Arris, WES, Concurrent to demo APSIS power management tech at SCTE

The SCTE said that cable-industry vendors will use its upcoming trade show to demonstrate new software for managing network power consumption, a component of its Energy 2020 initiative.

October's SCTE 2015 Expo in New Orleans will feature demonstrations of the Adaptive Power Systems Interface Specification (APSIS) by Arris Group, as well as Worldwide Environmental Systems (WES) and Concurrent Computer Corp. The demos show how operators can use virtualization software to more efficiently manage power on cable networks.

"APSIS is a core element in our Energy 2020 plan to achieve double-digit percentage reductions in energy cost and consumption by the end of the decade," said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. "The work being done by vendors such as ARRIS, WES and Concurrent is paving the way for a next-generation cable network that far eclipses current benchmarks for efficiency and reliability."

At its booth, Arris will demonstrate how its E6000 converged edge router can use standards-based APSIS management data and technology to measure traffic load and adapt power consumption. The demo will attempt to show how Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) power consumption levels can be reduced during off-peak hours, generating up to a 15 percent energy savings. 

WES and Concurrent, meanwhile, will demonstrate the use of the Concurrent Thinking command and control Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software in the cable network environment. The companies will seek to show the software's ability to communicate with and control IT hardware, and use APSIS communication protocols to monitor conditions and implement control. 

The SCTE is one year into a five-year plan to spearhead a 20 percent reduction in cable-industry network power consumption. It's signature trade show kicks off on Oct. 13 in New Orleans. 

For more:
- read this SCTE press release

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