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Rivulet Hires a Kennedy

Rivulet Communications Inc. today announced that Ed Kennedy, the former founder and CEO of Ocular Networks, has joined the company as its new CEO.

"The company has compelling technology that synchronizes IP networks allowing for error free, low lacency transmission of both realtime and non-realtime traffic," he wrote in an email to Light Reading.

"The first application was aimed at the hi-res video market," Kennedy notes.

In that application, doctors were using Rivulet devices to help move huge, operation videos around hospital networks without requiring bandwidth upgrades.

"Next we are addressing several government and military applications in real-time video transport for surveillance, satellite transmissions, etc. We also are in discussions with several companies about possible IPTV deployments."

Yes, what's good for hospitals and the Defense Department may indeed be good for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and companies of that ilk. "We are applying this technology to address video apps in many different areas," Kennedy writes.

Kennedy, who was once president of Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) North America, following that company's purchase of Ocular Networks, was working as a venture partner at Columbia Capital prior to joining Rivulet. (See No Naperville for Kennedy and Kennedy Takes Charge at Tellabs.)

Other former Ocular and Tellabs folks at Rivulet include: Steve Furr, chief financial officer; Greg Nulty, senior VP of business development; Chris Roller, senior VP of engineering; and Jeff Schmitz, senior VP of sales and marketing.

Rivulet's founder, Steven Rogers, is now the company's CTO.

The company is headquartered in Herndon, Va. Its former headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., is used as its R&D facility.

— Phil Harvey, Editor in Chief, Light Reading

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