I am just back from attending the 2014 Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas where I was meeting with customers and visiting the massive show floor. CES is an intriguing blend of extremes and contrasts: biggest and the smallest; connected and unconnected; wired and wireless; high tech – low tech. As personal and business technologies converge through the “consumerization of technology”, CES provides an exciting window into the current and future world of technology.
As with every show, there are things which are the same, more advanced or completely new from the previous year. The following are my personal observations and extrapolations from the show based on my conversations with customers, colleagues and walking the floor.
1. Internet of Everything – Not only are all things (machines, sensors, devices) being connected to the Internet but so are people and data, creating the Internet of Everything. IoE is a fitting overall theme for CES – everything at the show is connected to everything else. As Cisco CEO John Chambers stated in his keynote speech “IoE is bigger than anything that’s ever been done in high tech.”
2. New Next Generation TV… Again – You could be mistaken for thinking that CES is really the TV show. Televisions are everywhere and every company seems to produce one. Manufacturers are still promoting 3D television, but it has taken a back seat to the next big thing – spectacular ultra high-definition or 4K TVs – four times the resolution of typical HD TVs.
3. The World is Curved – Read More »
Tags: CES, Cisco, consumer electronics, devices, digital, future, IBSG, mobile, mobility, Service Provider, television
By Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM, Cisco Service Provider Video Infrastructure
Right now, in North America, home security is the leading beachhead into the Internet of Everything (IoE) landscape. AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Rogers, among others, moved into homes this year with advanced security products. All are actively cooking up ways to improve those beachheads, to make our homes – and our things more useful to us.
The ability for service providers (SPs) to drive more ARPU
So far, anecdotal evidence suggests that consumers like the add-on features — like video, water metering, smoke detection, thermostat control, water shut-off valves, proximity detection, and a long list of others. (They also like the break they get on their homeowners insurance…!) With takeup rates for home security systems still hovering in the “below 25%” range, there’s still a lot of room to grow.
As our CEO John Chambers will discuss in his CES keynote, we think the Internet of Everything is the next big thing in the overall transition to all-IP. We define it as a combination of devices, people, data and processes, which all come together in a life-improving way. (As the sole provider of the AT&T Digital Life controller, we’re very familiar with how to build that beachhead into the home.)
Here at CES, we’re showcasing a future vision of the IoE/Connected Life movement — with everything from gluten-detectors to connected basketballs to breaking glass detection. The point of it isn’t to plumb the depths of eyebrow raising use cases, which we’ve all seen perhaps too many times.
The point is to illustrate how the IoE can positively impact service provider networks. Maybe after the basketball breaks the window, the homeowner, who’s at work, gets a notification of three window companies that can be there within the hour.
Those are but a few examples of how the IoE can grow residential service satisfaction, and help service providers grow revenue. We have plenty more! It’s what we call Cisco Connected Life solutions. We are demonstrating these things in action this week at the Cisco booth #13342 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and in private demonstrations for our service provider customers at The Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.
Tags: CES 2014, Internet of Everything, IoE, Service Provider, video, videoscape
By Joe Chow, VP and GM, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco
A milestone is a foot, and we’d like to commemorate it with this brief blog to promote our latest set-top box triumph. The milestone: Four million! That’s the number of video-optimized wireless set-top boxes now enhancing how consumers watch television, thanks to the notably successful rollouts by our partners AT&T, CenturyLink and Telus.
The cool factor of a wireless video set-top box — AT&T’s Read More »
Tags: AT&T, CenturyLink, optik tv, Service Provider, set top box, stb, TELUS, U-verse, video, videoscape
It’s a new year, so one thing is certain: It’s time to go to Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show. CES is always an energetic annual kickstart here at Cisco, since so much of our mission is to develop and build the technologies that link consumers and businesses to service providers and big networks.
CES is especially big for us this year. For starters, John Chambers, our Chairman and CEO, is keynoting this afternoon (4:30 PM PT, Venetian Palazzo Ballroom), to talk about the Internet of Everything (IoE), as part of the Tech Titans keynote series.
Company-wide we are so focused on the IoE, we’re sponsoring the “Internet of Everything” Tech Zone, in the Central Hall (#13342) — so come see us there if you’re thirsty for details on how sensor-based technologies will jazz up your life at home, and on the go.
Our Service Provider Video business announced Read More »
Tags: CES 2014, Internet of Everything, Service Provider, video, videoscape
For pay-TV service providers, delivering multi-screen TV services is a must. Same goes for embedding web and social applications. But with the proliferation of video-enabled devices such as set top boxes (STB) and computer electronics (CE) devices, software platforms become more fragmented. And that makes it more of a challenge to deliver and maintain a high quality video service across the device ecosystem. Many rightly consider HTML5 to be the Internet technology for delivering commercial TV to video enabled devices. Indeed many devices already support HTML5. And all new devices will have native HTML5 browsers built-in. Furthermore, many open source frameworks also make it easier to create new services while social sites provide SDKs to help integrate existing services.
But that’s not enough.
The fact is that many HTML5 implementations simply don’t match the capabilities required by today’s commercial TV applications. Nor do they achieve the performance levels to which users are accustomed. Take, for example, the 3D effects and animations that are part and parcel of an award-winning EPG design such as Videoscape Snowflake. Or accessibility to metadata, authorizations and user preferences. Not to mention app life cycle management. Essentially, there is a need for more than an HTML5 standard browser.
So what can be done? Well at Cisco, we have an answer. Read More »
Tags: CES 2014, html5, open UX, Service Provider, video