What’s next for Windows and the Enterprise?

On September 30, 2014, Microsoft’s “Windows Event” will take place in San Francisco. At the event, the tech giant is expected to deliver a “Windows Technical Preview,” where developers and enterprise customers will have the opportunity to learn more about major changes the company is making.

Details about what those major changes entail are not disclosed yet, but many believe Microsoft might be leading to more enterprise-friendly improvements, following the footsteps of Apple. When the company launched iOS 7, Apple provided advanced ways to deploy devices and deliver great user experience for employees.

One of the most expected changes Microsoft might showcase is an improved Windows system. A preview of Windows 9 and its features could be part of the “Windows Event” as well.

Over the past few weeks, leaked screenshots and videos have led many to speculate we could also see a new Start menu, a number of business-facing features like virtual desktops and a notification center. The Windows 9 Notification Center is expected to collect system and application alerts, similar to how Windows phones. This could potentially be viewed as an initiation to aid mobile device management in the enterprise sector. Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, will also most likely be included in the new OS with even more features.

What new or improved Windows features would you find most helpful for the enterprise? Let us know below or on Twitter.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo: Next Gen and Back When

The SCTE has gone fishing – overseas – looking to increase its ranks. Its Cable-Tec Expo in Denver this week expects international show attendees to reach 10%, up 4% from last year. To act as an international gateway for membership and certification standards, SCTE recently launched their International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), a brand and training division that will supply training and certification resources around the world.

Another of SCTE’s efforts is to educate the industry about next-gen technologies for the home. This year’s Cable-Tec Expo includes a record-setting 48 workshops, designed to focus on next-gen customer experiences, video and networks. A recent SCTE press release provided explanation for the workshop agenda:

“The cable technology community is continuing to raise the bar when it comes to the innovation and service delivery that can attract and retain customers,” said Daniel Howard, senior vice president and CTO of SCTE.  ”The agenda created by Tony Werner and our Program Committee is designed to provide engineering and operations professionals with the tools they need to sharpen our industry’s competitive edge.”

It’s important to acknowledge the visionary people and important places that got the industry to where it is today. Denver, home to Comcast, CableLabs and the Cable Center, is still a cable innovation epicenter. This makes it fitting that the Cable-Tec Expo is back in the Mile High City this year, as SCTE celebrates is 45th anniversary.

What are you most looking forward to from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo? Leave a comment or share with us on Twitter.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 Restaurant Dining Options – Where to Eat in Denver

Where’s the beef?  Wonder no more.  VisiTech PR warmly welcomes the international cable technology industry to our headquarters’ town of Denver, Colorado.  Denver is a foodie town. There are many fantastic dining options that take you well beyond the basic steak dinner.  To get a true feel for the city, go beyond downtown.  Denver is known for its intimate neighborhoods with great restaurants.  We hope to make your visit next week a little more enjoyable by offering some of our favorite restaurant suggestions.

Any of the areas we recommend below can be reached within a 10-minute taxi ride.  Can’t find a taxi?  Download the Uber app and have a private car service within minutes.

Neighborhood: Downtown – Lodo, Larimer Square, 16th Street Mall

The convention center neighborhood has plenty of world-class dining options.

Cholon Modern Asian Bistro

Ostera Marco

Sushi Sasa

Vesta Dipping Grill

Tag Raw Bar

Tag Restaurant

Trillium

Lower 48 Kitchen

Rioja

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Cheeseman Park, Cherry Creek North

Southeast of downtown, this area has some great fresh, farm-to-table options and cozy neighborhood Italian bistros.

Carmines on Penn

Luca d’Italia

Fruition

Mizuna

Table 6

Potager Restaurant & Wine Bar

True Food Kitchen

Neighborhood: Wash Park

Southeast of downtown, between downtown and the Cable Center, this is a convenient neighborhood for a drink or dinner before or after events at the Cable Center.

Wash Park Grill

Max’s Gill and Grill

Homegrown Tap & Dough

Neighborhood: Uptown, City Park

Just east of downtown.  This area is more hipster and casual.

Watercourse

Pinche Tacos

Il Posto

Neighborhood: The Highlands

Northwest of downtown, this area has several mouthwatering options.

Root Down

Z Cuisine

Linger

Duo

Bon Appétit! We wish you a successful SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014: From QAM to Cloud to Multiscreen

Keeping ahead in today’s increasingly competitive, yet condensing cable market, isn’t easy. To do this, operators must differentiate themselves by launching new services and expanding their offerings.

But, this doesn’t come for free.

Operators must rapidly upgrade their networks, increasing complexity and in turn, hiking up costs and threatening overall video quality.

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, both Edgeware (booth #230) and Net Insight (booth #1007) will discuss new customer success stories and unveil and demo new solutions for the first time in the U.S. to overcome these barriers. This ranges from Edgeware’s ability to consolidate new and legacy network devices for multiscreen and cloud DVR to Net Insight’s generation of new revenue streams by freeing up QAM for new channels and improved picture quality.

Executives from each company will be available to discuss show news and the direction the market will head in the future. If you’d like us to arrange an appointment, make sure to leave a comment below. Otherwise, check back next week to learn more about news from the show.

That’s A Wrap! Fraunhofer Breaks Post-production Barriers with Avid and IMF at IBC

Production pros waste too much time with outdated, complex, one-size-fits-all solutions in their cinema and media workflows. The result is a loss of quality and creativity that affects the overall experience. To overcome these barriers, the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance made two announcements at IBC this year:

  • The Introduction of IMF in easyDPC – The easyDCP Software Suite for postproduction, mastering and playback of digital cinema packages, licensed by the likes of Quantel and Backmagic, now integrates the interoperable master format (IMF) to standardize the exchange of high-quality images, audio and even subtitles between post-production companies via a uniform format.
  • Light-Field Data Plug-in Added to the Avid Media Composer – The first light-field technology for moving pictures now enables Avid users to process multi-camera data in post-production for flexible editing that eliminates the need for reshoots. Changes to shadowing, angle and even complex effects (such as vertigo and matrix) can be realized in post based off just a single shot.

These are just a sample of the future-oriented solutions to enhance each step of the digital cinema and media workflow. Check out the other tools the Alliance has for production/acquisition, post-production, distribution and exhibition here.

Think Beyond 4K: Net Insight Enables 8K Media Transport Too

As high-bandwidth media services evolve to higher definition standards (4K and 8K), broadcasters and media operators face greater challenges in transporting more video content and higher resolution formats in a more efficient way.

To address these challenges, Net Insight at IBC 2014, launched its new Nimbra OT 100 solution. This, in combination with the company’s Nimbra 600 series of media switch routers (MSRs), provides 100G transport capacity over a single fiber or wavelength to support distributed live 4K and 8K UHDTV productions.

The new solution allows broadcasters and media operators to seamlessly improve network capacity without the need for expensive upgrades. The Nimbra OT 100 ensures networks are scalable and able to handle both current and future media transport requirements.

Integrated into Net Insight’s centralized Nimbra management platform, the Nimbra OT 100:

  • Delivers cost-effective, flexible and highly efficient end-to-end media transport
  • Provides the industry’s lowest operating expenditure (OPEX) for transporting UHD content
  • Offers the only fully integrated 100G solution that enables customers to transport uncompressed HD/UHD content with the highest possible quality of service (QoS) and efficiency

Are you at IBC and haven’t seen the Nimbra OT 100 yet? You still have a day to stop by Net Insight’s booth (#1.B40) to learn more!

IBC 2014: Consolidating Video Delivery Networks

Keeping up with subscribers’ expectations for live and on-demand video to any screen is no small feat for service providers. In order to do so, they have been duplicating their infrastructures to deliver content to legacy and new multiscreen devices, in addition to duplicating equipment in the headend.

The result of these duplicated efforts is high infrastructure costs and a sacrifice on quality.

Edgeware’s new Video Consolidation Platform (VCP) overcomes these barriers.

The VCP provides a single, highly consolidated solution for all device types and services. It consists of:

  • The VCP Edge – based on Edgware’s D-VDN solution for best-in-class caching and streaming to any device type
  • The VCP Origin – origin servers that collapse Edgeware’s recording, caching and delivery technology into the headend to overcome strain from increased channels, content and traffic in the CDN

Are you attending IBC 2014? Stop by Edgeware’s booth (#14.B20) t0 catch a glimpse of its VCP and learn more about how it reduces origin complexity, saves initial network investment costs and offers unrivaled scalability.

Super Mobility Week News: Mosaik Solutions Acquires TowerSource, Enters Test & Measurement Market

To keep up with the fast-paced industry, telecom decision makers need the most accurate network intelligence in order to make the best decisions. But, without the right tools, this is easier said than done. Enter Mosaik Solutions who made two big moves at Super Mobility Week:

  • Mosaik announced the acquisition of TowerSource, a vertical asset database containing North American tower site location information. This acquisition significantly enhances Mosaik’s offerings for site planning strategies.
  • Mosaik entered the wireless test & measurement market with its exclusive licensing deal for XenSurvey, a leading cloud network analytics platform. With this deal, Mosaik will offer the XenSurvey app that enables telecom professionals to measure and compare the performance of mobile and wireless networks at any given location, without the need for expensive equipment.

Be sure to click on the links above to learn more or visit Mosaik Solutions at Super Mobility Week, booth 464.

What’s Happening at Super Mobility Week 2014?

Super Mobility Week 2014, North America’s largest event for mobile innovation put on by CTIA, is in just a few days. More than 1,100 exhibitors, as well as more than 1,000 media and analysts from around the world, will call Las Vegas home for this week-long technology event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and solutions within the mobile ecosystem.

While some speculate opening day of Super Mobility Week will be impacted by Apple’s announcement about its new iPhone, CTIA’s VP Rob Mesirow isn’t worried. He says, “When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they’re going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo.”

As for at-show, it looks like we’re in store for some interesting events. Here are some things to check out:

  • 4G World – Focusing on important issues, obstacles, and opportunities to efficiently deploy and operate 4G networks, develop competitive mobile broadband services and generate return on their 4G infrastructure investments.
  • The Money Event – Covering how open platforms, mobile technologies, cloud infrastructure and big data science are changing the way the mobile generation conducts commerce.
  • LA Auto Show – Bringing together the world’s top auto makers in car connectivity.

Are you attending Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? Comment below or let us know in Twitter.

Infographic: 99% of the US Population Gets LTE

Acquisitions, global network and LTE expansion, spectrum auction planning and Wi-Fi growth –  2014 was an eventful one for the telecom industry. Without easy access to the latest data, making strategic business decisions in this environment can be tough.

To help industry players make better decisions (and give us as the end users a glimpse of the state of LTE), Mosaik Solutions recently released its annual Wireless Competitive Landscape infographic. The 2014 version includes new elements, such as cable Wi-Fi deployments, LTE network expansion and 600 MHz auction boundaries.

Here are some of the most interesting facts:

  • 99% of the U.S. population is covered by at least one LTE network
  • Since March 2013, LTE networks in the U.S. covered 7.8 million additional people
  • 23.5% of the U.S. population can choose from at least five network operators – down 59% from last year

You can download the infographic here. For more details about the infographic, read Mosaik’s release, available here.