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Farncombe Ensures AACS2 Ultra HD Blu-ray Security

Cartesian, Inc. announced that its Farncombe subsidiary was appointed by AACS LA as its first Authorized Robustness Consultant, which assesses the security of Ultra HD Blu-ray devices.

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Farncombe Security Audit expands to review AACS2 implementation robustness for Ultra HD(TM) Blu-ray devices

LONDON (December 8, 2015)  – Cartesian, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTN), today announced that Farncombe, its wholly owned subsidiary and a recognised leader in digital video, was appointed by AACS LA as the first Authorized Robustness Consultant (ARC) able to help manufacturers ensure the security of their next generation Ultra HD Blu-ray(TM) players meets the robustness requirements of the AACS2 Licenses for implementations of the recently-released AACS2 Specifications. Manufacturers are expected to launch hundreds of these devices over the next few years.

Advanced Access Content System 2 (AACS2), the latest content protection technology for securing Ultra HD content on physical media, is now available to companies interested in licensing the technology. Companies involved in distributing content can license AACS2 while licensed adopters can manufacture and sell products that are AACS2 compliant.

The Authorized Robustness Consultant is a new role in the Blu-ray ecosystem with responsibility for assessing security robustness of Ultra HD Blu-ray devices. As an ARC, Farncombe will play a critical role in the AACS2 Product Compliance and Certification process.

AACS LA appointed Farncombe based on its extensive previous experience in video content protection and hardware security design. Farncombe’s security audit services feature a standardised methodology for reviewing security system implementations, including materials handling, business processes, system architecture, device security, governance and end-to-end implementation.

“AACS LA, LLC is pleased to welcome Farncombe to the group of companies that are working to deliver the amazing experience of Ultra HD Blu-ray to consumers,” said Don Leake, Co-Manager of AACS LA, LLC.  “The security of content is vitally important for the continuing availability of high quality entertainment, and Farncombe’s track record in this area is well known and speaks for itself.”

“The ARC role for AACS2 is very similar to our existing security auditing process and builds on our recent work adapting our existing audits to include Ultra HD security requirements,” said André Roy, Head of Security Practice, Cartesian. “We are honoured to be appointed as the first approved ARC and believe this new role will be a key part of ensuring a high level of security for Ultra HD content as manufacturers race to launch next generation Blu-ray devices.”

About Farncombe
Wholly owned by Cartesian, Farncombe is a recognised leader in providing consulting and advisory services to the digital video sector. Supporting clients worldwide, Farncombe is known as an innovator driving the industry forward and is the go-to source for independent and authoritative strategic counsel. Farncombe’s client roster includes: Arqiva, AirTies, Broadcom, Cisco, BSkyB, BT, Eutelsat, Liberty Global, Nagra, Ofcom, SABC, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and YouView. More information at

About Cartesian, Inc.
Cartesian, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTN) is a specialist provider of consulting services and managed solutions to leaders in the global communications, technology and digital media industries. Cartesian provides consulting in strategy, execution and managed solutions to clients worldwide. The company has offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit