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Viodi View – 05/07/19

Moderating a panel is an amazing honor and incredible learning opportunity, as it provides a direct conduit to a group of experts on a particular topic. I had this privilege at the recent NTCA Business & Tech conference (stay tuned for a future ViodiTV interview summarizing that panel). Equally, it is a huge honor to be a rapporteur at the SmartDrivingCar Summit at Princeton. The next video interview fits well with the theme of the SDC Summit about using autonomous technologies to improve mobility for all.


The Complete AV Transit Solution #CES2019

An image of a new shuttle from Travsdev that is aimed at solving the last-mile shared transit challenge.
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Patricia Villoslada EVP Transdev Autonomous Transport Systems, explains how they are integrating last-mile autonomous transport as part of a complete end-to-end mobility solution. Working with partners, including ZF. e.Go and Torc Robotics (Daimler recently purchased a majority stake in Torc), Transdev also introduced new autonomous shuttle intended for solving connectivity for public transit deserts.

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Sensors Galore & More #CES2019

Magnet Marelli and its virtual mobile assistant at CES2019.
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Passive and active sensors that detect low-frequency (audio) to the invisible (Radar, Lidar and Thermal) to cameras, will be central to creating autonomous vehicles that yield safer driving. Similarly, outbound communications, whether via dynamic signage, audio blasts or some other means, to the humans walking, riding or driving the streets is critical for mobility machines (as Dr. Kornhauser would say), to become accepted by the public.

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Invisible & Visible Light for Secure Communications #CES2019

OLEDCOMM discussing their LiFi product at CES2019.
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Up to 100 Mbs securely shared over 16 people is what OLEDCOMM promises with its LiFi solution. As OLEDCOMM CEO, Benjamin Azoulay explains at CES2019, light doesn’t pass through walls like radio signals (WiFi), so their LiFi approach makes for an excellent way to wirelessly transmitting secure information within confined spaces. Magnet-Marelli (see above video) talks about how OLEDCOMM’s LiFi offers the potential for new applications, including geo-targeted advertising, a path for secure authentication of parking spots and more.

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Assessment of Open Networking, Bare Metal Switches, White Boxes, and NFVi by Alan Weissberger

Open Networking Buzz Words image is courtesy of Aptira
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From 2012 to at least 2016, there was tremendous industry buzz about disaggregation of the network switch, transport equipment, and network appliances. Many industry “experts” and stock market analysts said that purpose-built hardware would be replaced by “open network” software running on commodity “white boxes” and “bare metal switches.” A new networking software industry, including open network operating systems (NOS’s) and open source software of all types, was expected to emerge to create options and choices in the type of network infrastructures which all service providers and IT enterprise customers could put together. That really didn’t happen.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts


The Korner – 40 Years of Public Service #Summit26

An image of the 40 years of service plaque given to C-SPAN by ACA.
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Along the theme of moderating, it was an unbelievable privilege to interview the co-presidents and co-CEOs, along with the founder of C-SPAN, Brian Lamb, at the recent ACA Summit. The brief interview provides a brief encapsulation of how C-SPAN helped make government more transparent on a shoestring budget. Kudos to the cable pioneers who were the spark that ignited the C-SPAN reporting fire four decades ago. Let’s hope the virtual MVPDs embrace C-SPAN as well and include it as part of their respective offerings.

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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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