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The December 4, 2008 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Broadband Library--tru2way and Remote Management

Readers will remember that we write a regular column for Broadband Library, distributed quarterly to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Our recent columns discussed tru2way as an open application platform, and remote management of triple-play services.

Should tru2way Be An Open Platform for Innovative Applications?

Our column in the Fall 2008 issue (now available on our website) characterized tru2way as a "virtual cable box" that can be embedded in consumer electronics equipment. (An earlier article in this newsletter Cable Show 2008: Time for tru2way discussed other aspects of tru2way .)

In Make tru2way a Truly Open Platform, Sandy said the cable industry should "open up the tru2way platform." Saying that the industry seems "focused far more on its own traditional services than on innovation," she recommended a stronger focus on third-party applications, "developing a fast path for including them in the tru2way platform."

In Not So Fast, People Want Reliable TV, Dave said tru2way is a very complex environment "with multiple applications running simultaneously...and competing for processor and memory resources." Because these applications "could interfere with the TV picture," he says "operators will want to test them very carefully. 'Walk before you run' would seem to be a prudent tru2way approach for cable operators. First priority must be given to the 'core' applications that enable the TV viewing experience." Innovative applications will have to wait until later.

Remote Management of Triple-Play Services

The Winter 2008 issue has just been published. Our column focuses on remote monitoring of equipment in customer homes. Sandy describes weaknesses in the approaches cable operators use to diagnose problems in homes with video, voice and data "triple-play" services. Dave describes the comprehensive remote monitoring approach telephone companies have deployed based on TR-069; these protocols are now being adopted for other applications such as WiMAX, and Dave says "TR-069 is fast becoming the global standard for remote management of triple-play services."

Our column is summarized in the Broadband Library section of our website. When the Spring 2009 issue is published, we will post the full content of this column on our website.