italy, at NAGRA.  “NAGRA technologies are best-of-breed when it comes to broadcast and direct-to-TV security for premium content addressing virtually any business requirement while providing robust content protection. We look forward to supporting them in this new venture.”

NAGRA’s broadcast content protection technology leverages the NAGRA Broadcast Headend security platform to enable advanced broadcast business models and a full portfolio of security features which are the cornerstones of premium broadcast TV. It is both flexible and scalable, and delivers best-of-breed hardware-based security for virtually any business requirement and withstand the most advanced attacks. Integrated with NAGRA content protection and relying on the DVB CI and CI Plus standards, CAM modules enable pay-TV operators to deliver premium 4K Ultra HD content directly to integrated TV sets (iDTV) through broadcast or broadband IP network without a set-top box.



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.

Providers on ResNet bandwidth challenges


  • Long-term Conax technology customer Ultravision extends its service portfolio with an IPTV multiscreen service for Android and iOS devices
  • The new service combines both domestic and international live TV channels, adding start-over and catch-up
  • Launch marks the first cloud deployment of the Conax GO Live solution in Mexico


Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – October 17, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announces the  launch of a secure multiscreen solution with pay-TV operator Ultravision, part of the Ultra Telecom group, in Mexico. The solution marks the first cloud deployment of the Conax GO Live solution in Mexico.

Ultravision’s new multiscreen service UltraTV, which is expected to launch this month, will enable its subscribers to watch the best linear pay-TV channels in Puebla, Mexico using their iOS or Android mobile devices. It will also offer advanced features like start-over, catch-up and trick-play with full Electronic Program Guide (EPG) functionality on linear TV channels enabling a 24/7 service.

“We wanted to launch an IPTV multiscreen service very fast, without the complexity,” said Patricio Zorrilla, CEO, Ultravision. “Cost-efficiency was also a key consideration in a low ARPU market like Mexico, and after evaluating different options, we decided to move forward with the Conax GO Live solution delivered as a service operating on Amazon Web Services (AWS), integrated with Conax Contego, our content security platform. It is the perfect extension enabling us to launch linear TV channels quickly and effortlessly on mobile consumer devices.”

Tom Wirth, Senior VP Sales, Americas, for NAGRA, added: “This deployment is yet another milestone for NAGRA in embracing the public cloud to provide off-the-shelf content security to pay-TV operators worldwide. It delivers all the key components of an end-to-end solution in a way that is fast to deploy, scales at the pace of customer growth, handles viewing peaks with ease and keeps content safe.”

NAGRA enables the new Ultravision’s service UltraTV with pre-integrated, best-of-breed partner technology to create an end-to-end IPTV multiscreen solution that was ready to deploy in less than 30 days. It includes a content management system and white-label apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. End-users can also cast their content to a TV screen using Google Cast or Apple AirPlay. Running on AWS, the Conax GO Live solution operates on the Conax Contego unified content security platform supporting major native DRMs.

Conax Contego is a highly flexible platform designed with operational efficiency and cost optimization in mind and supports all distribution network technologies, consumer devices and security clients from a unified management system. Conax Contego can be deployed on-site, from a private cloud or a public cloud, managed by the pay-TV operator or as a fully managed service.



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 supplies 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.


RFID Secures Printing Process in Public Spaces

ThinPrint Brings a New Dimension of High Availability Printing to Parallels Remote Application Server Users

DENVER and BERLIN, October 2, 2018 — ThinPrint, the leading endpoint print management provider, today announced its new integration capabilities with Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS, parallels.com/ras), to deliver a highly available printing experience for remote applications and desktops. The new Parallels RAS and ThinPrint combined solution enhances the end-user and IT administrator experience while improving employee productivity on any device connected to the virtual environment.


ThinPrint is a sophisticated, fast and highly secure print solution that enables IT administrators to enhance printing from Parallels RAS virtual desktop environments and applications. Parallels RAS empowers customers to access and run their virtual desktops, applications and files from any device – including iPad, iPhone, and Android tablet or phone using native touch gestures. Additionally, Parallels RAS makes virtual Windows applications and files seamlessly available to work with via a PC, Windows Surface, Mac, Chromebook, Linux, Raspberry Pi and any device with an HTML5 browser. Benefits include:


  • Enhanced performance: Parallels RAS and ThinPrint users take advantage of the highest quality printing and the most efficient remote application delivery and VDI with powerful automation and complete analytics.
  • Centralized management from a single pane of glass: Parallels RAS provides IT administrators a centralized dashboard, which can include seamless integration of ThinPrint for printing management, to significantly reduce the burden on IT administrators.
  • Reduce tasks for IT support: Virtual desktop and application delivery to any device is seamless with Parallels RAS and ThinPrint. Users have all their applications, services and printers always assigned with unified user interfaces and user self-service – even across diverse fleets of devices – dramatically reducing the need for helpdesk and IT support.
  • Business Continuity: Parallels RAS and ThinPrint empower users to easily access to the applications and services they need. ThinPrint’s print-specific monitoring helps ensure that any issues are addressed without interrupting operations or forcing IT to work outside of business hours.


ThinPrint is a key element for a successful remote application strategy. Industry priorities, such as GDPR, automation and business continuity are addressed through ThinPrint’s end-to-end encryption, easily customizable PowerShell Scripting and print-specific monitoring to ensure maximum availability.


“Printing continues to be an essential business function for our Parallels RAS customers,” said Giorgio Bonuccelli, department manager for Parallels RAS. “ThinPrint provides great printing capabilities that now easily integrate with Parallels RAS.”


“Together Parallels RAS and ThinPrint provide easy-to-use virtual applications and desktops with printing via any network-connected device in the secure digital workplace,” said Henning Volkmer, president of ThinPrint. “Any business looking to address cloud, security and mobility can benefit from Parallels RAS with integrated ThinPrint technology for a seamless printing experience.”


Parallels RAS dramatically simplifies and lowers costs of virtual desktop and application delivery for businesses and organizations in a wide range of industries — including healthcare, education, banking and finance, manufacturing, and public sector – via nearly any device or operating system.  Parallels RAS details, a live demo and free trial are available at parallels.com/ras. Technical insights of the joint solution can be found in this technical solution brief about Parallels RAS printing.


About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally-patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of endpoint print management. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint.