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Viodi View – 10/25/19

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It is the connections with people that ultimately matter in business. This is an unintentional lesson taught by mentor and friend, Tom Olson. In sharing a fun Twitter thread with him last weekend, I had hoped to bring a smile to Tom’s face, by reminding him of the wisdom of our mutual friend, Yoshida Furahata. I will never know if it brought that smile.

This weekend, there will be plenty of connections rekindled at Calix’s ConneXions 2019 and the associated events, such as Saturday’s Broadband Forum’s BASe, North American Summit. This will be a great opportunity to learn new things from the presenters and each other. Look for the Viodi camera and say hello.

Fiber, 5G, and Beyond

Teresa McGaughey discusses 5G and the implications for NTCA members.
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In this interview, Calix’s Teresa McGaughey provides a glimpse of some of the conversations that will be held at ConneXions 2019 as well as this week’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles. She discusses the critical role of fiber, particularly technologies like NG-PON2, for bringing the bandwidth and low-latency necessary to make 5G a reality.

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The Software-Defined Home of the Future

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A hot topic at ConneXions will be the so-called smart home. At CES2019, KB Homes’ SVP Dan Bridleman gave a vision for their vision for the elements of what will make a future home, “smart”. In many ways, just as hardware is being abstracted from the software applications, Bridleman describes future homes as being able to adapt to different uses, changing lifestyles and new technologies. He describes the need for a fiber optic, last mile as a sort table stakes for enabling this smart home of the future.

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Turning Air Into Water

Zero Mass Water talks about pulling water from air.
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One of the technologies that offer the promise of making the smart home of the future more resilient is from an Arizona-based company, Zero Mass Water. Their magic technology uses solar energy to capture and convert humidity into drinkable water. It is already making a difference to people in remote villages that don’t have the luxury of a municipal water system to areas struck by disaster to individual homeowners looking for an alternative to bottled water.

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Will Solar Be a Driver of Autonomous Vehicles?

Alta Devices' thin film solar cells are explained in this video interview.
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Speaking of solar, Alta Devices demonstrated their thin-film, solar cells at the World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology. These lightweight power-generators are enabling new hardware, such as drones or airships that can fly virtually non-stop. In turn, this will enable entirely new applications such as the untethered rural cell tower.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

Tom Olson – 1938 to 2019

Tom Olson explaining how he spent a night in the brig.
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This is a story I didn’t want to publish or, at the very least, hoped it was wrong. Tom Olson the person I have known longest in my professional career has passed to the great cable network in the sky. As my friend and fellow Tomco alum, Daryl Patrick so eloquently wrote to me this morning, “Seems the Lord needed a good cable man to straighten out his reception in the Great By and By, cause Messmer couldn’t fix it.” Between Tom Olson and, the late John Messmer, there is plenty of brainpower to fix any network.

Tom was an unheralded builder of the cable industry, particularly, in the 1970s, when his designs and products could be found under the Tomco brand, as well as many other cable equipment brands, such as Scientific Atlanta, Jerrold, Times Fiber and RCA. More than the cable connections he enabled, it was the connections he made with and between people that will be his legacy. Thank you for everything, Tom.

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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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Note, services to remember Tom Olson are as follows:

Memorial Service
Saturday, November 2nd, 3:30 PM
Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home
225 E. Rose, Sonora, CA
(209) 532-3131

Graveside service
Monday, November 4th, 2:00PM
Mission City Memorial Park
420 N. Winchester Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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