New state-of-the-art R & D facility at Hyderabad

Hyderabad, September 30: Latens, the leading provider of software security solutions for Pay-TV across all networks, announced the opening of a new R&D facility – Global Development Centre, in Hyderabad.

The Centre would reflect company’s continued growth in the Asian region and expand its global presence and product development capabilities.

A pathbreaking innovation from the Latens team for the Broadcasting Industry is the creation of technological marvel, DVB-Software Conditional Access in the world, said Mr Rahul Nehra, Asia Director, Latens Systems yesterday.

He said Latens is one of the few companies offering unified CAS, it offers software CAS for Cable, Satellite, IPTV, Internet TV, DTH etc on one platform, unlike the traditional systems which need to have separate systems for each one of them.

”We see a great potential for us here,” he said adding that Latens had already signed agreements with three leading players in South Asia including the two DTH platforms- Dish Media Networks and Home TV Nepal apart from Digicable-now-Reliance Digcom in the last six-nine months.

”Two more national level MSO and DTH players are in talks to migrate from their existing card based system to software based system. We should be announcing the same shortly. We operate on two revenue models outright purchase and rental model. One more area where we see lot of promise is ‘Over the top TV’ and Latens is one of the few companies globally to offer software for this,” said Mr Nehra.

Some of the customers of Latens in India include Reliance Digicom, Dish Media Networks, Home TV -DTH. Latens is perhaps one of the very few multinational companies that runs its Asian operations from Delhi.

Latens has identified Hyderabad as their global Hub for development of its range of broadcasting products. This Hub will cater to Global product development for Latens and will be the largest development facility for Latens worldwide.

The Global Development Center, Hyderabad, a multi-million dollar investment for Latens, will have in excess of a hundred core technologists. The technologies will revolve around next generation software conditional access, middleware, set-top boxes integrations to name a few, Mr Nehra said ”Since opening the R&D Centre in Hyderabad in early 2009 Latens has continued to expand the offices and workforce, building on our existing successful team,” added Mark Crum, Latens Head of India Operations. He added that the R&D Centre had been instrumental in designing and developing unique CAS and Middleware software-only solutions for leading global Pay TV operators.