This page provides a topical index to guest articles published in our newsletter. Articles are listed below ordered by date of the newsletter they appeared in--newest to oldest.
I Can Listen To Your Phone Calls: A Guest Article by Jeremy Bennett (BBHR 9/30/2008)
Broadband connected devices are great for users--and for vandals and thieves. As our networks have expanded to include devices in our pockets and on our walls, security risks have crept into countless aspects of our personal lives. Our guest author, Jeremy Bennett, challenges vendors to think about security before attackers do. He illustrates the dangers by providing links to sites like the Car Whisperer, which allows attackers to eavesdrop on conversations or inject fake traffic announcements into your car.
Ultrawideband and the Unwired Home: A Guest Article by Billy Brackenridge (BBHR 12/13/2006)
Ultra wideband chip companies believe that UWB will play an increasingly important role over time. We invited Billy Brackenridge of Staccato Communications to share his views of where UWB is going.
Billy Brackenridge is a product system architect at Staccato Communications, where he helps customers build innovative products using Staccato’s Ripcord™ family of products, a single-chip, all-CMOS solution based on Certified Wireless USB. Earlier in his career, Billy helped pioneer multimedia at the Voyager Company in Santa Monica developing CD-ROM and laser disc interactive titles, and then worked as a program manager in the operating systems group at Microsoft where he worked on USB, audio and Bluetooth.
Update from Europe: A Guest Article by Lynne and Henry Heilbrunn (BBHR 11/5/2006)
Lynne and Henry Heilbrunn recently returned to the U.S. after three months traveling through Austria, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Italy. We invited them to share with our readers what has changed for the broadband traveler over the four years since their last visit.
Henry Heilbrunn is the founder of InterActive Directions, providing strategic management consulting services and interim executive placement in the U.S. and in Europe. Henry and Broadband Home publisher Dave Waks collaborated on home information services in the 1980s and 1990s while at CBS and Prodigy, an early online service owned by CBS, IBM and Sears.
Currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Henry led German students at the University of Leipzig in 2006 to dream about new ways to communicate in the next 5 to 20 years. His wife, Lynne, is busily using her broadband connections wherever they are to determine their next itinerary in Asia.
Networked Digital TV: A Guest Article by Keri Waters (BBHR 9/9/2006)
Consumers keep wishing for new electronics to be simpler and more usable, but technology seems to make more things possible only by adding more boxes, wires and complexity. Digital media adapters make it possible to listen to music and to view photos and videos on home theater systems, but add yet more boxes to the home. Keri Waters of Micronas tells why, as analog starts going off the air and new TVs must contain a digital tuner and digital video decoder, it makes increasing sense to incorporate the DMAs into TVs to create networked digital TV sets. The result may be more complex for the manufacturer but promises to be simpler for the end user.
Keri Waters is Director, Strategic Marketing of Micronas USA. Ms. Waters is responsible for software strategy across the entire product line, including features for development in-house, as well as all relationships with software partners. She brings over 10 years of experience in engineering, sales and marketing. She previously held positions at Molino Networks, Area Systems and Cisco Systems. Ms. Waters holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fiber To Every Home In Reykjavik: A Guest Article by Hjalmar Gislason (BBHR 12/14/2003)
Reykjavik Energy has ambitious plans: to connect every home in its area with a fiber connection. The results of their initial trial in 100 homes were shared last month at the Digital Reykjavik conference. In this guest article, a conference organizer says that if the rollout goes forward, Iceland will be "a living laboratory for broadband" delivered to a whole society.
Hjalmar Gislason works as an independent IT consultant and was one of the organizers of the Digital Reykjavik conference, working for fiber-consultancy company Industria. He has founded two software companies and worked as a product manager on computer games, multimedia products and mobile phone applications. Working as a free-lance journalist, he has been covering IT, science and technology since 1997.
Spain Plugs Into Broadband: A Guest Article by Antonio Gomez (BBHR 11/16/2003)
Spanish electric utilities, together with the telecommunications operators in which they are stockholders, have started rolling out services based on Power Line Communications, to provide a serious alternative for broadband. The regulatory commission granted licenses to Spain's three main electric companies to offer voice and data services over their grids, and determined the companies must offer service to at least 40% of their customers prior to October, 2005. Our guest author sees PLC's role as both a competitively-priced broadband alternative and as a new driver in the digitalization of the country.
Antonio Gomez joined Tecnocom in 2001 as Managing Director for the Broadband Technologies Business Unit. He worked with IBM from 1982 to 1993 in the Development, Product Management and Technical Support groups in Spain, France, the Netherlands and the USA. In 1993 he joined Cisco Systems Europe as Technical Consultant, in 1998 he became General Manager for Cisco's Services Division for Spain, Portugal and Africa and in 2000 he became Operations Director for Cisco Systems’ EMEA Services Division for Emerging Service Providers. Antonio holds a BSEE from Rotterdam University.
During our June visit to Spain, Telefónica showed us their "Hogar Digital" and their trial of home-based health services in operation today with actual patients. This guest article provides an overview of the project’s goals and its conclusions to date.
Ana Altadill Arregui, Víctor Manuel García Muñoz, Miriam Ibáñez Lequerica, Jose María Montero Cebrián, Ana María Ruiz Blanco and Jesús Felipe Lobo Poyo are all with Telefónica's Engineering and Development (TID) organization. See the "Author Biographies" page.
Celeria: Wireless Access To Cable Networks: A Guest Article by Inés Vidal Castiñeira (BBHR 8/21/2003)
During our recent visit to Spain, we heard about Euskaltel’s Celeria Project. We invited Inés Vidal Castiñeira to share with you the Technology Department’s approach to providing triple-play services to low population density areas. Although Euskaltel already had a fiber ring infrastructure from which they reached end users with HFC and twisted pair, this approach was not cost effective for serving small municipalities. Instead, they developed a wireless approach to deliver digital video, cable modem and voice services to these customers.
Inés Vidal Castiñeira, Manager, Wireless Access for Broadband Services in Cable Networks, has been involved in and managing new services projects within the Technology Department. She has also been deeply involved with regional, national and international engineering and development projects. Inés graduated as a Telecommunications Engineer from the Bilbao Industrial and Telecommunications Engineering College, specializing in Telematics. She also participated in IAESTE, a student technical exchange program, during which she worked in Poland and Austria.
Repurposing Broadband: Home Health Technologies for the Worldwide Age Wave: A Guest Article by Eric Dishman (BBHR 7/15/2003)
While Intel was studying broadband early adopters and their uses of digital entertainment, they found many participants who wanted Intel to address a different and more troubling problem: the pressures of dealing with health problems of their spouses and parents kept bubbling to the surface. Eric Dishman reports on Intel's progress in understanding what needs home health innovations should address and their experience in prototyping “smart home” systems to help address them. In early 2004, these systems will move from the lab and into the lives of real elders and their caregivers.
Eric Dishman, Manager, Proactive Health Research at Intel, has been leading innovative field research and driving collaboration with other stakeholders to focus on information technologies that can help everyday people be more proactive about their health and that of their loved ones. He is the Chair of the Center for Aging Services Technologies, a cross-industry R&D partnership sponsored by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
Energy Management - "Broadband Without Internet": A Guest Article by Mark Francisco (BBHR 5/14/2003)
Mark Francisco writes about Comcast's ongoing trial of energy management services in collaboration with the electrical utility. This is an example of a “Broadband without Internet” application which requires a persistent broadband connection but does not require high speed or other features associated with the Internet.
As Director Engineering Home Services, Comcast New Media Development, Mark Francisco has been leading an engineering team centered on using the best of Comcast's data, telephony and video resources to seamlessly provide additional services to their customers. He currently serves on the CableHome Certification Board. Previously, he led the systems integration of CDMA Cellular Phones for Motorola and developed microwave communications hardware for satellites.
South Korea*: Living Laboratory for Broadband: A Guest Article by Nancy Goguen (BBHR 1/21/2003)
South Korea has been a broadband success story, hitting 67% household penetration in 2002 and outpacing other countries around the globe. The critical mass of consumers using broadband in Korea provides a living laboratory in which to observe the factors (including population density, pricing, applications, competition and government policy) contributing to its explosive broadband growth. Nancy visited South Korea in November to learn about how users got hooked on the broadband experience and the early role Internet cafes played in making broadband applications fashionable and fun.
Nancy Goguen is responsible for Broadband Strategic Marketing at Texas Instruments and serves on several advisory boards. Previously, she was Vice President, Marketing, Telogy Networks. Before joining Telogy Networks (acquired by TI in 1999), she held several positions at Lucent Technologies including VP, GSM Offer and Business Management, Swindon, England.
Wireless Home Entertainment – Stuck In A Traffic Jam?: A Guest Article by Bill Rose (BBHR 12/17/2002)
Entertainment networks require on-time delivery of data packets. Wi-Fi networks use an Ethernet-based MAC layer without QoS guarantees. Networks such as IEEE 802.15.3, HiperLAN2 and Magis Networks’ AIR5™ present an alternative by using a TDMA MAC layer that guarantees QoS for entertainment networks. This guest article compares the two approaches.
Bill Rose is President of WJR Consulting Inc., providing product and business development services to the home networking industry. A frequent speaker at industry events, Bill also chairs the Consumer Electronics Association’s Home Networking Committee and the Technology and Standards Council, is a board member of the Home Networking and IT (HNIT) Division, and sits on several corporate Technology Advisory Boards.
Competing Digital TV Transport Paradigms: A Guest Article by John R. Pickens, PhD (BBHR 11/24/2002)
The battle over evolution of TV transport (aka transmission) technology is just beginning. This guest article describes what is changing in end-to-end distribution of TV to the home and within the home, with a prognosis for the ultimate success of IP in transporting video services.
Dr. John Pickens is Chief Technical Officer at Com21, serves on several advisory boards, is a frequent industry speaker and was a major contributor to the PacketCable standard.