ZCorum Demonstrating Remote Spectrum Analysis and PNM Tools at CableLabs Winter Conference

New diagnostics applications leverage advanced DOCSIS features built in to cable modems.

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The technician no longer needs to drive to a location and hook up expensive test equipment. They can pull up the same information on their phone, tablet or PC, wherever they are. They can even compare spectrum from multiple homes at the same time.

Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

ZCorum, a provider of managed broadband services and diagnostics, announced it will be demonstrating its latest diagnostics applications at the CableLabs Winter Conference this week in Atlanta, Georgia. CableLabs is a non-profit R&D consortium run and funded by the cable industry, and is responsible for developing and maintaining the DOCSIS standard. The organization conducts twice-yearly conferences that showcase the newest technology solutions for cable providers. ZCorum will be demonstrating for industry executives the newly developed tools that leverage DOCSIS to gather diagnostics data using the cable modem in the customer’s home.

One of the products ZCorum will be demonstrating is RF Inspector, an app the company is selling for $9.95 per year, which can replace the meter that would normally be used to analyze downstream spectrum. “We’re really excited about RF Inspector and what it can do to increase efficiency and reduce costs for the operator,” said Scott Helms, ZCorum’s Vice President of Technology. “The technician no longer needs to drive to a location and hook up expensive test equipment. They can pull up the same information on their phone, tablet or PC, wherever they happen to be, and they can even compare spectrum from multiple homes at the same time.”

Helms said RF Inspector works in conjunction with the latest chipsets being used in cable modems, including the Intel® Puma™ 5 DOCSIS 3.0 processor combined with the MaxLinear MxL261 eight-channel DOCSIS 3.0 front-end receiver. “There are already tens of millions of MaxLinear-based devices in the field, so the technology is readily available today. RF Inspector receives the full spectrum information from the MaxLinear tuner in the cable modem and we display the signal on the technician’s mobile device or PC just as they would see it on a meter. ” Helms added that RF Inspector roadmaps seamlessly into next-generation 16 and 24 channel modems utilizing Intel® Puma™ 6 and MaxLinear Full-Spectrum Capture™ receivers.

In addition to RF Inspector, ZCorum will be demonstrating two other tools that make use of advanced capabilities in DOCSIS. PreEqualization Analyzer is a Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) tool that allows operators to find and fix upstream impairments before they impact subscribers. Upstream Analyzer is a software-based application for remote upstream spectrum analysis that replaces the head-end equipment operators would normally use to monitor and troubleshoot upstream issues in the HFC plant.

“At ZCorum we are committed to advancing the evolution of broadband network management,” said Julie Compann, Chief Executive Officer at ZCorum. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to show cable operators at the conference how our next-generation of diagnostics tools can significantly reduce their capital and operational costs.”

About ZCorum

ZCorum provides broadband diagnostics and managed services solutions to cable companies, telephone companies, utilities, and municipalities, assisting in all facets of broadband implementation, integration, engineering and consulting, network monitoring, bandwidth management and diagnostics. ZCorum also offers data and VoIP provisioning, email, Web hosting, and 24x7x365 support for end-users, enabling service providers to compete effectively in their local rural and suburban markets. ZCorum is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. For more information, please visit http://www.ZCorum.com.


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