Centina Systems Teams with Vodafone and Huawei to Demonstrate Assurance of Drone Services

Vodafone champions latest phase of TM Forum Catalyst Project

Plano, TX – November 1, 2016 Centina Systems, leading innovator in strategic assurance and network performance management solutions, announced today they are a key participant in the latest TM Forum catalyst project entitled “Do drones dream of electric sheep?”. The project, championed by Vodafone, explores the future of drone services for commercial application.
Centina will be on hand to discuss its role in the project on November 2-3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at TM Forum’s Innovation InFocus event.

The catalyst–or proof of concept– will focus on the application of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones as a service for the agricultural and telecommunications industries. Drones are used today, sporadically, to take field photographs or identify maintenance issues without sending humans to investigate. This proof of concept fully explores how communications service providers can roll out drones as a service application.

Since almost half of all drone sales this year are for agricultural use to assist farmers with monitoring their fields and livestock, Vodafone seeks to take this a step further to automate drone flights as a platform-based service. In support of these efforts, Centina Systems will develop plug-ins to assure drones, providing the ability to monitor drone health as well as the 5G elements of the services.

“We are excited to be continuing our innovative work with Vodafone on this TM Forum Catalyst and are proud to lend our expertise and dynamic solutions to assure the future delivery of drones as a service,” said Anand Gonuguntla, Co-Founder and CEO of Centina Systems. “Working towards the demonstration of this project planned for TM Forum Live! 2017, the next step in this joint effort will not only emphasize the critical importance of assurance across virtualized networks but also enable us to validate tangible 5G use cases.”

Centina Systems previously teamed with Vodafone on a related catalyst project entitled “Delivering Open Cloud Ecosystems for Digital SME” focused on delivering Open Cloud Ecosystems for Digital SMEs with Zero Touch Orchestration, Operation and Management (ZOOM).

To learn more about Centina Systems’ involvement in the Vodafone Catalyst and their industry-leading service assurance solutions, visit www.centinasystems.com. To arrange a product demo contact info@centinasystems.com.

About Centina Systems

Centina Systems is the global leader in strategic service assurance and innovative network performance solutions. The company focuses on helping operators and enterprises worldwide support both established and emerging services and business models, through unparalleled end-to-end visibility into the operational performance of their infrastructure.

Centina’s NetOmnia™ family of assurance and management solutions have redefined the market approach to assurance, incorporating features like enhanced SLA management, real-time, visual data analytics, customizable reports and dashboards for dynamic network views, and an integrated, plug-and-play architecture that provides actionable intelligence across hundreds of device-types and multiple types of networks. For more information, visit www.centinasystems.com.

Contact:
Gregg Hara
Centina Systems
+1-469-298-0471 ext. 1515
gregg@centinasystems.com

Lindsay Ambrose
SmartMark Communications, LLC for Centina Systems
+1-215-504-4272
LAmbrose@smartmarkusa.com

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