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CPE IN HOME 2.0

OPEN PLATFORMS THE FUTURE OF CPE IN HOME 2.0

As the battle for the smart home intensifies, both service providers and digital disruptors are deploying connected home devices - leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Open APIs - to secure a leading position. For service providers, the choice of smart home middleware, used to power their home devices is strategic, serving as the glue that will bind their traditional services to future home services. The choices made today, will determine who controls the user experience, the customer data, and associated future revenues.

 

This paper examines the credentials of two of the leading open platforms for customer premises equipment (CPE), RDK and Google's Android, discussing:

 

  • Why middleware is strategic for existing and future services;
  • The state-of-the-art for home device platforms: hardware, architecture, development and features;
  • The defining traits of RDK and Android platforms;
  • A side-by-side comparison of the cost of ownership for RDK and Android.

 

Service provider home devices are now ready for their next great change, into an open platform. As the user experience and data insights become a key battleground for the smart home, this paper explains the key considerations for video operators in moving to an open platform for the home device.