Applied Broadband's Pipeline Collects IP Data

Cable engineering services and software firm Applied Broadband is pitching software to cable operators for collecting IP Detail Record (IPDR) data, which is used as part of DOCSIS 3.0 and other industry specifications.

The company's Pipeline Universal Broadband IPDR Engine aggregates IPDR record streams from cable modems, enhanced multimedia terminal adapters and set-top boxes and then routes a single IPDR data stream to multiple operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS) applications.

IPDR provides information about Internet-Protocol-based service usage and performance. CableLabs uses IPDR in the DOCSIS 3.0 and OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) specs.

"IPDR has emerged as the de facto way to measure and analyze service usage in an application-agnostic manner to avoid the issues surrounding deep packet inspection," said Jason Schnitzer, founder and principal of Applied Broadband, in a statement.

According to Applied Broadband, the Pipeline software is generally available and has already been selected as the IPDR collection layer for a major U.S. cable operator, which it declined to identify.

The company is offering Pipeline as part of its Broadband ToolKit, a library of software products, emulators and components that it originally developed for use with its professional-engineering services.

Applied Broadband, founded in 2004, is based in Boulder, Colo.