Canadian software house Bridgewater, an affiliate of Newbridge Networks, has announced its Widespan system management platform for Internet service providers.
The company has developed an 'intelligent network' to provide closer control of the systems used by carriers of large amounts of IP traffic.
Service providers will be able to add a number of value added services using the product, as well as measuring and accurately charging for use of those services.
Widespan is composed of Internet servers, control software and systems management, and sits between the application layer and the transport layer of ISP systems. This enables the Service Controller that sits at the heart of Widespan to manage user accounts and which services they use.
"Bridgewater addresses the problems being faced by providers of Internet services today, including the rising costs of usage without corresponding increases in revenue," said Doug Somers, chief executive of Bridgewater.
The marketing manager for one large ISP said that, with the rapid growth of ISPs' infrastructures, products such as Bridgewater's would be welcomed as a means to better manage resources.
"We know that corporate clients will use - and pay to use - the Internet for more services if they are customised, made chargeable by usage, with guaranteed service quality and security," added Somers.
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