17 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue efforts of first responders and emergency workers in Thailand were supported by having access to reliable connectivity and internet access that enabled them to communicate with each other and to get critical information about the boys who were being rescued.” In the recent incident in Thailand, wireless connectivity played a critical role in delivering reliable internet service that connected teams at the remote cave entrance, located more than 100km from Bangkok. At the on-site rescue command post, local telecom solutions provider KING IT worked with regional telco 3BB to create a hotspot at the cave entrance with Wi-Fi connectivity provided by Cambium Networks cnPilot™ e500 outdoor access points. Specific details of the implementation include: n The KING IT team established the Wi-Fi network, and it was managed remotely by another KING IT team in Bangkok using the cnMaestro™ network management system. n Two Cambium Networks cnPilot e500 enterprise outdoor network access points were used; one was placed facing the entrance of the cave, while the other access point was placed at the “information tent”. n Users of the network included Thai Navy Seals, rescue teams and various government agencies, totalling approximately 50 users at the entrance of the cave. n At the information tent, approximately 200 users included the immediate family members of the lost boys, as well as media and administrative personnel. “Our company is all about connecting people, even in the most extreme circumstances and locations. And reliable wireless connectivity – including deployment in hours, not days or weeks – is part of bringing people together to respond and ultimately make challenging situations better,” said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Cambium Networks. “We are thrilled that the soccer team in Thailand is safe and commend the rescuers for their efforts. We are honoured to have played a part in the technical solution that assisted the rescue teams by facilitating wireless communications.” For further details, see www.cambiumnetworks.com industry news Harmonic, an SCTE corporate member and a specialist in video delivery solutions and cable access virtualisation, has been awarded Patent Number 10,020,962 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention of the "Virtual Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) Core”. The patent describes virtualisation of the traditionally hardware-based CCAP technology that is the heart of modern cable broadband networks. “Through our CableOS™ solution, this virtualisation breakthrough enables higher internet speeds for consumers, and significantly more deployment flexibility, while lowering capital and operating costs for cable operators,” Harmonic told Broadband Journal. “Over recent years, Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) has made a major impact on the telecommunications industry. Our patented CableOS technology brings NFV to the cable access space, providing operators with the market's first software- based CCAP and end-to-end remote PHY system that seamlessly supports centralised and distributed architectures.” It is now beginning to be rolled out in volume by several cable operators. Harmonic awarded key patent for CableOS™ Virtualised Cable Access technology For more information, see www.harmonicinc.com