Female officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during traffic stop meant to use Taser, police chief says

first_imgiStock/CatEyePerspective(BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.) — A police officer who shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun, police said.In a press conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon says he believes the female officer intended to deploy her Taser when she “accidentally” shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright.The incident unfolded around 2 p.m. local time, when officers initiated a stop for an expired registration tag on a vehicle in the city in Minnesota’s Hennepin County, about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis. During the traffic stop, the officers determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant, according to Gannon.“At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle,” Gannon said in a statement Sunday. “One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver.”At the press conference on Monday, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released body camera footage of the incident. Gannon said the officer can be heard warning Wright and her fellow officers that she will be deploying her Taser.“However, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” Gannon said. “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”The officer can be heard yelling, “Holy s—, I just shot him,” in the body camera footage.The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.The officer, who has not been identified, is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Gannon said, identifying her as a “very senior officer.”The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. The passengers in the other car were not injured, according to Gannon.Officers and medical personnel “attempted life saving measures” on Wright, Gannon said, but he died at the scene.A female passenger who was also in the vehicle with Wright sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, according to Gannon. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, a few miles south of Brooklyn Center.Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said she was on the phone with him before he was killed.“I heard scuffling and I heard the police officers say, ‘Daunte, don’t run.’ And then the other officer said, ‘Put the phone down,’ and hung it up,” Katie Wright told reporters on Sunday. “And a minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered — that was the passenger — and said that he’d been shot, and she put [the phone] on the driver’s side and my son was laying there lifeless.”In a statement to ABC News, Wright’s family described him as a young father who “had a whole life ahead of him.”“We just want people to know Daunte was a good kid,” Wright’s family said in a statement. “He loved being a father to Daunte Jr.”“Daunte had a smile to make anyone’s heart melt. He was definitely a jokester, he loved to joke with people, especially his brothers and sisters,” the family added. “He did not deserve this.”Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump — who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more — will represent Wright’s family.At a press conference about his death, law enforcement officials would not say how or if the officer who shot Wright would be punished, but said all Brooklyn Center employees are “entitled to due process.” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott expressed his support for the removal of the police officer that killed Wright.“We will get to the bottom of this,” Elliott said. “We will do all that is within our power to make sure that justice is done for Daunte Wright.”Earlier that day, Elliott tweeted that he was taking a phone call with President Joe Biden about the administration’s support following the incident.Biden spoke about the shooting on Monday afternoon, calling for an investigation into the “really tragic” incident.“The question is: was it an accident? Was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation,” Biden said.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also held a press conference to acknowledge the grieving that is taking place in the state as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota officer charged in the death of George Floyd, continues. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May 2020 prompted nationwide protests.“We can either come together and fix this, or we can suffer together as fools, and we can continue to make this happen,” Walz said. “Our time was made clear last May, in Minnesota, our time to get one shot at fixing that was there. And in the midst of this trial that the world’s watching the situation repeated itself yesterday.”Moments after the deadly shooting, dozens of protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs gathered at the scene.John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said there were around 100 people at the scene who were “highly agitated” when investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded. The crowd was asked to disperse and did so shortly thereafter, as more agencies arrived on scene to coordinate a response to the protesters.Later, crowds of 100 to 200 people marched toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, according to Harrington.“We saw rocks and other objects thrown at the police department. There were reports of shots fired in the area of the police department,” Harrington said at a press conference late Sunday night. “Within hours of that, a secondary group we heard was at the Shingle Creek mall or business center and we have reports of approximately 20 businesses that were broken into during that period.”Authorities declared the demonstration outside the police department an unlawful assembly and gave the crowds a 10-minute warning to clear out. Aerial footage obtained by ABC News shows police forming a perimeter around the building.About 25 minutes later, officers started firing rubber bullets and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining in the area. No injuries have been reported, and it is unclear if any arrests have been made.Harrington said the crowd at the police department had largely dispersed as of late Sunday night, though there were still “some pockets of individuals.”Minnesota is mobilizing its National Guard to Brooklyn Center at the request of local authorities, according to Harrington.The National Guard is already deployed in nearby Minneapolis for the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on May 25 after Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck as other officers stood by.“At this time, we have essentially a full activation,” Harrington said. ‘You will see a robust assortment of National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days as we once again prepare for the trial and also are prepared for any other and any further civil unrest that may come from the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting today.”Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol told reporters that the public can expect to see “a greater law enforcement presence, a greater National Guard presence” in and around Minneapolis on Monday.Shortly after midnight, the Brooklyn Center mayor issued a citywide curfew that remained in place until 6 a.m. local time on Monday. Elliott called for calm in the community and for authorities not to use force on peaceful protesters. Walz said a regional curfew will continue on Monday night, starting at 7 p.m.“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old young man,” Elliott said in a statement. “We continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”Metro Transit, the main public transportation operator in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, announced Sunday that it was shutting down public transit in Brooklyn Center at the request of law enforcement.ABC News’ Alexandra. Faul, Will Gretsky and Will McDuffie contributed to this report.Biden spoke about the shooting on Monday afternoon, calling for an investigation into the “really tragic” incident.“The question is: was it an accident? Was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation,” Biden said.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also held a press conference to acknowledge the grieving that is taking place in the state as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota officer charged in the death of George Floyd, continues. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May 2020 prompted nationwide protests.“We can either come together and fix this, or we can suffer together as fools, and we can continue to make this happen,” Walz said. “Our time was made clear last May, in Minnesota, our time to get one shot at fixing that was there. And in the midst of this trial that the world’s watching the situation repeated itself yesterday.”Moments after the deadly shooting, dozens of protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs gathered at the scene.John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said there were around 100 people at the scene who were “highly agitated” when investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded. The crowd was asked to disperse and did so shortly thereafter, as more agencies arrived on scene to coordinate a response to the protesters.Later, crowds of 100 to 200 people marched toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, according to Harrington.“We saw rocks and other objects thrown at the police department. There were reports of shots fired in the area of the police department,” Harrington said at a press conference late Sunday night. “Within hours of that, a secondary group we heard was at the Shingle Creek mall or business center and we have reports of approximately 20 businesses that were broken into during that period.”Authorities declared the demonstration outside the police department an unlawful assembly and gave the crowds a 10-minute warning to clear out. Aerial footage obtained by ABC News shows police forming a perimeter around the building.About 25 minutes later, officers started firing rubber bullets and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining in the area. No injuries have been reported, and it is unclear if any arrests have been made.Harrington said the crowd at the police department had largely dispersed as of late Sunday night, though there were still “some pockets of individuals.”Minnesota is mobilizing its National Guard to Brooklyn Center at the request of local authorities, according to Harrington.The National Guard is already deployed in nearby Minneapolis for the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on May 25 after Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck as other officers stood by.“At this time, we have essentially a full activation,” Harrington said. ‘You will see a robust assortment of National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days as we once again prepare for the trial and also are prepared for any other and any further civil unrest that may come from the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting today.”Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol told reporters that the public can expect to see “a greater law enforcement presence, a greater National Guard presence” in and around Minneapolis on Monday.Shortly after midnight, the Brooklyn Center mayor issued a citywide curfew that remained in place until 6 a.m. local time on Monday. Elliott called for calm in the community and for authorities not to use force on peaceful protesters. Walz said a regional curfew will continue on Monday night, starting at 7 p.m.“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old young man,” Elliott said in a statement. “We continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”Metro Transit, the main public transportation operator in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, announced Sunday that it was shutting down public transit in Brooklyn Center at the request of law enforcement.ABC News’ Alexandra. Faul, Will Gretsky and Will McDuffie contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CFPB finalizes remittance rule raising threshold to 500

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on remittancesMonday, which comes after strong CUNA engagement with the CFPB to finalize the rule. The rule raises the “normal course of business threshold” to 500 remittance transfers per year, up from the current 100.“The CFPB’s final remittances rule will help credit union members access safe and affordable remittance services from their credit union. We appreciate the CFPB for having given consideration to the concerns we expressed during the rulemaking process and making changes to the final rule. While we continue to believe an even higher exemption threshold is appropriate, this rule should result in more options for consumers which is always important, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.The final rule also includes a provision allowing depositories to continue providing estimates of exchange rates and certain fees in certain circumstances, language designed to mitigate the expiration of a statutory safe harbor involving fee estimates later this year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

These are the Brisbane suburbs where everyone wants to buy

first_img27 Solander Cct, Forest Lake.THEY are the Brisbane suburbs where the most number of houses changed hands in the past 12 months.Top of the list is Forest Lake, where 395 houses were sold, with the median sales price up 0.2 per cent in 12 months to $436,000.The suburb was the location of Brisbane’s first masterplanned community, and was home to almost 23,000 people during the 2016 Census.Re/Max Master agent George Vuong is selling 27 Solander Circuit at Forest Lake. It is on the market for offers over $495,000.He said there had already been a lot of interest in the four bedroom house which sits on a 704sq m lot just 25km from the city.RUSH ON SURF HERO’S DREAM HOME“That is consistent for the suburb,” he said. “It is popular with families, it is still close to the city but it is still very affordable.“It’s a very multicultural community.”The suburb with the second highest number of house sales was Bracken Ridge with 245 homes sold in 12 months, according to CoreLogic.Houses in the suburb, which is booming thanks to infrastructure upgrades, spend an average of 27 days on the market, with the median house sales price up 3.2 per cent to $502,000.Ray White Bracken Ridge agent Roxanne Paterson is marketing 5 Somerton St, a four bedroom modern home on a 590sq m block. It is for sale by negotiation.“The infrastructure upgrades such as the Gateway are behind that I would say,” she said.“A huge amount of airport workers live in Bracken Ridge because the upgrades mean its just minutes to the airport now.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago5 Somerton St, Bracken Ridge“But it is not just that, Bracken Ridge is not far from the city but is still very affordable.”Wynnum rounded out the top three for the highest number of house sales over the 12 months to August, recording 242 sales.Houses in the Bayside suburb spend an average of 38 days on market, with the median sales price up 1.7 per cent to $643,500.A brand new family home in the Manly State School catchment is listed with Belle Property Manly agent David Lazarus.The four bedroom house at 29 Gum St is on a 405sq m block, and includes a custom-designed kitchen withCaesar Stone benchtops including island waterfall bench, butler’s pantry and stainless steel appliances.29 Gum St, Wynnum.There is also a luxury master suite with walk-through wardrobe and spacious ensuite with double vanity.The Gap (227) and Camp Hill (216) came in fourth and fifth spot in terms of house sales.last_img read more

2021 AFCON qualifiers: FIFA postpones Nigeria, Benin June tie

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola World football governing body, FIFA, has postponed the Super Eagles 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Squirrels of Republic of Benin, originally scheduled to be played in June. The decision was part the recommendations of FIFA-Confederations working group, after their meeting, which was organised via conference call on Friday. The FIFA-Confederations working group recommended that all international matches slated for June be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced most football leagues and other sporting activities around the world to be suspended. “The Fifa-Confederations working group has unanimously approved a series of recommendations following its first meeting, which was organised via conference call today,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday. Following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics by a year, the FIFA working group also proposed keeping the age eligibility rule of players born on or after January 1, 1997, and three additional players. It was also decided to hold discussions with confederations to draw up a revised schedule for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which have been shelved. “The FIFA-Confederations working group will continue to hold discussions on a regular basis as the situation evolves,” added the statement. Last month, the Confederation of Africa Football postponed the AFCON qualifiers between Nigeria and Sierra Leone because of fears of the spread of the deadly crisis. After two games in AFCON qualifying series, the Super Eagles top Group L with six points following back-to-back victories over the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho.Tags: 2021 Africa CUp of NationsAFCONCoronavirusCOVID-19FIFAFOOTBALLNigeriaQualifierRepublic of Beninlast_img read more

Why ‘The Force Awakens’ Feels Like ‘A New Hope’

first_imgAs Disney prepares to release quite possibly the biggest film of all time, let’s take a look at why and how The Force Awakens feels like A New Hope.Top image via Nerdist.comWhen word came down that George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm to Walt Disney in an amazing $4 Billion deal, nerds around the world rejoiced, as many believed Disney would give Star Wars the Marvel treatment. This belief was fully realized within moments of the official word from Disney CEO Bob Iger. From that point on, fans of the saga hoped that the franchise would get back to its roots and away from the digital spectacle that was the prequel trilogy.Many believed and hoped that legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg would helm the relaunch of the franchise, but that was quickly shot down by Spielberg himself. However, Spielberg did have someone in mind to take the director’s chair, though Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy didn’t think this director would want to revitalize another franchise. It took some coaxing from Spielberg and Kennedy, but J.J. Abrams jumped on board, and along with him came the classic characters from the original trilogy.J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan with the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Star WarsAbrams knew that authenticity was paramount, and to ensure that The Force Awakens would satisfy fans around the world, he worked tirelessly to craft the new film with the original film in mind. Let’s take a look at exactly how Abrams crafted The Force Awakens using A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as his benchmarks.Pre-Production BeginsDirector JJ Abrams and Writer Lawrence Kasdan on set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Star Wars Crafting the StoryOne of the factors that pushed Abrams to finally join as director of the newest Star Wars film was Kathleen Kennedy’s ability to hire legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who penned The Empire Strikes Back as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark.For the next full year, Abrams and Kasdan worked diligently to craft a story rooted in the original trilogy that could also lay the groundwork for future films. This process was incredibly difficult, but as Abrams recently said to AOL Build, their first goal was to create the main characters, create their motivation, figure out why the audience would care, and then develop the conflict.However, in order to appeal to a broad audience, the writing duo knew they needed to emulate one major success of the original trilogy — the youthful main characters.Casting Youthful HeroesWhen Star Wars: A New Hope debuted in 1977, the cast of main characters was populated by young and largely unknown actors. Another aspect of these characters is that each one was flawed and not perfect, thus emulating the real struggles of the youth watching the film. Luke Skywalker was a young teenager who dreamed of big things, but felt stuck in a small town seemingly going nowhere. This resonated deeply with many viewers.It was brilliant not having to cast someone from the same old list of names. You don’t want somebody who was ‘that guy from some other franchise.’ You want them to entirely belong to this world. – Casting Director Nina Gold via IndependentDaisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Star WarsWith this in mind, Abrams and casting director Nina Gold began looking for largely unknown actors to play the main characters. The result is a mixture of actors that, in the end, mirror the cast of the original trilogy — a strong female lead accompanied by two male leads, one of which is confident while the other is unsure of himself. But the thing that worked the best for the cast of the original trilogy is that they were largely unknown, which allowed the characters to belong almost entirely to the Star Wars Universe. For Abrams, it’s about sparking the imagination of today’s youth today, showing them they’re capable of anything, as he said to Good Morning America recently.I’m looking forward to kids seeing this movie and to seeing themselves in it, and seeing that they’re capable of doing what they could never imagine was possible. – JJ AbramsDesigning a New World Based on the Old OneIn keeping with the creative decision to use the original trilogy as the foundation and model for the new film, Abrams and his pre-vis team began developing the design and concept of the film. To help them achieve this, Abrams and his team employed many of the unused concept designs from original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.Concept art from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed via Industrial Light & Magic.As is evident in these pieces of concept art (and from what we’ve seen in the trailers for the film), the film nails the gritty aesthetic of the original trilogy. Everything feels old, worn, and past its warranty date.Concept art from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed via Industrial Light & MagicFraming a Galaxy Far, Far AwayNext up, let’s take a look at the gear Abrams used to capture The Force Awakens. As was the case with the pre-production process, the director and his crew looked back to the original trilogy for inspiration here as well.If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams, then you’ll know he’s a huge advocate for film. While the vast majority of the film was shot using 35mm film stock, there were a few sections filmed in IMAX, as well as some composite shots done using both a RED EPIC and ARRI ALEXA.But again, the majority of the film as shot using the classic Panavision 35mm camera, which is the same brand of camera and film stock that was used on the original trilogy.Director JJ Abrams and actress Daisy Ridley on set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via ColliderFinding the Right LocationsRemember the saying “location, location, location?” Well, it applies greatly to film production. Luckily for Abrams, he had one of the very best location managers in the biz in Martin Joy, who oversaw the locations for Batman Begins, Skyfall, and War Horse.Joy and his team scoured the earth looking for the right locations for specific scenes, eventually visiting Abu Dhabi, Berkshire, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Skellig Michael, and more.John Boyega on location in Abu Dhabi for The Force Awakens via Star WarsEven more interesting than the actual physical locations for the film are the narrative locations. As Empire Magazine released back in late November, the planets we’ll see in the film are Jakku, Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime. We see three of these planets in the trailers for the film as one is a desert planet, one is lush with thick forests, while another is a frozen tundra.Skellig Michael located off the coast of Ireland via Star Wars NetWhat makes these locations so interesting is that they again mirror the original trilogy. In A New Hope we found ourselves on the desert planet of Tatooine, then in The Empire Strikes Back we started things off on the ice planet of Hoth. Finally, in Return of the Jedi, we visited the Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. This is just another glaring example of Abrams using the original trilogy as a foundation.Building a Tactile WorldWith the right camera equipment in hand and the perfect locations scouted, all that was left to do for the crew of The Force Awakens was to bring those environments to life — but in a tactile way. As with every part of the process, Abrams once again tapped into the success of the original trilogy and, with a large team of skilled craftsmen, began actually building the worlds of the film.For Abrams, this was one of the most important pieces of the process and what made the originals so special… the fact that the worlds felt real and that they actually existed.BB-8 and J.J. Abrams via Star WarsWhile practical effects and sets aren’t used as much anymore due to the advancements in computer graphic technology, there’s just no way a CGI model can beat a well-crafted practical set. In fact, production designer Darren Gilford, who worked on Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, told IndieWire that Abrams directed them to craft the sets based off of the original designs.J.J.’s mandate from day one was authenticity and being as true to the original trilogy as possible. And he felt the prequels were flawed by the fact that they had every [CG] tool known to mankind and used everything at their disposal. I use the metaphor of disco when the synthesizer came about and everyone was using it in any way possible. And I think J.J. wanted to reconnect with how the original films were made. – Darren Gilford via IndieWireVideo via Star WarsThis firm foundation that is rooted in the massive success of the original trilogy should be one of the major reason why The Force Awakens will resonate well with fans, but also spark a revolution in the world of post-production.As it stands now, there have been countless arguments made on the over reliance of CGI and less of a reliance on practical effects and sets. However, when practical effects and sets are used more abundantly, with CGI acting as a visual support, things seem to go extremely well and audiences sense the magic they once did. For production designer Darren Gilford, recapturing that child-like magic is key.…it was about reconnecting with my childhood and playing with those toys and helping steer that for the next generation [so] some kid has the same experience that I had. – Darren Gilford via IndieWireAdding the Finishing TouchesWhile the post-production process was the most vastly different portion of the film from the originals, it still retained the spirit of the originals. Abrams put a limit on the number of VFX shots in the film at 28 out of 357 total scenes. This number is strikingly low compared to other big-budget films of today.Editors Maryann Brandon (Left) and Mary Jo Markey (Right) at Bad Robot via Geek & SundryBeyond the VFX of the film, the process to edit this epic took some time… and for Bad Robot editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, time was not something they had a lot of. Because of this, the editors and the entire sound and design team at Bad Robot relied heavily on Avid and its host of software, from Media Composer to Pro Tools, all running on the Avid ISIS Storage System, which allowed network-based integrated collaboration between the different post-production departments.Classic Millennium Falcon action via Star WarsIn the end, the team at Bad Robot was able to finish the fine cut of the film with plenty of time to spare — and then used that extra time to perfect upon what they believed was perfect.The Same Old Galaxy Far, Far, Away That You Know and LoveFor Abrams and company, using the original trilogy of films as a base to begin development was crucial, as this set a tone for the rest of the production process. Hopefully, starting today, we’ll be able to see those efforts pay off in a big way as we return to a universe that we know well.Dogfighting starfighters via Star WarsWith any luck, the next line of filmmakers who are taking on Star Wars films (like Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson, and Colin Trevorrow) will see what Abrams has done and utilize the original trilogy as the foundation on which to build the franchise’s future.Are you bored with all the Star Wares hype? Or are you like us and can’t get enough? Share your position in the comments below!last_img read more

Service monitoring company Mariner has announced t

first_imgService monitoring company Mariner has announced that its IPTV monitoring platform Mariner xVu has been extended to use new functionality in Microsoft Mediaroom Client 2.2.According to Mariner this means customers can now identify transient video impairments with more granular subscriber-centric video performance data, identify set-top box to HDTV connection issues with advanced HDMI connection details, 
assist subscribers with menu navigation issues by using remote captures and control of the customer’s TV experience and verify in-home connection with active set-top box connection test.“The combination of Microsoft Mediaroom and Mariner xVu monitoring enables IPTV operators to provide the highest quality video experience to end subscribers,” said Jerry Beresh, senior business development manager, Microsoft. “With a comprehensive view of service performance across the network, telecommunications operators can dramatically reduce capital and operating expenses while rapidly expanding IPTV services.”Mariner will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 14.521last_img read more