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Viodi View – 11/30/20

Ken Pyle and Steve Pastorkovich shaking hands at TelcoTV 2002. Ken is handing Steve a check for $500 for the FRED scholarship fund.
FRED Scholarship Donation at 2002 TelcoTV

Happy 18th birthday to the Viodi View. Although barely a generation in human-terms, there have been multiple generations of technology and business models since November 2002, when the Viodi View reported on the launch of the TelcoTV conference. Back then, multichannel video was an important driver for DSL adoption. Video-On-Demand, such as Movielink (reviewed here), was nascent, today’s social networks were non-existent, and slow-speed dial-up still the dominant way to access the early Internet.

Cutting Edge, Automated Mobility at the Oldest National Park & Beyond

Beep's Navya autonomous vehicle plying the streets of Lake Nona, Florida.
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In many ways, Autonomous mobility is where broadband at the turn of the century. It’s apparent it will have a big impact on society, but no one can predict when and what that impact will be. With Waymo’s driverless launch in Arizona and Beep’s quiet rollout out of low-speed, electric autonomous shuttle services, we are starting to see glimpses of that future. It is clear in talking to Beep that wireless broadband will be a critical element for such a service and that the future of mobility will be as much about delivering excellent customer experience as it will be the actual transportation of goods and people.

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The Solar Passenger & Cargo Bike

Wello discusses their electric-assist cargo and passenger bike.
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Robots aren’t the only way to improve the efficiency of moving people and goods.  An electric assist bike that can be configured as a passenger or a cargo vehicle could be a game-changer for urban and/or mountainous rural areas. With solar panels charging onboard batteries, it provides both low operational costs and low environmental impact. Some of what makes this unique is from where it hails and their approach to workforce development through distributed manufacturing.

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The Virtual Referee Assistant

ST37 talks about their automatic referee.
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Will the referee of the future be a robot? One has to ask that question after seeing ST37 Sport Et Technologie’s cameras effectively serve as a referee. Founded by a fencing champion, their product, Mia, offers the opportunity to assist and improve the judgment of existing referees. It also provides the added benefit of streaming the video and providing real-time statistics.

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The Blockchain Home Surveillance Camera #CES2020

IoTex uses blockchain to create a chain of custody for the Internet of Things.
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IoTex built on its CES2019 debut with a home surveillance camera produced in partnership with Tenvis. IoTex’s open-source blockchain technology secures the privacy of the end-user so that neither Tenvis nor IoTex can see their customers’ personal information and video streams. This approach of distributing processing and security via blockchain is core to IoTex’s vision to create an Internet of Trusted Things.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Leadership in Challenging Times

Rob Shema's first day at work during the pandemic.
Rob Shema’s first day at work during the pandemic.

Although the title of the event was “Christian Leadership in Challenging Times”, the ideas shared by the panelists were relevant to any business leader dealing with the events of 2020. A common theme was the idea of being a servant leader who serves staff and customers first. As the panel moderator to this Christians in Communications- produced virtual event, Matt Polka painted a picture of servant leadership as an inverted pyramid where the leader supports his/her constituents.

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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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