Cheetah Technologies Receives 2011 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award

Cheetah Technologies

Cheetah Technologies recently announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named V-Factor Source Monitor 150 as a recipient of a 2011 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

“Cheetah Technologies was chosen to receive a 2011 Product of the Year Award for creating outstanding advancements in communications,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “V-Factor Source Monitor 150 has proven benefits for its customers and provides ROI for the companies that use it. Congratulations to the entire team at Cheetah Technologies. I look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the coming year.”

The Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award recognizes the vision, leadership, and thoroughness that are characteristics of the prestigious award. The most innovative products and services brought to the market from March 2011 through March 2012 were chosen as winners of the Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

SM-150 Ingest video monitoring solution allows any video content provider to cost effectively monitor 100’s of HD streams using Cheetah’s V-Factor’s unique perceptual quality metrics. “Source Monitor 150 is a game changing video monitoring appliance for the video industry. Never before have video service providers been able to monitor what people ‘see’ with their own eyes in a high density device to ensure their video quality.” Said Jeremy Bennington, SVP‒V-Factor, Cheetah Technologies

“We are honored to receive this award, and it has been a wonderful year of product innovation and Industry recognition for Cheetah Technologies,” added Steve Day, SVP of Marketing and Strategic Planning. “2011 saw us introduce SM-150 ingest video monitoring solution, SP-QAM CATV edge monitoring solution, Network Tracker Plus HFC system analysis & monitoring solution and several other new products. We are gratified to see our hard work on behalf of the Industry recognized.”

The 2011 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award winners are published on the INTERNET TELEPHONY and Customer Interaction Solutions Websites.

About Cheetah Technologies 

Cheetah Technologies LP is a carrier class, systems management solutions developer supplying “quality of service” management systems to broadband network providers and “quality of experience” management systems to video service providers. Cheetah corporate offices are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cheetah sells products and services globally, and enjoys partnerships with many of the major broadband technology corporations throughout the World.

About TMC 

TMC is celebrating its 40Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Next Gen Mobility, and Cloud Computing magazines. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s leading B2B communications event. TMCnet.com, which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: Cloud Communications Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; CVx (ChannelVision Expo); DevCon5; HTML5 Summit; LatinComm Conference & Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobility Tech Conference & Expo; MSPAlliance MSPWorld; StartupCamp; Video World Conference & Expo and more. th anniversary as a global, integrated media company that helps clients build communities in print, in person, and online.TMC publishes the

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ATIS Appoints Cheetah Technologies’ Jeremy Bennington to Board of Directors

Cheetah Technologies, a carrier class, systems management solutions developer for broadband service providers, has announced that its Senior Vice President Jeremy Bennington has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). ATIS is a leading standards development and technical planning organization committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the information, entertainment and communications industries. From efforts to realize the cost benefits of cloud services, to standards underpinning the nation’s emergency communications system, to improvements in data access to support health care delivery, or developing new avenues to interactive sources of entertainment, ATIS’ work makes ICT innovation possible.

Bennington is the principle strategy leader for Cheetah Technologies and serves as a video quality of experience (QoE) evangelist and strategy leader for Cheetah. “Cheetah Technologies is very excited to work within ATIS and other standards bodies to promote the importance of video quality,” said Steve John, President and CEO, Cheetah Technologies. “As a premiere video monitoring solution within CATV, TelcoTV and DBS, we are enthused to share our knowledge to promote advancements in video technology and service delivery.”

“I am honored to take part in the important work ATIS is responsible for within the industry,” said Bennington. “Video has become a critical service for all communications service providers. The need to ensure common architectures, interoperability and quality mechanisms is vital to future growth. At Cheetah, we provide a critical viewpoint into the standards development that will continue to define video services now and in the future, which in turn plays well into the work that ATIS does.”

“We are pleased to welcome Jeremy to the ATIS board, and appreciate Cheetah Technologies’ contributions to the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum, recognized globally as the leading developer of requirements, standards and specifications for IPTV,” said Susan M. Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “As a board member, Jeremy plays a strategic role in guiding ATIS’ work to develop the standards and solutions that are creating the future of the ICT industry.”

About the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 200 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ Committees, covering issues including: Cloud Services, IPTV, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support, Emergency Services, Architectural Platforms and Emerging Networks. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address evolving industry priorities including Smart Grid, Machine-to-Machine, Networked Car, IP Downloadable Security, Policy Management and Network Optimization.

ATIS is a founding partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.

Cheetah Technologies launches Network Tracker Plus at SCTE Expo, announces other news

At the SCTE Expo, Cheetah Technologies will be demonstrating the Network Tracker Plus as a feature product. The Network Tracker Plus is a network performance monitoring device that is an evolution from our Network Tracker product line. Its distinct features allow for the system analysis of analog video, DOCSIS data and QAM digital video channels in an HFC network. “At the same time, we are proud to announce our Cable Labs DOCSIS 3.0 qualification,” stated Stan Southern SVP of Engineering for Cheetah Technologies. “What is equally important about this certification is that we coupled it with rigorous development of a totally industrial design for outside plant environments.”

Network Tracker Plus is an incredible monitoring device as it can be placed at end of line, or in mission critical locations, within an HFC network. In doing so, there are a wide range of quality of service, workforce automation, and telemetry advancements that can be achieved. Cheetah would assert that Network Tracker Plus is simply a tool. In today’s CATV market, where competition and customer loyalty are paramount, the Network Tracker can play a vital role. “A Network Tracker Plus that is correctly integrated into operational quality assurance programs provides an evolutionary step forward in customer retention and loyalty.” stated Tom Pichieri, Director of Engineering. “We engineered this device to be flexible and to stretch the boundaries of system analysis so that operators can have the data to optimize their network performance in real time.” That power is the key to understanding the value of the Network Tracker Plus.

Cheetah Technologies LP announces V‐Factor Source Monitor 2.7

Cheetah Technologies LP has released V-Factor Source Monitor release 2.7 for video monitoring and MOS grading. The 2.7 release advances Cheetah’s ability to provide a saleable, fast and easy to use solution. Enhancements include more than doubling of density, efficient scorecards, faster interface and broader support for MPEG4.

“We believe that the 2.7 release is a comple ment to the vision of our early adopter customers (at several major MSO’s) that helped us pioneer and refine this tool.,” stated Tom Utley, Product Line Manager V-Factor. “Customers are using the V-Factor Source Monitor solution to measure hundreds of video channels at the input of the video service provider network. This really solves the problem of quantifiable video quality measurement.” Prior to encoding and transport, this establishes a baseline video quality measurement that becomes the benchmark for each successive journey from ingest to consumption. Customers are using the VFactor Source Monitor to compliment or replace existing quality assurance process that historically required technicians to watch banks of video monitors for issues. Now those technicians can rest their eyes, the cheetah solution finds the impairments and those technicians can spend their time fixing issues instead of finding them.

Most solutions in the Industry provide either an estimated MOS or QOE (Quality of Experience) score based upon underlying health of the network, packet or transport structures, and a few solutions provide a human vision system to measure the actual perceptual quality of the video. Cheetah’s V-Factor Source Monitor is the critical link in making existing QoS and QoE tools relevant by measuring the quality of the video at the ingest and encode within the national and regional headends prior to network transmission.

“The recent advancements in our core perceptual quality monitoring techniques and ability to make the data relevant to customers is an exciting leap forward,” said Jeremy Bennington, SVP – Strategic Development of Cheetah Technologies LP. “Customers are now able to use our solutions in real operational networks and are using the results to make their video products better for their subscribers, which is critical in today’s changing video industry.”

Cheetah Technologies LP announces V‐Factor Stream Probe QAM 4.12

Cheetah Technologies LP has released V-Factor Stream Probe QAM release 4.12. VFactor Stream Probe QAM is the most versatile video quality and performance monitoring solution for Cable TV hub sites. The 4.12 release includes a cutting edge feature to enable MSOs to remotely monitor hub sites and stream live video back to a central management site for real-time viewing. Cheetah’s solution monitors the video quality automatically and alerts the MSO when there is an issue.

“With the new Instant Viewer feature in release 4.12 MSOs can stream back the video to a central site for additional analysis. This assures that issues are known and understood prior to dispatching technicians.” Stated Steve Day, SVP of Marketing and Strategic Planning.

V-Factor Stream Probe QAM is an enterprise class solution designed to meet the cable operators need for remote monitoring. It does not require the use of an external set-top-box, instead has three on-board tuners and is CableCard ready so operators can monitor any type of channel. The solution monitors the RF, QAM and MPEG layers for impairments. Moreover the VFactor Stream Probe QAM leverages Cheetah’s Intelligent decode technology to provide accurate measurements of blockiness and provide a subscriber Mean Opinion Score (MOS).

“Cable operators now have a reliable and enterprise class solution to monitor the last point in their transmission network before the HFC and the subscribers home. Our solution is the first of its kind bringing CableCard ready, remote video streaming, QAM/RF/Video analysis in a small form factor to the hub site,” said Tom Utley, Product Line Manager – V-Factor. “By using Cheetah’s V-Factor Stream Probe QAM cable operators can more efficiently and effectively dispatch technicians to resolve remote video quality issues.”

Cheetah’s Jeremy Bennington to Present “Video Quality, Performance and QoE”

Video quality and performance have become a key battle ground in the video industry. Multichannel video providers urgently need a way to correlate video quality problems to a set of clearly defined metrics and indication of their cause. At the same time, nobody likes to publicly acknowledge picture quality problems. For that reason, video providers and programmers have an urgent need for automated QoE and perceptual video quality metrics. To truly have a known QoE, the programmers must measure the perceptual quality of the content they are transmitting.

Jeremy Bennington, senior vice president of strategy at Cheetah Technologies, will present “Video Quality, Performance and QoE” at the November 16th Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Live Learning™ Internet Based seminar. For more information and to register, please visit www.scte.org.

Bennington will discuss the video monitoring market including how Quality of Service, Quality of Experience and Perceptual Quality Monitoring can be used by video service providers to pinpoint the cause of video quality issues and ensure the best video quality for subscribers. He will provide participants with real world data and examples of how to resolve video quality, performance and QoE issues. It will explain what metrics are required at each point in the network, as well as how to interpret them and identify the potential causes.

For further information, please feel free to contact Steve Day, SVP – Marketing and Strategic Planning, Cheetah Technologies LP at 724-544-1490, sday@cheetahtech.com , SCTE booth #1718