WISI @ ANGA COM 2017
New Innovations for Next Generation Networks and Multiscreen Applications
Niefern-Öschelbronn, May 29, 2017 – WISI presents a variety of new solutions for the set-up and extension of next generation video networks at ANGA COM 2017 (stand R11 at hall 8). Highlights include the high-density transcoder Inca 4430 for IP network operators, which showcases a new HEVC module HXC1 for 4K Ultra HD applications, and the new Multiscreen Launch Platform for ABR/MBR transcoding, packaging and HLS streaming, powered by WISI’s Katamaran solution. In addition, WISI’s subsidiary 2wcom will demo new professional broadcast solutions.
WISI has continued to extend its optical platform OPTOPUS towards CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1. OPTOPUS is a remarkably flexible high-density platform for all kinds of RF optical networks. The system may be used in any network, such as HFC, RF over Glass and RF Overlay in FTTX applications.
A new member of the OPTOPUS family is the RFoG Upstream Receiver LX 25. With further development of the LX 24, it offers up to 32 optical upstreams and is optimal for simple migration in OBI-Free RFog-Networks. For simple insertion into street cabinets, the receiver is accessible from the front. With the LX25, WISI now offers a complete portfolio for comprehensive DOCSIS 3.1 environments based at 1.2 GHz.
Another novelty is the optical YEDFA amplifier LX 33 for HFC and FFTx networks. The LX 33 is designed in a short construction form, and the first device in WISI’s new street cabinet platform. It can be operated in stand-alone mode or integrated into the OPTOPUS ecosystem. Currently, WISI provides the amplifier in the versions 8x 17 dBM and 8x 21 dBM. The output power can be adjusted. Features include an input power range of -3 to 10 dBm, an optical test port for the output signals, APC and ALC regulation, redundant fans and power supply, and a universal communication interface via SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) for online management scenarios. The LX 33 is also completely front line designed.
FTTH Platform LR 10
WISI has extended its LR 10 FTTH by two new modules: a media converter for Point-to-Point Ethernet applications with an optional RF Overlay Receiver, and a separate 1 GHz RF Overlay Receiver. The LR 10 FTTH platform provides an independent solution for fiber termination and reception of several optical signals, such as RF Overlay reception of CATV and satellite TV signals, return-channel capable HFC applications and Ethernet media converters. The base plate for easy wall mounting offers enough space for up to four fibers, either with pluggable or spliced connectors. The range of extension modules covers pure CATV / SAT-TV reception, including two RF outputs and ALC (Automatic Level Control) via return-channel capable HFC fiber nodes, and media converters for Point-to-Point Ethernet applications. In conjunction with a deliberately designed flat cover, the LR 10 platform is an ultra-compact, living room compatible and unobtrusive system for easy fiber termination with expansion options. The modular extension towards active components could also be a place gradual migration which is an economic advantage when compared to all-in-one solution replacements.
WISI also demonstrates live support for HEVC and 4K UHD video processing and HLS streaming solutions from its Canadian subsidiary Inca Networks. Two new products are debuting at ANGA 2017. The first one is the HXC1 module, which adds HEVC support to the existing Inca 4430 high-density transcoder. The second product is the new Multiscreen Launch Platform, which provides ABR/MBR transcoding, packaging and HLS streaming in a single 1 RU system.
The HXC1 processing module allows operators to transcode, transrate and downscale up to 4 UHD, 16 HD or 40 SD HEVC sources or outputs in one rack unit, with integrated grooming and monitoring of all streams. It was built to help reduce long-term transport costs for video operators and free up space on bandwidth-constrained networks, saving up to 40% in bandwidth while maintaining the equivalent picture quality. Inca customers can now add next generation HEVC support and scale their infrastructure easily and affordably, as the new HXC1 module is designed to fit the 4430 Modular Series chassis and work simultaneously with existing transcode modules.
Inca also launches the Multiscreen Launch Platform powered by Katamaran. The Multiscreen Launch Platform is a high-density one box transcoder, packager, and origin server for high-value Internet video services. This all-in-one carrier-grade product can transcode, segment and package up to 12 HD or 24 SD sources into HLS, and stream to set-top boxes, TVs, smartphones, and tablets. It is an ideal OTT solution for hospitality applications, satellite distribution replacement and headend IPTV multiscreen deployments. This affordable and efficient solution includes automatic packager configuration for simple setup and playlist configuration. As with all Inca products, the Multiscreen Launch Platform includes VidiOS™, Inca’s powerful management and troubleshooting tool, with video thumbnails, stream capture and download, extensive statistical analysis, and stream logging.
WISI’s other subsidiary, 2wcom, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of professional audio broadcast products, will present a few new solutions at ANGA COM.
2wcom has optimised its Eight-channel Gateway / Transcoder FM2TS, a versatile solution for various fields of applications that creates and transcodes single transport streams (SPTS) and multiple transport streams (MPTS). Cable network operators integrate the FM2TS to convert regional FM-radio programs into MPEG-2 transport streams for further processing in their cable headends. Radio broadcasters can stream up to eight FM channels for quality assurance as part of an FM monitoring solution. Additional highlights include an SFP connection for optical fiber application, RDS data forwarding and an antenna switching matrix.
The new eight-channel MPEG Encoder MM08E is a very cost-efficient solution and provides absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT or IP environments. It encodes all common audio algorithms (enhanced apt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM) as well as RDS data, and generates multiple streams independently. Transmission of ancillary data and switching contact information (GPIO) can be forwarded via integrated interfaces, and activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and conveniently via software updates. Two hot swappable slide-in power supplies ensure operation without interruption. The whole package is ideal for quality management, controlling and monitoring.
2wcom has also extended the Professional Satellite Receiver FlexDSR04+. It is perfect for broadcasting local content, various back-up solutions and has comprehensive functionalities for monitoring applications. The long-established IRD SAT Receiver is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and can handle transport streams via satellite (DVB-S/S2), ASI input and IP, while also managing elementary audio streams and Icecast streams via IP. Processing all common coding algorithms, such as Eapt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3 or PCM, this multipurpose device includes a sophisticated concept for audio quality and redundancy options (Pro-MPEG FEC and DualStreaming to avoid IP packet losses). Furthermore, the FlexDSR04+ detects and switches over automatically to the best signal source available.