Cable Technology Feature Article
UXP Systems Honored for Unified Communications Innovation at Cable Show 2012
By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
UXP Systems Founder & CEO Gemini Waghmare was recently selected by cable Chief Information Officers (CIOs) as a winner of CIO.IT | Competition 2012, a competition of ideas at The Cable Show 2012, the 61st annual conference of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA (News - Alert)) in Boston.
Winners presented their solutions to cable IT challenges before panels of CIO judges and a packed crowd of Cable Show attendees. Their solutions were judged based five categories: problem-solving; revenue enhancement or expense reduction; productivity; implementation; and innovation. The winners of the competition were chosen from a group of eight finalists whose projects had been selected for the final competition.
UXP Systems won in the entry of The Cloud, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cable.
Based in Toronto, Canada, UXP Systems is a provider of software and services to enable unified services across tablets, smartphones, PCs and connected TVs. Leveraging its Multiscreen Interaction Platform (MINT) and solutions, UXP Systems is enabling seamless, personalized, convergence in the telecom and cable operator space. “The multi-screen interaction platform breaks two paradigms in the operator’s infrastructure. First of all, it enables personalizing for individuals within the household. Secondly, it orchestrates any service, not just video across an individual’s user experience,” Waghmare told TMCnet at the Cable Show. “Our platform provides a generic orchestration engine for any service to expose it to any screen. Any if that isn’t enough for you, we also have the video everywhere.”
In April, UXP systems implemented its MINT Platform in support of the upcoming launch of a "Home-Phone-To-Go" service for Columbus Communications' cable system.
Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband internet, digital landline telephony and corporate data services in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and Curacao all of which operate under the brand name, FLOW. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity & IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting.
Using the MINT Platform, Columbus is now able to unify existing phone systems to deliver calling, voicemail, address book and calling history across tablets, smartphones and personal computers.
“More and more people just want anything on anything, anywhere. That’s what consumers are demanding,” Brendan Paddick, chief executive officer of Columbus, told TMCnet.
The MINT Platform is the cable/telecom industry's first field-proven enterprise platform for enabling the rapid launch of multiple operator services in one enterprise framework. It provides utilities and out-of-the box service models for enabling an array of video, voice, messaging and next-generation services on any screen, in a unified and integrated manner. The platform also enables operators to offer ‘one app to rule them all' for tablets and smartphones and smart televisions, across platforms, drastically cutting time to market, cost and maintenance.
"People are now talking about voice-apps as the missed trend in the tablet and smartphone space in 2011," said Waghmare "We view the multiscreen extension of voice and messaging as having the same importance as video and an even greater opportunity to unify those services via the UXP Systems platform. The Flow deployment will be the first of several such deployments we expect to see in 2012."
Paddick commented, “We aim to be the disrupters as opposed to the disrupted. So, we are pretty confident that this is really a disruptive technology, which is going to differentiate ourselves.”
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin