Project: Unified Networked Management System for Telecom, Infrastructure, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Equipment.

Over the last twenty years, the NMS (Network Management Systems) market has grown from virtually zero to nearly $4B in 2009. Used primarily by Telecoms, these systems monitor the overall infrastructure performance and manage individual devices such as radios, base stations and switches. A combination of hardware controllers deployed in the field and software deployed in the backend allow the Telecom to manage system Fault, Configuration, Administration, Performance and Security (FCAPS)._x000D__x000D_While most NMS systems support only equipment from a single manufacturer, a few companies have developed cross platform NMS solutions that support equipment from multiple vendors. WebSilicon, a company from Tel Aviv, Israel is one of the pioneers in the field of NMS and since the late 1990's have been selling their cross platform NMS to over 100 leading equipment manufacturers worldwide. _x000D__x000D_Customer Provisioned Equipment (CPE) such as set-top boxes, IP telephony, home routers etc have been managed by low end solutions called ACS (Auto Configuration Server). ACS systems are designed mass device support and limited basic services such as remote programming of devices and basic troubleshooting. In the last few years, many CPEs have started to support a unified communication protocol call TR-069. TR-069 allows interoperability and control of multiple types of devices from different vendors using a single ACS solution. AVSystem, a communications and algorithm company from Krakow, Poland has been among the technological leaders in ACS solutions and an original contributor and developer of the TR-069 protocol. _x000D__x000D_Now, the two companies have decided to cooperate and create a Universal Management System (UMS) that will allow unified management of infrastructure, CPEs and even non-networked equipment. UMS will combine the extensive FCAPS capabilities of a full NMS with the ability to fully control hundreds of thousands of devices currently available only in ACS. UMS' capabilities will be extended to non networked devices such as generators, cooling/heating equipment, utilities, irrigation etc by attaching them to low cost programmable network controllers._x000D__x000D_There are two technological barriers to creating a UMS solution. First, NMS technology is resource intensive and currently impossible to scale to mass device support. The second problem is the TR-069 which is ideal for supporting CPEs does not currently support the functionality needed for full NMS services (FPCAPS)._x000D__x000D_The key to overcoming the resource limitation is WebSilicon's patentable Intelligent Polling Technology™ (IPT™). A standard NMS solution queries each managed device hundreds of time every few minutes to determine an updated status of all its parameters. This polling creates an ever growing demand for bandwidth and compute resources that increases network cost and limits the number of devices that can be supported. _x000D__x000D_IPT™ intelligently "learns" the networked devices and limits the queries to ones that are most relevant given each device's current operation or malfunction diagnosis. IPT™ typically reduces the number of queries by 80% or more. Due to the exponential relation between number of queries and resource drain, IPT™ will allow UMS to provide full NMS capabilities to 100,000 devices or more using the same resources a typical NMS would use for a 10,000 device installation._x000D__x000D_The second key to the solution is creating a cross-platform protocol to manage Telecom Infrastructure, CPEs and non-networked devices. While TR-069 offers many advantages for device management, no company has implemented its FCAPS functionality. AVSystem who have helped pioneer TR-069 will provide the solution by expanding the TR-069 protocol support and offer full FPCAPS functionality while COtaining compatibility with standard TR-069 devices. This new technology will be commercially named TR-069+ and will allow UMS to manage all device types with full NMS functionality._x000D__x000D_The UMS development program will last 27 months and will cost approx €2.1M. The companies have signed a cooperation agreement which covers the development of the system, commercialization and intellectual property. _x000D__x000D_WebSilicon's and AVSystem's have presented the UMS concept to several leading equipment manufacturers in Europe and US (detailed in the confidential part of this proposal). These companies have already expressed a very high interest in serving as Beta sites and even submitting conditional purchase orders for the finished product._x000D__x000D_A typical UMS system will cost 50,000€ - 150,000€ depending on the number of the devices in the network. Embedded controllers for non-networked devices will cost 30€ - 50€ each. The solution will be marketed by both companies worldwide each focusing on its solution niche. Revenue will be shared between the companies. System sales are expected to exceed 44M€ over the first five years of deployment._x000D_

Acronym UMS (Reference Number: 5505)
Duration 01/06/2010 - 31/12/2013
Project Topic The goal the program is to create a universal device management system capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of devices from a single location. This unified interface can manage any network connected device, delivering, easy setup, monitoring, fault detection and correction.
Network Eurostars
Call Eurostars Cut-Off 4

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
2 AVSystem sp.j. Partner Poland
2 CyberSeal Ltd. Coordinator Israel