French firm Technicolor has released a new software framework designed specifically to bridge ecosystems within the digital home, called ‘Qeo’ and providing consumer device manufacturers, developers and service providers with a new common “language”.
Qeo software modules address the problem of fragmentation by making devices, applications and over-the-top cloud solutions speak to one another to deliver simpler and richer smart home, entertainment, communication and personal media services.
Michel Rahier, President of Technicolor’s Connected Home Division, said: “During the last years, we’ve built a solid understanding of the issues created by heterogeneous and closed ecosystems that fragment the user experience.
“This is why we have developed Qeo: a technology that enables devices to speak the same language, be interconnected with each other, and create totally new use cases for the Connected Life and the ‘Internet of things’. We are excited to have received strong support from major operators and industry leaders for this initiative that we commit to keep pushing forward as the new standard for Connected Life”.
For service providers, Qeo comes with tools to monitor and manage all Qeo-enabled devices, and provides views from global home networks down to individual customers, devices or applications.
Developer-friendly attributes include the ability to create cross-device and cross-OS applications, while CE manufacturers gain an easy way to enable their devices to exchange data, and have their devices recognised quickly within the home network.
Technicolor also revealed that alpha partners for Qeo include IBM, Seagate, STMicroelectronics, Avanquest, Telecom Italia and Portugal Telecom.