With this year’s TV Connect event just around the corner (March 19th-21st), we take a look at some of the entries that have been shortlisted for ‘Best Digital Home Service Innovation’ in the TV Connect Industry Awards.
The 2013 TV Connect Industry Awards will be held at prestigious London venue One Mayfair on March 20th. For more information and to book a seat, please visit http://tvconnectawards.com
Geneva-based firm ADB has been nominated for its Epicentro software platform, which empowers broadband operators to manage the home network and provide hugely valuable services such as personal data security, e-health and telemedecine, e-government, home automation and energy management, and premium digital home support.
Epicentro allows service providers to control, provision and upgrade multi-vendor devices and services installed at their subscribers’ homes, and is designed around the four main pillars of modularity, manageability, standards-compliance and expandability.
French software firm SoftAtHome has reached the shortlist for its role in Orange France’s LiveBox Play project, released in February 2013 as the telco’s most advanced STB solution, featuring SoftAtHome’s latest SOP5 software running on Intel’s advanced Groveland and Ikanos 180 chipsets.
It is designed for the smart home of the future, with support for premium content redistribution through the DLNA Premium Profile, and dual Wi-Fi for increased flexibility and quality of service. The software supports multiple devices such as tablets, PCs and smartphones, and can recruit second screens as remotes for controlling the TV or PVR, as well as for new interactive applications enabled by SoftAtHome.
Industry body the UPnP Forum has been shortlisted in this category for its Control Point Certification Program, which has already certified over 1,400 device implementations as being compliant with Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) standards, helping consumers connect up their home devices more easily.
Formed in October 1999, UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of nearly 1,000 leading companies in computing, printing and networking; consumer electronics; home appliances, automation, control and security; and mobile products.
Finally, Chinese firm ZTE has been nominated for the IPTV Early Education Solution it has provided to Jiangsu Telecom, described as being both socially innovative and commercially successful to attract customers and increase Average Revenue Per User (ARPU).
The Early Education Solution was designed according to the three principles of personalisation, intuitive interaction, and social community sharing amongst parents. It entered commercial trials with Jiangsu Telecom in 2012, and similar trials are now underway other Chinese provinces including Hunan, Hubei and Fujian.