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Viodi View – 02/3/18

Cliff Albertson discusses an idea to virtualize Congress.
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A recent newspaper column suggested decentralizing governance and shifting it away from single point hubs, such as Washington D.C., to locations closer to the affected people or industries, For instance, in this scenario, Kansas might be home to the Department of Agriculture. This echos industry stalwart Cliff Albertson’s similar suggestion, made almost five years ago in this ViodiTV interview, for decentralizing Congress . This new kind of thinking would not be possible without the ubiquitous, high-speed broadband that has become a vital infrastructure in the past two decades.


An Eagle Eye on Delivering State-of-the-Art Communications

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“The Internet is one of those shining spots that’s really allowed industry to grow, allowed small businesses and even the smallest parts of our world they are able to compete because of the Internet and there has been a light-regulatory touch.” said Gary Shorman at TIS 17. As President and CEO of employee-owned Eagle Communications in rural Kansas, Shorman has an informed perspective of what is necessary to bring broadband to rural America.

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Autonomous Transportation Workshop & Standards Meetings Show Progress by Steve Pastorkovich

Cars equipped with DSRC are depicted in this image.
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A number of interesting take-aways came out of back to back meetings held December 5-6 at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) headquarters in Arlington, VA. While it’s no longer a surprise that “smart car” and similar technologies are developing faster than many anticipated even a year ago, progress continues to be rapid. The automotive and telecommunications sectors, nearly strangers to each other in the fairly recent past, are increasingly working together as various autonomous transportation solutions become more viable.

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Beyond Secure Access – Safe Access

Global Net Solutions 4 factor authentication shown at CES 2018.
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One of the biggest challenges for security, whether in the physical or cyber world, is correctly identifying those who should have access to a given domain. Being able to verify multiple signatures of an individual is great, but it must be simple to use, while not causing significant delays. At CES2018, Global Net Solutions demonstrated their solution that not only creates a secure access system, but adds safety and location features. According to Michael Elias, Director of Business Development for Global Net Solutions, they use four factors to authenticate a user

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New 20+ Hour Fire Power from a Hidden Dragon 

Qualcomm Snap Dragon powering a lap-top at CES2018.
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20 years ago, Qualcomm’s demonstration of Windows running on the Snapdragon process would have probably been the headline news of CES. Of course, 20 years ago, a lap-top computer with an always-on, wireless broadband connection and with battery life of more than 20 hours would have been unthinkable.With this kind of power, it could not only chip away at Intel’s microprocessor dominance, but, perhaps, it could represent the start of a new opportunity for Microsoft to provide an alternative operating system for the mobile market.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

  • Government won’t be decentralized until legislation, such as California’s Brown Act, are updated to reflect the broadband reality of the 21st century. Follow @Viodi on Twitter to learn more or talk to me about it at WEC2018, where we will be breaking the rules (except tor the ones imposed by government, which lead to bad things).
  • Congratulations Roger Bindl on the well deserved recognition for your documentary on a farm of historical import.
  • #TBT – Excellent interview with the new chairman of @Alphabet by Alan Weissberger, when Hennessy was still president of Stanford and good insight on his significant contributions to Silicon Valley.
  • @BenedictEvans “Software will eat the world, autonomy edition. Instead of this wonderful contraption to reconfigure the lanes twice a day, this will just be a software switch.” @Viodi -Yet another parallel between the software defined transportation future and the software defined telecom network, as seen in this video

The Korner – The See Through Car – P2P Possibilities #CES2018

The camera view in this car shows the car directly in front, as well as a pedestrian who is in front of that car.
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The promise of Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications has been around the corner and illustrated in presentations for decades, so it was a treat to see the technology in product form at CES2018, Perhaps this demonstration points to a different way of implementing 5G; one where vehicles become part of the network, reducing the need for 5G cell sites. As in-vehicle, mini datacenter-type compute power becomes the norm, it’s not difficult to imagine that vehicles could perform all the necessary functions of a mini-cell site.

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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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