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IS-2003-37: Creative Ways to Build Broadband Networks And Underground Power Cables Through Strategic Partnerships Among Utilities
2003 CABA Information Series Reports
This paper, submitted by Dr. Jeyapalan & Associates, LLC advocates inserting fiber optic cables into existing water and sewer pipes to reach customers and avoid pole-mounted wiring. He proposes that the U.S. Federal Government pay for such projects to stimulate broadband service deployment. The fiber network could be used to monitor the performance of power distribution grids.
IS-2003-36: Welcome to the Real World – embedded security in action
This paper is the third in Certicom’s “Got Security?” White Paper series. It describes how to determine the right security model for a given device and set of user needs and addresses the challenges of providing security for data stored in resource-constrained devices and for data transmitted between devices. Hardware and software techniques are discussed. A checklist of security features that may be embedded in devices is included.
IS-2003-35: Broadband Video over Twisted Pair Cabling
This NORDX/CDT paper explains the benefits of high performance twisted pair cable for one of the most demanding applications on the market today – broadband video. It compares the signal-to-noise performance of various categories of twisted-pair wiring including CAT 5, CAT 6, and enhanced higher quality CAT 6.
IS-2003-34: Is China Alpha or Omega For The Rest of The World?
This paper, provided by Instat/MDR describes the changes in Chinese policies in the past few years toward encouraging investments in semiconductor fabrication and providing 50% of outsourced materials for the world market. It also examines the negative impact and the positive opportunity this economic growth presents to the rest of the world.
IS-2003-33: Think Smart, Think Connected White Paper
This Harbor Research White Paper (in conjunction with Spinnaker Venture Partners, LLC) highlights the findings of an Executive Summit on European Union adoption of Internet-enabled device networking/M2M to maintain a competitive advantage in an open, connected landscape. Devices from multiple companies will be interconnected via the Internet. Open systems for interconnection will lead to new business opportunities that will not accrue to companies with closed systems. Interconnection requires alliances among companies and a shift from a product-centric to a services-centric business model.
IS-2003-32: The Economic and Social Benefits of Broadband Deployment
This Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) paper offers an examination of various applications broadband can enable, including in particular the economic and social benefits of using broadband for those applications. The TIA includes some regulatory context and explains their policy views including their argument that incumbent telephone companies should not be required to open their local-loops (“last mile”) through unbundling to competitive suppliers so that the incumbents will be encouraged to invest in broadband.
IS-2003-31: Digital Home White Paper
This white paper is an introduction to the mission of the Digital Home Working Group, an industry organization whose goal is to make the digital home vision a reality. Their digital home vision integrates the Internet, mobile, and broadcast islands currently existing in the home through a seamless, interoperable network which will provide a unique opportunity for manufacturers and consumers alike. Strategies for achieving interoperability among consumer electronics, personal computers, and mobile devices are discussed. Such devices are classified as Digital Home Servers and Digital Home Renderers.
IS-2003-30: Many Happy Returns - The ROI of Security
For manufacturers of communication devices and developers of applications, security has become an unavoidable imperative. More than ever, their customers — enterprises and network operators — require sophisticated security features. This paper from Certicom includes charts and fill-in tables for determining the cost and value for a company to invest in data security. Four business situations for investing in security are identified: Process Improvement, New Business, Renewal, and Transformation
IS-2003-29: The Inside Story: Embedded Security for Constrained Devices
Security has become an undeniable requirement for wireless and other constrained devices. Fast on the heels of consumer uptake, corporations and government organizations are making wireless technology part of their daily lives — using it to handle private and sometimes sensitive information. This paper, the first in a series of 3 wireless security white papers from Certicom presents reasons why security should be embedded in the hardware design of wireless devices, rather than added on to existing devices. Standard security protocols are preferred over proprietary methods.
IS-2003-28: Digital Home Implementation Plan For Realizing Digital Life in South Korea
The government of South Korea is planning to make high-speed Internet access available to 10 million Korean homes by 2007 using fiber-to-the-home. Applications include learning, entertainment, safety, and home services such as shopping and energy management. . The following article, provided by Information Gatekeepers Inc. is an excerpt of a translated version of the Korean Policy Statement and it details their vision to bring broadband not only to the home but also inside the home.
IS-2003-27: Connecting Legacy Devices on the Home Network: The Challenges of Connectivity
At present the vast majority of revenues in the home networking industry are very much centered on the data networking, and we are not likely to see mass-market revenues generated by multimedia network solutions over the short-term (the next 18 months, for example). This is the basic premise of this white paper submitted by Parks Associates which describes in some detail the reasons that their research has shown that consumers aren’t adopting digital home technologies as quickly as the industry would like.
IS-2003-26: Public Hot Spots: One Truth and Two Myths
Public WiFi networks are being offered by new companies and by incumbent telephone companies. Yuanzhe (Michael) Cai of Parks Associates describes survey results from a forthcoming report called Public Hot Spots: Moving beyond Road Warriors which indicates that pricing, security, and quality-of-service are not fulfilling consumer needs.
IS-2003-25: Disconnected: Consumers and the Mobile Phone Industry
John Barrett of Parks Associates writes that despite an investment of tens of billions of dollars in mobile phone services and equipment, the average revenue per customer is not growing. He concludes that the industry has not presented the technologies to consumers in a meaningful, attractive package. Instead they have offered unwieldy products that provide ill-defined services at an uncertain price. In short, it is no surprise consumers are not buying.
IS-2003-24: Core Networks: Can they Escape the Commoditization Spiral?
In this paper, Harbor Research make the argument that public network service providers have shrinking profits in long distance and Internet services. Future profits will come from providing a registry and warehouse to manage data originating from devices in the home. The network provider will aggregate information from similar devices in their customers’ homes for delivery to a service provider, acting as an infotributor.
IS-2003-23: Let the Circle Be Unbroken: How the Pervasive Internet Will Automate the Global Enterprise
By the year 2010, the Internet will have trillions of users it doesn’t have today. Most of them will not be human beings. This paper, written and submitted by Harbor Research describes how the transmission, harvesting and interpretation of this device-based information as a basis for strategy and action will make every form of business dramatically more efficient and profitable than ever before.
IS-2003-22: Going the extra mile to bring carrier-class management to Ethernet in the first mile
The IEEE is finalizing a standard for applying Ethernet technology in the "first mile" (aka last mile, local loop, metro access and subscriber access network) outside buildings to link the building LAN to a WAN operated by common carrier. This paper argues that this Ethernet standard resolves "the mismatch" between customer needs and current solutions such as DSL, ISDN, cable TV, T1/E1 or T3/E3 lines with their shortcomings, ranging from performance bottlenecks, fixed bandwidth increments, limited scalability, lack of flexibility and provisioning complexity to quality of service issues and a high cost structure.
IS-2003-21: Standards and Technology Strategy
The author discusses the importance of standards and how standards are developed. He explains that he prefers private consortia to write standards instead of going through the formal ratification processes defined by entities like the ITU, IETF, ISO, and National Bodies because of the time to market. He also describes in detail some of the risks and challenges inherent in the development of standards as part of a consortium.
IS-2003-20: Fiber-to-the-Home White Paper
Fiber to the home (and business) will fill the speed gap between Gbps servers and PCs. Drivers for high bandwidth are video conferencing, interactive games, telecommuting, and file transfers (video on demand, video and still-image email attachments, program sharing and downloading, e.g. of entire books). When fiber delivers Internet, telephone, and cable TV services, the cost of the equipment will become economical for the four U.S. incumbent telephone companies and will enable these companies to regain the lead over cable companies for delivery of broadband services.
IS-2003-19: Information Technology and Electric Power Systems
The Finnish National Technology Agency (TEKES) has been funding a five-year program (called TESLA) of research in information technology for electric power distribution and sale. This government-sponsored work is being migrated to industrial applications. This large report (81 pages) summarizes the TESLA projects.
IS-2003-18: Connected Solutions: Landscape and Supply Side Analysis
This market analysis projects the growth rates of broadband access networks and home distribution networks (wires, wireless, power line carrier, and telephone lines). The initial motivation is data distribution, then multimedia. The paper includes information about OSGi, UPnP, HomePlug, WiMedia, and ZigBee and interviews with representatives of each of the organizations.
IS-2003-17: Extending Energy Management to the Enterprise
Businesses are being given the opportunity to aggregate energy purchases across multiple locations of a distributed enterprise. To make economical energy decisions, they need to collect data from multiple sources in a common format based on XML Web services. The enterprise data will be integrated with supplier information about energy prices and demand-management programs available via the web.
IS-2003-16: Facility Lifecycle Management For Process Industries
Massy Mehdipour, Chief Executive Officer of Skire, Inc. describes why the process industry has different building automation requirements than other industries. Since the requirements for product and process development are continually changing - due to technology changes and market dynamics - process facilities undergo constant renovation and retrofit almost immediately after the facility construction is completed. Suitable data-management technology can reduce renovation and retrofit requirements and can take months off of the schedule. More importantly, it allows owner/operators to incorporate provisions for future changes into the installation, without jeopardizing quality, cost, or schedule. This paper was prepared in the first quarter of the year 2003.
IS-2003-15: Reviving the FORGOTTEN Information Superhighway
Wayne Caswell, CAZITech Consulting Services, has developed this paper to promote the need for a national broadband policy. In Wayne’s forward he states “Debate still lingers over government’s role in building an Information Superhighway and whether our lack of a national broadband policy means the concept is forgotten. Broadband – the ‘always on’ network connection that receives and transmits digital content and services at high speeds – was supposed to change the way we live, work and play … as well as how we learn, shop, make things, entertain ourselves, and interact with others. It was supposed to give us remote access to libraries, museums, medical care, jobs, and government – resources that are available only to people living nearby. But since that aging vision is coming slower than expected, this paper, written in May 2003, aims to revive the initiative.”
IS-2003-14: Why Intelligent Agents can reduce Energy Cost better than Building Management Systems or Human Experts
Dr. Dirk Mahling, Chief Technology Officer at WebGen Systems, Inc. wrote this paper April 17, 2002. This white paper maintains that an expert system using artificial intelligence for energy management in a building can save more money and provide more comfort than a skilled operator. These systems manage energy, dynamically based on changing data and algorithms using intelligent agents and neural networks that access numerous device parameters. The scenarios discussed highlight the major differences between knowledge-based energy management and conventional, schedule-driven energy management.
IS-2003-13: Managed Wireless LAN Services – A User Perspective
This paper, written March 7, 2003, sponsored by Bridgewater Systems and written by TeleChoice discusses business opportunities for telecommunications providers to offer management services for wireless LAN operations in manufacturing and service companies. The paper concludes, based on a survey of healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services companies, that there is a market for telecommunications companies to manage wireless LANs. The outside providers most favorably considered are ISPs and incumbent telephone companies.
IS-2003-12: A Network for Customizable + Reconfigurable Housing
This paper, written by Kent Larson, Tyson Lawrence, Thomas J. McLeish, Deva Seetharam and H. Shrikumar of MIT Media Lab, presents the initial implementation of a building network protocol consisting of three layers named Get, Set, and Go (GSG). The current housing development process discourages innovation and produces, mostly low-grade, generic commodities that cannot respond to the unique requirements of individual occupants. This paper, written in April 2003, proposes the decoupling of the base building design, approval and construction process from the customization of individual components, and to make customization practical.
IS-2003-11: The Top Ten Drivers of the Converged Home Network
Written by Mike Wolf, In-Stat/MDR, this paper describes the top ten drivers that will bring mass acceptance to the market of home networking as it evolves to a Converged Home Network. This paper, written in April 2003, focuses on broadband growth and sharing, emerging technologies, gaming, digital audio, home security and the drive for broadband services by service providers for the networking home.
IS 2003-10: CONVERGENCE: WHAT IS IT, WHAT WILL IT MEAN, AND WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
This paper was contributed by Tom Hartman, P.E., Principal, The Hartman Company and Contributing Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com. CABA would like to thank Engineered Systems and AutomatedBuildings.com for allowing us to adapt this paper from their "Controlling Convergence" article. The author discusses the significance of the trend for building control systems to be based on Internet technologies. This transforms building controls into an information technology discipline. Also, the building controls technology will migrate from proprietary hardware to software based on standards. Building control hardware may become commodities and threaten the business models of building control manufacturers.
IS 2003-09: Productivity and Energy Conservation are NOT Mutually Exclusive Objectives
This paper was contributed by David Dougan, President, EBTRON, Inc. and Len Damiano, Vice President - Sales & Marketing & National Accounts Manager, EBTRON, Inc. and Contributing Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com. HEALTH and PRODUCTIVITY are the “Two Big Carrots” that should provide more than sufficient motivation to building owners to insist on exceptional indoor environments. This paper, written in March 2003, presents quantitative justification for expenditures that improve indoor air -quality (IAQ) in office buildings. Calculations show that the cost of IAQ is less than the loss of worker productivity measured in cumulative salaries. Also, improved IAQ may reduce tenant turnover.
IS 2003-08: VOD Everywhere! Considerations in Transport Methods for Scalable VOD/SVOD Deployment
This paper, contributed by Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.written in October, 2002, discusses the issues involved with engineering a cable TV distribution network to accommodate the new “Everything-on-Demand” (EOD) model. EOD is a fairly new acronym that provides a catch-all phrase to include all video content transmissions. Existing Broadband Hybrid-Fiber Coax networks are challenged by this new model. This requires re-engineering the cable distribution network for the increased traffic.
IS 2003-07: A Vision of Green Building Economics for the Private Sector
This paper, contributed by David Gottfried, President of Worldbuild Technologies Inc. and founder of the US and World Green Building Councils and describes the economic benefits of designing a building with minimum impact on the environment as measured by the LEED Green Building Rating System. The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the LEED rating system for measuring the “Green” features of a building. The paper describes the advances of green building technologies and points out the practical steps towards a green building and how to make profit out of the use of the concept in buildings.
IS 2003-06: Integrating Security Into Intelligent Buildings
This was booklet developed by Peter Manolescue, Sales & Marketing Director, security XML Limited and published in January, 2003. It features and discusses building security systems now and in the future. The paper presents an overview of current security systems for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, and closed-circuit TV. The market structure of security system distribution and technological features are discussed. New Internet-based technology, using the XML language, is proposed for integrating security system functions with each other and with other building automation systems.
IS 2003-05: Road Map to 802.11 Services
This paper, provided by Bridgewater Systems Corporation, is subtitled as “A Business Opportunity for Service Providers on the 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network Standard”. The document discusses the current standard of 802.11 wireless Internet offerings, suggests some 802.11 business models for Service Providers, and suggests steps that will need to be taken so that Service Providers can capitalize on this market potential. This paper was prepared in January 2003.
IS 2003-04: The Continuing Evolution of the Wireless LAN Hotspots and the Banias Effect
Nick Hunn of TDK Systems discusses how Wi-Fi computer network penetration in business is limited because of security and standards concerns. Residential growth is now greater than the business market. Also, hotspots providing public Wi-Fi access are proliferating. This paper, written in November 2002, discusses how Intel’s Banias chip could change the ownership of the market and describes different revenue models for hotspots.
IS 2003-03: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: The Market Status
This paper was written by Nick Hunn of TDK Systems in March 2002, and discusses the growth of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless LANs. Mr. Hunn discusses the adoption and growth potential of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and explains discrepancies in some recent publications and projects relative growth rates based on sales of integrated chip sets and applications. He concludes that both are success stories and it is time for proponents of each to stop arguing about supremacy, but start working to turn the two respective technologies into applications for users.
IS-2003-02: ADSL2 and ADSL2+ The New ADSL Standards
This paper, written by Aware, Inc. explains the new ADSL2 Standards which provides for several improvements over the first generation ADSL Technology. Such improvements include improvement in data rate, in transmission reach, enhanced diagnostic and trouble shooting, reduced cross talk and a host of other improvements. The paper also covers the ADSL2+ Standards that are currently under development, which doubles the downstream bandwidth of the ADSL2 Standards.
IS 2003-01: Building Control Network
Communications protocols are simply a means by which different systems may communicate. They are the message formats and procedures used to transfer information, in an understandable form, from one device, or array of devices, to another. They permit products from different vendors to communicate with each other and interact to produce intelligent integrated building systems and manage and interface with these products as if the same vendor supplied them all. This paper, prepared by CABA’s Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council Building Protocol Task Group explores four of the most common protocols used today and compares a number of the parameters that “Assist the large building industry to understand the strengths and overall features of the building control communication protocols that are available for use in designing and implementing an “Intelligent Building”.