NAGRA extends content protection partnership with kbro in Taiwan for 4K Ultra HD and Android TV pay-TV service

  • Taiwan’s leading MSO adopts NAGRA Connect content protection solution to secure 4K Ultra HD content over hybrid cable and OTT network
  • NAGRA to secure operator’s 4K Android TV deployment in early 2019

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – January 30, 2019 – 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 it has extended its content protection partnership with kbro, Taiwan’s number one cable operator, to include the service provider’s new 4K Ultra HD service delivered over a hybrid cable and OTT network.

A NAGRA customer since 2009, kbro has deployed NAGRA Connect in 2018 on top of the existing NAGRA conditional access and OpenTV OTT backend platform and will enable kbro to fulfill the most rigid content protection requirements, including early release content. NAGRA will also secure the operator’s 4K Ultra HD services on Android TV in early 2019.

“As a leading supplier of content protection solutions, NAGRA has a proven track record in delivering robust security solutions that are endorsed by the studios and protect businesses from piracy,” said Alex Hsieh, Chief Technology Officer at kbro. “As such, NAGRA was the clear choice to secure this deployment, which represented a minimal upgrade to our existing platform and gives us the peace of mind that our 4K content investment remains secure.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with kbro and secure their new 4K service and upcoming  Android TV deployment,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, Senior Vice President of Sales for APAC at NAGRA. “Our content protection solutions enable kbro to fulfill their commitment to content providers and ensure the integrity of premium 4K Ultra HD content as well as content in all forms, on any network and any device. We look forward to supporting kbro as they grow their service.”

NAGRA Connect is an award-winning converged CAS/DRM client solution for connected set-top boxes and smart televisions, protecting broadcast, IPTV and operator-controlled OTT, and leveraging 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. NAGRA’s holistic content value protection system 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.

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.

About Kbro

Kbro is the top ranking leading brand of Multi-Service Operator in the cable pay-TV market in Taiwan. It has the broadest network coverage in the region and offers customers an unrivalled selection of content, from local offerings to the best selection from across the globe. Kbro is dedicating to deliver best user experience to their subscribers via not only offering hybrid DTV-OTT services, but also enabling value added services accompanying with their network.

The Association for Passive Optical LAN Announces 2018 APOLAN Award Winners

Honorees showcase innovation, education and promotion of Passive Optical LAN’s growing global adoption

NEW YORK – January 22, 2019 – BICSI Winter Conference 2019 booth #534 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), today announced the winners of the 2018 APOLAN Awards. The awards recognize member companies that have embraced the Association’s mission to educate, advocate and promote POL. Honorees were recognized at the APOLAN annual member meeting awards ceremony today at the BICSI 2019 Winter Conference & Exhibition.

“Now in its third year, the APOLAN Member Awards recognizes APOLAN companies that have had a widespread impact on the adoption of POL technology over the past year,” said Paul Mills, APOLAN Chairman and Director of Sales North America at Excel Networking. “This year’s honorees exemplify the innovation and expertise needed to deliver the technical and business advantages of this technology, while playing an instrumental role in increasing the global adoption of POL.”

THE INNOVATION AWARD: Recognizes APOLAN member companies that have promoted innovative POL advancements to meet industry technical challenges.

  • APOLAN Innovation Platinum Winner:

Qypsys, with supporting member company Corning, for the Frost Tower: Converged POL & DAS design and development

Frost Tower is 25 story building in downtown Fort Worth, Texas that has 230,000 square feet of Class A office space and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Qypsys was selected to assist in the design and deployment of a complete, converged powered fiber infrastructure to support POL and a Carrier Distributed Access System. This project represents one of the earliest examples of the application of these technologies to a multi-tenant environment, aimed to be the default standard for how developers plan their buildings’ technologies.

  • APOLAN Innovation Gold Winner:

VT Group, with supporting member companies Tellabs and Corning, for the Design/Build of IT Infrastructure for U.S. Maritime Administration’s State Maritime Academies Training Ships

VT Group designed an IT / Passive Optical LAN (POL) design for the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). MARAD’s current training and response fleet was developed in the 1960’s and the need to construct state of the art vessels is critical to the continuing mission and success of MARAD. The NSMV Ship, when constructed, will provide training for maritime sailors and provide critical support for coastal national disasters and humanitarian efforts. The upgraded IT transforms the State Maritime Academies trainings ships’ systems to be interconnected, scalable and aligned to handle today’s demand and future technology needs.

THE PROMOTION AWARD: Recognizes APOLAN member companies that have implemented promotion initiatives to contribute to the awareness of POL and its benefits.

  • APOLAN Promotion Platinum Winner:

CallisonRTKL, with supporting company Dasan Zhone Solutions, for the Large Non-Profit Headquarters POL installation

The installation of POL at a large non-profit Headquarters in Washington, D.C. demonstrates a full convergence of connected technologies in an enterprise network setting. With over 38 million members and the two largest-circulation publications in the U.S., this non-profit is a household name in the U.S. The installation of POL at their headquarters can be referenced as a model installation for the technology industry to demonstrate that POL can meet the needs of the latest connectivity innovations and provide significant cost savings at the same time.

  • APOLAN Promotion Gold Winner:

Alpha Technologies, with supporting member company Noovis, for the Powering POL Learning Lab

Alpha and Noovis collaborated to create a full power system learning lab for both outdoor and indoor PON. Various powering techniques are displayed including ±190Vdc power for NEC Class 1 circuits and outside applications, as well as current-limited 57Vdc power for NEC Class 2 circuits used for indoor POL power. The training facility provides hands on access to commercial and defense end users, as well as engineering firms. Alpha has already begun training potential customers and end users on how power affects POL.

THE EDUCATION AWARD: Recognizes APOLAN member companies that have implemented learning initiatives to contribute to the education of POL and its benefits.

  1. APOLAN Education Platinum Winner:

Solara Technical Sales, with supporting member company Qypsys, for “Powering Options for Passive Optical LAN”

There are several ways to power POL. The Solara Technical Sales course explores the inherent issues with utility power at the building entrance, the need for on-site energy storage, and the various power options for POL systems. The course is a BICSI-approved two-credit course that is provided across the country for design engineers. As a result of this course, Solara has helped get PON designed into many new buildings, sports stadiums and college campuses.

  • APOLAN Education Gold Winner:

CallisonRTKL and ITConnect for “BICSI Conference Training: Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN”

The Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN (POL) training at the BICSI conferences continue to represent a progression of the technology into the mainstream. The course addresses all aspects of the technology. With 30 to 80 attendees per session, it provides consultants, installers and designers with the information they need to recommend and design POL solutions for end users. It is the only formal conference training offered to support the industry in design, installation and integration of POL.

For more information about POL, the Association or the APOLAN Awards, 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 hopes to help 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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APOLAN to Bring Passive Optical LAN Advocacy and Education to BICSI 2019 Winter Conference & Exhibition

The Association for Passive Optical LAN’s 2019 event line-up will include the annual APOLAN award ceremony, members meeting and pre-conference training 

NEW YORK – January 16, 2019 -– BICSI Winter Conference 2019 booth #534 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical LANs  (POL), today announced it will showcase POL’s growth and opportunities at the BICSI 2019 Winter Conference & Exhibition taking place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando on January 20-24.

“At BICSI Winter 2019, APOLAN’s member companies are, once again, coming together to showcase POL technology is the future-ready, high-performance infrastructure for buildings and campuses,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman.“With today’s increasing technological demands, this technology continues to be the cost-effective replacement for traditional copper LANs with its ability to reduce power, space and cooling requirements, and cost while increasing the longevity of structured cabling.” ​

APOLAN’s line up of BICSI Winter events will include:

APOLAN’s ”Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN” pre-conference training seminar:

APOLAN and member companies, CallisonRTKL and ITConnect Inc., will host the “Fundamental of Passive Optical LAN” annual training seminar 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. This opportunity provides an overview of the value, architecture, design and powering considerations for a POL. In addition to learning the fundamentals of this technology, attendees of the training will have a full design to delivery understanding of a POL network. Attendees that complete the one-day seminar will receive six Continuing Education Credits (CECs). Seminar registration can be completed at the BICSI 2019 Winter website.

APOLAN Annual Members’ Meeting and APOLAN Awards Ceremony:

APOLAN will hold its annual member meeting in conjunction with the BICSI Winter Conference. The event, open to all member companies, will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in breakout room Sarasota 1, located inside the convention center. The 2018 APOLAN Award winners will be announced at a ceremony, honoring member companies that have embraced the Association’s mission to educate and advocate the global adoption of passive optical LANs. For a list of past winners, visit http://apolanglobal.org/apolan-member-awards-2018/member-awards-history/

APOLAN members will also be available at the BICSI Winter Conference booth #534 to meet and offer additional expertise on POL technologies and trends. For more information on APOLAN, or to apply for membership, please 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 hopes to help 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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The Data Gold Mine

ThinPrint Software Delivers on Xerox’s Security and Performance Commitment

Solution supported on Xerox VersaLink and AltaLink Devices   

(BERLIN/DENVER, January 9, 2019) – Understanding that security is equally as important to small and midsize companies as large enterprises, XeroxVersaLink® and XeroxAltaLink® family of business printers support ThinPrint software.  ThinPrint’s solution ensures end-to-end encryption of print data and efficient compression and streaming of print data, delivering printouts at faster rates.

 “We were able to see the market relevance of ThinPrint’s solution in several projects,” says Ammar Degani, Head of Portfolio Planning at Xerox. “With our new firmware, we have created the conditions for users of the VersaLink and AltaLink series to fully benefit from ThinPrint compression technology and meet security requirements for printing.” 

ThinPrint print management solution already optimizes printing for over 25,000 companies of all sizes worldwide. Aside from print data encryption and compression, other valuable core functions include printer mapping as well as driver management for all potential scenarios. In addition, there are important technologies included to ensure high availability printing as well as easy integration of branch offices into the existing print infrastructure.

 “We have worked successfully with Xerox on a number of major projects,” says Bernd Hausmann, Director Business Development Printer Manufacturer at ThinPrint. “We are pleased that support for our software is now included as standard in this important Xerox product line.” Xerox VersaLink and AltaLink family printers equipped with the latest firmware support ThinPrint technology. 

A free trial version of the ThinPrint solution is available at www.thinprint.com/demo.For more information on the Xerox VersaLink and AltaLink portfolio, visit  https://www.xerox.com/en-us/connectkey. ThinPrint press releases are available at https://press.thinprint.com/, photos athttps://press.thinprint.com/media

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. 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. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers all due to ThinPrint. The investment in ThinPrint leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print system reduces the burden on IT departments, results in significant performance improvements to the network while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and Brazil, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of terminals, print boxes and thin clients of leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung, VMware, Dell/Wyse and Xerox.

Telefónica deploys NAGRA content protection to secure Movistar IPTV service worldwide

  • NAGRA provides Telefónica and its subsidiaries in Latam with next generation content protection for the IPTV content, including 4K UHD
  • The NAGRA Security Services Platform (SSP) and NAGRA Connect client provide a single security solution to secure new generation set-top boxes
  • Solution addresses CAS for IPTV linear TV, while meeting the highest Hollywood studio requirements for the protection of premium and enhanced content such as 4K UHD

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – January 8, 2019 – 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 Telefónica, a global leader in telecommunications, has deployed the NAGRA Security Services Platform (SSP) managing the NAGRA Connect client to secure its Movistar IPTV service and 4K Ultra HD content in multiple countries with newest STBs. The announcement marks the first deployment of the NAGRA SSP and NAGRA Connect with a telco provider in an IPTV environment.

The new security platform provides Telefónica with a single, 4K-ready content protection system capable of securing multiple devices types, from existing set-top boxes to next generation set-top boxes, as well as multiple use cases as required by the operator regarding live TV. It will also benefit content owners, ensuring them of the highest level of security for premium and enhanced content, such as 4K, and consumers, enabling access to new IPTV services in the operator’s newest markets, as well as to high-quality 4K content using a new generation of set-top boxes.

 “We are proud that Telefónica has selected NAGRA as their security partner for their worldwide IPTV deployments,” said Maurice Van Riek, SVP Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “The NAGRA Security Services Platform provides a single suite of solutions to address every content protection need and provides a scalable and modular system for managing multiple environments across existing and newer generation set-top boxes. Together with the Connect client, Telefónica has a robust and comprehensive 4K and IP-ready content protection solution that can seamlessly deploy across device generations, regions and markets.”

The NAGRA Security Services Platform (SSP) goes beyond simple CAS and DRM management to give service providers complete control of content value protection across all of their networks, devices and use cases, and can be deployed on an operator’s premises or in the cloud, in a software-as-a-service model (SaaS). Its Connect client provides cable and IPTV service providers with a native IP security solution that combines the best of CAS and DRM solutions into a single client supporting connected broadcast, IPTV, operator and third-party OTT delivery (including Netflix), and in-home distribution. The Connect client features a unique Adaptive Security concept that pragmatically leverages the security infrastructure of any client device to uniformly address a wide range of STB generations, all from one single platform. The NAGRA SSP and its range of security solutions fully support Movielabs’ Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) profile Hollywood-approved for 4K Ultra HD content.

NAGRA content value protection solutions, new cloud-based Security Service Platform, Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking will be on display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in NAGRA suite, The Venetian Meeting Rooms, Level 4, Zeno 4609, from January 8-11, 2019. For more information on NAGRA’s CES presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ces.

About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks. As a growing company it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests. The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and 346 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 5,037,804,990 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

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.

Novatek to embrace NAGRA Connect and TVkey Cloud for next generation TV chipsets

* NAGRA Connect and TVkey Cloud bring pay-TV services directly to internet-connected Smart TVs without the need for any external device
* Operator branded user experiences featuring instant service activation leveraging standard HbbTV2.0 middleware 
* Wide range of broadcast, IPTV and OTT service models managed through NAGRA’s cloud SSP Security-as-a-Service platform

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – January 7, 2019 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, along with Novatek, a leading silicon solution provider, today announced that Novatek’s next generation TV chipsets will natively support both NAGRA Connect and TVkey Cloud.

In a first phase Novatek will use a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) based device security framework to support NAGRA Connect, the award-winning converged CAS/DRM solution for connected set-top boxes and smart televisions, protecting broadcast, IPTV and operator-controlled OTT.

In a next phase and as part of its 2020 silicon roadmap, Novatek will additionally onboard silicon support for TVkey Cloud, the next generation Enhanced Content Protection for Smart TVs equipped with market-proven TVkey hardware-based root of trust.

NAGRA Connect and TVkey Cloud are managed from the NAGRA cloud.SSP Security-as-a-Service platform enabling a wide range of broadcast, IPTV and OTT service models.

“The collaboration with NAGRA is a great partnership as it enables Novatek to provide a robust security solution” said J.H. Chang, Senior Vice President, Novatek. “We look forward to working closely with NAGRA and shortening development cycle for TV brands to launch premium pay-TV services.”

“The Smart TV keeps gaining traction as a preferred device for media entertainment. With our portfolio of direct-to-TV content protection solutions, we offer both consumers and service providers a cost-optimized path to a premium and convenient service,” said Maurice Van Riek, SVP Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “We are pleased to welcome Novatek to our Smart TV solution portfolio. This marks an important step in growing the ecosystem of TV manufacturers that enable TV enjoyment directly on the smart TV without additional hardware.”

Jointly defined by NAGRA and Samsung, TVkey Cloud leverages the increased availability of internet-connected Smart TVs to combine the security capabilities of the TVkey embedded hardware in the TV with sophisticated security management systems in the cloud.

TVkey Cloud enabled Smart TVs allow consumers to immediately access premium broadcast content on their new Smart TVs through a TV app with the ease of access as the established OTT service providers. 

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. 

NAGRA’s CES 2019 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include NAGRA cloud.SSP, NAGRA Connect, TVkey, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking at NAGRA’s new location in The Venetian Meeting Rooms, Level 4, Zeno 4609, from January 8-11, 2019. For more information on NAGRA’s CES 2019 presence, please visit our CES minisite.

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 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.

About Novatek
Novatek Microelectronics Corp. is a worldwide Top-10 fabless chip design company specializing in design, development and sales of a wide range of display driver ICs & SoC solutions to help our worldwide customers to meet their emerging needs for various flat-panel display and smart audio/video applications.