The Volpe Firm, Inc.


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The Volpe Firm Inc clients are always telling us that one of our best skills is not only our technical knowledge but the ability to understand their needs and successfully communicate with them. We specialize in product design, MATLAB modeling, simulation, technical hands on seminars, troubleshooting, system audits and much more. You will benefit from our knowledge.

With 40 years of combined telecommunications experience specializing in all things broadband such as DOCSIS, VoIP, PNM, Video, EPON, IPTV, RF Design, Digital Design, Design for Human Factors, Seminars, IP Security, Capacity Planning and Fiber Optic Transport. You succeed and benefit from our knowledge and ability to communicate successfully.

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The Volpe Firm, Inc.

  1. 1. The Volpe Firm Overview 1 © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  2. 2. 2 Who We Are  Founder & Lead Technical Consultant: Brady Volpe  Over 20 years communications industry experience  Masters in Science Electrical Engineering Johns Hopkins University with Honors. BSEE from Pennsylvania State University  Marketing, Business Development & Program Mgmt: Mia Colabrese  15 years industry communications experience  Degrees in INPS, German and Business Pennsylvania State University  Highly skilled contractors supporting contracts as required     DOCSIS subject matter expert (CISSP), 17 yrs experience Software Engineer Linux, MySQL expert – +20 yrs experience Sr. RF Designer – 30 yrs experience Others as needed © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  3. 3. 3 Our Capabilities We provide a wide range solutions, services and seminars for our clients. We specialize in: DOCSIS IPTV Troubleshooting PNM RF Fiber Optic Transport VoIP IP Security Signal Processing Video Capacity Planning Seminars System Design System Audits MatLab Design © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  4. 4. 4 DOCSIS Network in MATLAB © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  5. 5. 5 MATLAB DOCSIS Bonded Simulation  The MATLAB® Simulink simulation represents a DOCSIS cable modem transmitting with four bonded upstreams at 16‐QAM, 2560 kSym/sec (3.2 MHz).  The cable modem has been modeled against the DOCSIS 3.0 specification, including:  • Reed Solomon Encoder
• Byte Interleaver
• Scrambler
• Preamble Prepend (QPSK 0/1)
• Grey Symbol Mapper
• Root‐Raised Cosine Filter  The Volpe Firm is not only an expert on MATLAB modeling, but is also an expert within the telecommunications industry. This means we understand the problems you and your customers are faced with and can then simulate them in a numerical modeling environment. Intelligent design! © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  6. 6. 6 PNM Technology Experts  DOCSIS Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) developed by InGeNeOs™ under Cablelabs® -The Volpe Firm is a contributing member  The summary being a drastic reduction in maintenance costs and significantly improved operational efficiencies  Identifying impairments in their cable plant FAST  Pinpoint the location on a map  Lowered maintenance costs for the cable operator and better cable video and high-speed data service for subscribers © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  7. 7. 7 DOCSIS Security and Capacity Planning  Today our DOCSIS networks are inherently insecure and many are unaware of this.     The Volpe Firm are experts in understanding and improving DOCSIS security We can work with your existing staff to make recommendations Assess your current security strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) Develop a full top down security approach and infrastructure and implement  Or a combination of all of the above  The Volpe Firm also has a long history in DOCSIS Protocol and Capacity Assessment dating back to the first release of CableLab’s “Network Dimensioning Software” tool.    We can help your existing staff optimize their capacity planning models using Matlab algorithms Further the Volpe Firm can develop customized capacity planning tools for your systems Our capacity planning tools range from simple Excel sheets to web-based modeling platforms © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  8. 8. 8 Remote System Audit  Access to superior broadband troubleshooting isn’t as hard to come by as you might think. Several of our clients within the US and internationally have us audit their systems remotely.  Broadband, Internet, Data Audits, CMTS & Cable Modem Configuration files & Optimization Services
How does it work? You send us the files and we analyze them. Upon completion of our analyses we will send you recommendations and advise you of your next steps to address your DOCSIS plants issues. It’s that easy. Get fast results that save you money and increase customer satisfaction.  We are experts in CMTS and cable modem configuration files. We will provide you with CMTS commands that will enable you to create log files and will give us significant insight into the health of your overall physical DOCSIS plant. With this information we help our clients by providing them with strategic and tactical recommendations on how to improve the health of their plant. We are competitively priced and have the technical knowledge of the big players. © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  9. 9. 9 On Site System Audit  On a Site System Audit The Volpe Firm Inc. will evaluate and test the RF alignment of a headend. These tests should identify any RF impairments or RF alignment issues within headend, CMTS, EQAMs, modulators, headend amplifiers, splitting and combining network, cables and connectors. Spot checks of the plant should also be performed to ensure the plant is correctly aligned with elements in the headend on both the forward and return.  Parameters such as RF levels, MER, CNR, constellation diagrams, Pre and post Block Errors, group delay, in channel frequency respond, response across all downstream and upstream DOCSIS carriers, upstream band-edge roll off, ingress, noise, impulse noise, CPD, non-linear distortions and laser clipping should be investigated and identified. The plant should be qualified for DOCSIS and industry specifications where possible and practical. © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  10. 10. High Level Architecture Design 10  DOCSIS and CMTS Architectural Configuration  CMTS configuration parameters that impact revenue services are often difficult to understand – we add clarity  VoIP Configuration  Make sure you are providing the best VoIP services to your subscribers and the maximum Erlang capacity  Physical and Data Layer Troubleshooting  Often the most time consuming and painful to your subscribers, we understand troubleshooting like no one else  DOCSIS BPI+ and IP Security  Today our DOCSIS networks are inherently insecure and many are unaware of this. They are open to theft of service, illegal intercept of the data transmitted, illegal wiretapping of phone calls, etc. Even with Baseline Privacy Interface Specification (BPI+) DOCSIS is quite hackable as evidenced on a number of well-known hacking sites.  Capacity Planning  The goal of capacity planning is to identify the amount of resources required to meet service demands now and in the future. It is a proactive discipline with farreaching impact © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  11. 11. 11 Integration & Troubleshooting  We know DOCSIS and HFC networks  We are experts at designing state-of-the-art headends in addition to configuring the CMTSs, eQAMs and routers in the headends/hubs  Further, we are experts at troubleshooting even the most complex problems you will face in any HFC or DOCSIS network © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  12. 12. 12 MatLab & MatLab Symulink  Digital communications design and early prototyping  De-risk high risk product development  Theoretical modeling of high level Algorithms  Modeling of Capacity Planning  General optimization and prototyping of Engineering Designs © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  13. 13. 13 Seminars  Our HFC and DOCSIS seminars are unparalleled          Module Module Module Module Module Module Module Module Module 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 – Signals, Systems, RF and Modulation – Cable TV & DOCSIS 101 – DOCSIS 3.0 Downstream – DOCSIS 3.0 Upstream – DOCSIS Related Internet Protocol, QOS & VoIP – Provisioning & IPv6 – Troubleshooting DOCSIS – DOCSIS Security & BPI+ – Packet Cable & Call Signaling+  We offer one, two and three day seminars, customizable for each client © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  14. 14. 14 Development  Develop high level hardware and software architecture designs with state-of-the-art technology  Simulation of product design practices to increase timeto-market and reduce development costs  Improve your Product Development Process using proven Stage Gate and Agile Software methodologies  Let us do your Patent Research, write patents and guide you through the patent process  Need and Expert Witness? We have the industry credibility to provide these services to you © The Volpe Firm Confidential
  15. 15. 15 SIP  We offer consulting to small and medium size businesses on what SIP calling solutions are best for you. By doing this you will reduce cost and overhead.  We will help select the best SIP trucking providers to ensure your “VoIP” , VoIP service and quality.  Depending on your needs we can either provide a recommend product outlining what your company should purchase or we can build it from the ground up.  Service and maintenance of new and old installations © The Volpe Firm Confidential