When I visited the folks at Hartelco, located in Northeastern Nebraska, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Becker informed me that they were in the process of looking for two new office staff who were moving on. This scenario highlights the importance of having a reliable vendor who can service multiple telecommunication needs.
InnoStream™ Replaces Multiple Video Platforms
Bill McGregor, plant and network manager for Hartelco, said switching to InnoCryption™, the Encryption ser-
vice from Innovative Systems, helped alleviate a situation where they needed to support extra servers just for
Encryption. After a server failure, the decision was made to look at a solution that could consolidate video
services on one platform, and that led them to the InnoStream™.
McGregor added that the long-standing relationship with Innovative Systems and their IPTV Middleware made
it very attractive because all the service management could still be done from the same Graphical User
New Server Deployment Was Pain Free
McGregor said installation was quick and did not require on-site
vendor support. Once power was applied and the fiber links were
connected to the core router, the system was up and running,
and InnoStream was just another selection dropdown from the
existing APMAX GUI.
Is There a Business Case for Smaller Providers?
Putting in new hardware for communication companies, espe-
cially smaller ones, is sometimes hard to justify, but according
to McGregor who penciled in the numbers on what they would
save on Encryption with fewer servers and support contracts, it was worth it. Cloud DVR, another feature on
InnoStream, allows them to move away from premise DVRs and provides another avenue of savings with a
single-platform approach to video service.
McGregor totally understands why Innovative Systems is moving many of the service functions off the APMAX
and moving them over to the InnoStream. He says it isn’t even reasonable to expect 10-year old hardware to
keep pace with today’s applications.
He adds that with video technology moving so quickly, new things may be coming down the pipeline that will
ride on InnoStream, and Hartelco would be able to add another software load to the system without pur-
chasing more hardware or without adding another vendor to their network.
Single Platform Concept
Works Well for Small/Medium
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