Conax launches new security platform Conax ContegoT at IBC

Friday, September 10th, 2010
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AMSTERDAM — IBC Expo — Conax, a leading security provider for digital multi-channel pay-content, launched a new content protection platform, Conax Contego™. At a press conference, Conax CEO Berit Svendsen confirmed that the new Conax Contego security platform will be the company’s primary vehicle for expansion in a global market wielding tremendous growth potential. The company will develop future media opportunities based on its innovative new security technology.

The Conax Contego™ content security platform features a completely new design and architecture, yet includes the key functionality proven in previous Conax solutions. The new platform bundles 25 years of content protection experience into one unique solution:

  • Higher security, flexibility & scalability than previously available on the market
  • Best tool for securing content via multiple platforms & channels
  • Dynamic architecture meets any redundancy requirements
  • Highly intuitive, user-friendly management system

“Developed with 25 years of experience and a rock solid security record, Conax Contego is truly the market’s next generation solution for protecting content and enabling new services, confirmed Berit Svendsen, CEO Conax. The Conax Contego platform will bring DTV operators to the next level in empowering and securing their business, further strengthening Conax’ position in the global security market.”

Proven solution: Conax Contego™ has undergone lengthy testing within the advanced customer operation, Digitenne, owned by Dutch telecom, KPN. A highly successful pilot project confirmed Conax’ reliability in developing a high quality, multi-platform security solution for the next generation of content protection needs.

“Conax main goal is to combine the highest level of security on the market together with flexibility and usability, said Geir Bjørndal, EVP Products and Markets, Conax. Conax Contego has removed the ominous black box factor, making it easy to deploy a high level content security through an extremely user-friendly management environment.”

Conax Contego™ highlights

Conax Contego™ is a highly flexible content protection solution designed specifically for the next generation of pay-for-content services, including hybrid distribution networks and multi-device access. Conax Contego™ is fully scalable and supports all business models required by today’s demanding market. Main features include: Advanced anti-piracy mechanisms, smart card and card less security options, extensive language support, DVB, ISDB-T and OpenCable™ compliancy, DRM Control, secure hybrid STBs, CI Plus and CableCARD™ support, multi-client support, multi-room and home networking, and 200+ supported STB vendors.

“KPN’s extensive Digitenne DTT platform provides a variety of services for nearly 1 million customers. With tough daily requirements placed on the Digitenne pay-TV platform, KPN is extremely satisfied with the functionality and scalability provided by the Conax Contego security platform – for a highly reliable additional level of security”, said Mr. Theo Wakkermans, Sr. Manager Development & Projects KPN Broadcast Services. “Ease of use provided by the new Conax Contego user interface and flexible system management functionality has proven to be a key benefit, where integrity of security is maintained through intuitive, role-based access control. In KPN’s experience, Conax Contego has delivered improved performance in terms of reliability and performance and scales exceptionally well.”

Conax Contego™ replaces the Conax CAS5 security platform launched at Digitenne in 2003. Digitenne’s Conax CAS5 platform yielded highly stable security, leading KPN to select Conax Contego for its platform upgrade. Digitenne is also benefitting from the additional user friendliness that the new platform provides.

Tore Gimse, CTO Conax confirmed, “Conax Contego is developed to meet future content distribution demands. A key design feature is one system – any operation functionality, supporting all relevant distribution technologies and a multitude of consumer devices. A single installation of Conax Contego™ supports both broadcast and broadband operations with content delivery to consumer devices, with or without smart cards. A comprehensive monitoring system allows operators to secure potential issues before they become liabilities.”

Conax Contego™ FAQs

  • Next generation content protection system from Conax, succeeding previous systems Conax CAS3, Conax CAS5 and Conax CAS7
  • Conax Contego™ is based on a completely new design and architecture
  • The system supports existing external interfaces in Conax CAS7 as well as a set of new Web Service interfaces. Conax Contego™ is also backward compatible with Conax CAS5 and Conax CAS7 smart cards.
  • Conax Contego™ scales horizontally, meaning capacity and performance can easily be increased by adding additional hardware
  • Advanced scalability and redundancy are built into the Conax Contego™ architecture