Cisco SPotlight Series – Connected Devices in the Connected Home

September 5, 2014 - 4 Comments

chowj-300x4001By Joe Chow, VP & GM, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco

Our home entertainment centers are rapidly changing. For decades, the television has been the center of American living room, but with the advent of cable, video games, streaming services and the cloud, our definitions of TV and set-top boxes have evolved. These days, a cellphone can be remote control and a remote control can be a security system. Consumers can watch movies on-demand or access second-screen content with their tablets or they can check their Facebook over their TV sets. Meanwhile society demands are expanding to include environmental concerns as well greater efficiencies.

To address many of the questions of the changing market, Cisco is launching a new video SPotlight series. Through the course of several videos, key Cisco executives will answer questions and provide commentary on many of the hottest topics in television and video.

In the inaugural video, Joe Chow, vice president of Connected Devices, discusses the state of the connected home – including Cisco’s Connected Home incubator and product roadmap, and what consumers can expect in the future as a result of the “convergence between entertainment, control, automation and lifestyle applications inside the home.”

Other topics covered in this video interview include:

  • The evolution of customer premise equipment (CPE) in the home
  • Energy consumption of set-top boxes
  • The end-to-end security in connected homes
  • The aggregation of data to aid in applications such as energy management

Television continues to remain the centerpiece of the American household but to keep pace with how TV is transforming, be sure to keep your eye on the Cisco’s Video SPotlight series in the weeks and months ahead.

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  1. I understand the “Converged Home”

    The questions is….. will our in house platform be modular and scalable to both types of Service Providers.. Telco/Cable

    Presently we run a Flip Flop mentallity… he who pays the most, gets the device, beit Cable or Telco.


  2. Home Automation Solution involving controling and monitoring all needed devies shoule be affordable and easy in deployment to such a level where home interior designner can suggest solution and deploy them at home without need of Customer tech support Engineer.

    This is world wide need while security and monitoring has become utmost importent.


  3. Convergence, I believe, the next frontier that will foster a lot of innovative ideas, many of which were touched upon in the video.

    As part of a recent event at our BU, we tried showcasing , what a converged Wifi(802.11) and Zigbee(802.15.4) network could enable. It would not only increase the stickiness of our current solution but also spurn growth in areas like security, policy and application creation. Lot of ideas discussed in the interview could be enabled by creating such a system. I curious if our idea can be leveraged somewhere.


  4. I’m very glad that I’m able to see this video. This video remins me mainly two things immediately. BTW I’m a radio/mobile guy.

    1. Convergence of the several mobile technologies (into one) seems to be still and ever ongoing, but not fully achieved. This is probably due to the cost of doing it (for exampl,e perfect convergence of WiFi and Cellular would be technically possible, but practically too costly. In reality, the degree of convergence” is up to each service providers. But, I still wan to see the “full” convergence in some day (from Cisco) that handset user enjoys voic calls, data calls on the move, and the phone selects and pick up the most suitable radio technology continuously. The user does not even notice whether he is in LTE or WiFi, etc.

    2. Remote Home security

    If I can control my apartment entrance door locks, turn on and off various electricity, from my iPhone remotely, it would be very convenient, and at the same time, I demand a high degree of security.

    Best regards, Ryuichi