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Viodi View – 01/03/14

An Indestructible Wireless Broadband Network for All – Part 1

Ken Pyle interviews Devabhaktuni Srikrishna and Rajeev Krishnamoorthy on the topic of SocialMesh Networking.
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With spectrum auctions delayed and actions regarding broadcast retransmission consent sure to be discussed in 2014 and First Net struggling how to build an affordable network, now would be a good time for policy makers to take a closer look at the best way to manage the airwaves. That is one take-way from a recent video interview with the former CTO/founder of Tropos Networks and the founder of Tzero about their ideas for crowd-sourcing wireless. The explosion of smart, personal communications devices changes assumptions made about spectrum use.

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Applications Driving the Need for Rural Broadband

Ken Pyle interviews Michael Keeling at the Broadband Communities Summit.
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It is difficult for lawmakers and regulators to keep up with the rapid pace of technology. Sometimes just a simple change to a law can make a huge difference in removing a road block to implementation of a more efficient way of doing business. In this interview, Michael Keeling discusses parity legislation which has led to an uptake in telemedicine in the 15 states where implemented. Although this legislation is meant to improve the efficiency of health-care delivery, it can also mean the difference life and death in areas where the nearest specialist might be hours away.

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TiE-SV Panel: Personalization & Privacy in the Era of Big Data by Alan Weissberger

A picture of a lock and keys symbolizing privacy.
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The thin line between targeted content (obtained from on-line data collection/synthesis) and the intrusion of user privacy was explored by moderator Karthik Kannan, Co-founder Cetas and Product/GTM Leader-Pivotal. The panel attempted to address how leading technology companies are working to set the precedent for the right amount of personalization without compromising users’ privacy and security.

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Know Your Customer’s Business – Part 1

Ken Pyle interviews Jim Farmer at the SCTE 2013 Tech Expo and Conference.
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Cable industry engineering icon and SCTE Hall of Fame member, Jim Farmer, who retired in August after some 45 years of service to the cable TV industry, discusses some of the people who influenced his career. He also indicates that engineering organizations, such as IEEE and SCTE, were important to his growth as an engineer as well as the growth of the industry. SCTE also provided Farmer with a good opportunity to mix with his customers.He stresses that it is critical for engineers to understand their customers’ business.

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The Korner – Gearing up for International CES by Looking Back #

Next week’s International CES will feature the latest in technology. Here are some just published videos from last year’s conference that reflect what is sure to be popular again this year; the Internet of Everything, wearable technology and devices intended to survive the rigors of everyday life. Stay tuned for ViodiTV coverage of International CES 2014.

Water Repellent Protection – Service Provider Opportunity?

A demonstration of a material that repels water.
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Drop that expensive electronic device in the sink? Liquipel has a solution in the form of a protective coating. What makes this interesting for service providers or anyone with a retail presence is that Liquipel has developed a relatively small unit that allows on site application of their coating. This is be a new revenue opportunity for service providers that bring this capability to their customers.

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Beyond Video — Metadata as Part of the Action

A demonstration and discussion of a way to capture meta-data associated with a camera.
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Metadata may be in the royal court of content, but collecting it and using it for something useful can be a royal pain. Rigado and its Rebound product solves that problem for people who want to relive their action sport adventure. With 9 sensors, they can provide a rich suite of data including elevation, speed, rotation and impact (for measuring those extreme crashes).

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Continuous Fitness Feedback

A demonstration/discussion of a wearable fitness monitoring device.
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Keeping New Year’s resolutions, particularly when they are associated with staying in shape, is always a challenge. Even identifying and tracking progress can be overwhelming. Fitbit aims to solve this through a series of low-cost sensors that monitor things such as steps taken, calories burned,  hours slept and quality of sleep. What makes this approach work is that virtually no personal intervention is needed to gather and analyze data (thanks to Bluetooth integration with tablets and smart phones). Another important consideration is that it is unobtrusive and some might even say a fashion statement.

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Vital Signs Monitoring via an iDevice

A demonstration of vital signs monitoring from Zensorium at Pepcom 2013.
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The Tinke’ from Zensorium turns into an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone into a tool for monitoring heart rate, respiratory rate and blood oxygen saturation. Although it is not a medical device, it is relatively accurate; for instance, it is within +/- 2 beats per minute and +/- 2 breaths per minute. The real value of this device is the ability to measure the relative improvement in these parameters.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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