Profile: Ken Regnier

Nov 5, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Title: Vice president of sales and marketing for Innovacom Networks. The company develops, manufactures and delivers high-quality digital video communications solutions.
Background: Prior to joining Innovacom in April 1999, Mr. Regnier was employed by IPITEK, where he was responsible for marketing and development of digital fiber-optic products.
About the company: “In a nutshell, we put video over data networks. To do that we have to have a video compression technology, so we consider ourselves experts in MPEG video. Another point that differentiates us is our business focuses on high-quality video transmission. We focus our business more on business-to-business applications, enterprise networks, broadcasters, telecom. To this point we’ve stayed away from Internet kinds of applications and focused more on the business community.”
Recent announcements: “We have developed and are releasing our own MPEG encoder board. It really is targeted toward the high-end markets; it’s a very high-performance MPEG-2 encoder. And it adds another piece to our arsenal.”
Potential challenges: “If the telecom providers are in a lockdown mode or reduced-spending mode, there may not be as much network connectivity or as much bandwidth available. In a slow economy, it’s conceivable that some of these providers could lock down. But we’re finding a lot of service providers, telecom providers, and these new application service providers have had excess capacity probably all along and are just beginning to find there are alternate revenue streams for them. So I don’t think we’re going to be subject to the ups and downs of the economy.”
What to watch: “Certainly we’ve all got our eyes open for more broadband pipes, and I think we all watch this broadband Internet stuff pretty closely. We have to be very aware of the progress of last-mile connections like DSL. I think that could drive our business somewhat. Video-on-demand is always a thing, whether it be for entertainment or nonentertainment purposes. The trend toward higher-quality video in lower bandwidths is something we have to be aware of. I can envision compressed video working its way into wireless environments. That maybe isn’t so much for entertainment but more for police, government-industries that need video portability.”