Applied Broadband Revs Up IPDR 'Engine'

Vendor's 'Pipeline' platform enables MSOs to collect, process, and distribute massive amounts of IPDR data

March 23, 2009

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Applied Broadband, experts in the analysis, research and development of new broadband network architectures and service delivery software, today announced its Pipeline™ Universal Broadband IP Detail Record (IPDR) Engine.

The software addresses cable operators’ need to collect, process, normalize and distribute massive amounts of IPDR data for visibility into their networks, devices, services and subscribers’ overall experience. Pipeline is generally available and has already been selected as the IPDR collection layer for a major U.S. cable operator and a global communications technology vendor.

With support for the IPDR streaming protocol a mandatory requirement for DOCSIS® 3.0 equipment and proposed for tru2way, ETV, Canoe and other initiatives, the collection and analysis of IPDR data is the critical foundation for a variety of cable operator business needs, ranging from metered billing, commercial services and targeted advertising to so-called ‘fair use’ bandwidth management.

The challenge is that today’s networks already support millions of cable modem devices with multiple services per device, requiring an operator to collect and manage billions of IPDR records per day and feed them into multiple OSS/BSS applications across their organization.

Developed in consultation with major cable operators and technology vendors, Pipeline provides a modular IPDR collection layer specifically designed for the scale and reliability needs of today’s broadband cable networks. Unlike existing IPDR collectors that provide limited functionality and are tied to a single OSS/BSS application, Pipeline takes a service oriented architecture approach to collect and route IPDR record streams from millions of cable modems, enhanced multimedia terminal adapters and set-top boxes and routes a single IPDR data stream to multiple OSS/BSS applications, such as billing, customer service and product management.

Designed to use a very small hardware footprint to minimize deployment costs and a fully-redundant architecture for maximum reliability and continuity of network and service IPDR intelligence, Pipeline expedites the collection, processing and distribution of IPDR data using the following components:

  • Pumps – standards-based exporters that collect and normalize IPDR records from Cisco, Motorola, BigBand, Casa and other CMTS or broadband network elements to ensure consistent data.

  • Refinery – aggregates and compresses IPDR data from various Pumps and forwards it to various business systems through a collection of open APIs.

    Applied Broadband offers Pipeline as part of its Broadband ToolKit, a library of software products, emulators and components that it developed and licenses on their own and in conjunction with the company’s professional engineering services.

    Applied Broadband Inc.

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