04290142 is referenced by 244 patents and cites 10 patents.

An interactive cable television system for serving a plurality of user locations in a service area divided into a plurality of service regions, including a central office and a service network having a portion composed of parallel cables arranged in a tree pattern possessing a plurality of nodes remote from the user locations and, in the vicinity of the users, a further portion representing the lowermost plane of the network and composed of transmission cables connected to groups of user locations, the transmission cables being connected to each group in a star pattern, the system presenting a plurality of transmission paths and permitting multiple utilization of the paths, the parallel cables of the first mentioned portion of the network being connected in each service region in a tree structure extending from one node toward the user locations and being constituted by two parallel autonomous sets of cables, thus representing medium planes of the network, the network further including, in each service region, a plurality of junction devices each connected to the parallel autonomous sets of cables at the end in the vicinity of the users and to the transmission cables of a respective group of user locations and in the uppermost plane of the network, a first connecting cable which is common to all nodes and connected between the central office and all nodes in a tree structure, the first cable being connected at the nodes to one of the sets of cables, and second connecting cables connected to the central office in a star structure and independently of one another and of the first connecting cable, each second connecting cable being connected at a respective node to a portion of the other set of parallel cables associated with a respective service region.

Title
Interactive cable television system
Application Number
6/14282
Publication Number
4290142
Application Date
February 22, 1979
Publication Date
September 15, 1981
Inventor
Herbert Landgraf
Darmstadt
DE
Wolfgang Krick
Berlin
DE
Helmut Kliem
Berlin
DE
Friedrich Kiel
Berlin
DE
Franz Kraus
Berlin
DE
Rolf Schnee
Berlin
DE
Agent
Spencer & Kaye
Assignee
Heinrich Hertz Institut fur Nachrichtentechnik Berlin
DE
IPC
H04B 3/04
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