OCAP Pushes Forward; Cable Providers Examine Lighting Control, Climate Control, Media Management and Home Security Offerings
Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs), the cable industry’s research and development consortium, said a plethora of OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP)-based interactive applications and home security exhibits will be demonstrated at this week’s CableNET exhibit. In the process, the Comcasts and Time Warners of the world will be considering numerous technologies that could give them an entry into your turf, particularly in the home control area.
CableNET, which CableLabs will co-sponsor with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) during NCTA’s The Cable Show ‘07, opened today and runs through Wednesday in Las Vegas.
One of the numerous applications OCAP makes available to cable providers is home automation and control. The possibilities include lighting control, climate control, media management and home security.
Among the demonstrations of most interest to the custom electronics industry:
• Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will show an OpenCable 2.0 hardware platform for development of integrated Bi-directional Digital Cable Ready television.
• Alarm.com will show a monitoring solution for primary and second homes and small commercial facilities with cable internet service.
• Hillcrest Labs will show its HoME digital media system for TV and its Freespace motion-control TV remote, called The Loop.
• iControl Networks will show a web-based remote home monitoring service that, via self-installed, off-the-shelf wireless cameras, motion sensors and other home devices, can provide users with alarm information, live video, photos, and device control and management through a personal web portal or web-enabled phone.
• Samsung Electronics will show, among other things, a Home Media Gateway that manages content from PCs, set-top boxes and DVRs throughout the home.
• Simple Star will show PhotoShowTV, which enables “PhotoShows” on the TV.
• uControl will show how it can allow a user to remotely control and monitor an alarm system via the web, cell phone or PDA; the system can deliver video and two-way voice monitoring, as well as home automation services, such as thermostat control and lighting control.