Commercial deployment of RDK on ADB platform

17TH May, 2017 – Geneva, Switzerland: ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for multimedia convergence, announces its partnership with Portuguese telecommunications and multimedia service provider, NOWO, with scope to implement the commercial launch of its TV service with ADB STB Hardware and ADB RDK Middleware.

This strategic cooperation has aim to quickly deploy a variety of new RDK based services which will vastly enhance NOWO’s offering to its customer base with innovative new features.

Ana Teixeira, NOWO’s Chief Technology Officer commented: “As part of our commitment to the ongoing improvement of our services and offer to our customer base, we are confident that we found the right partner to continue to create innovative solutions and deliver for the future. NOWO and ADB share the same vision and a mutual focus on technological innovation and we believe that this partnership will help us to achieve our goals, as we move into our next phase of business development.”

“The ADB solution adopted by NOWO is built on solid, proven technology, and met NOWO’s key requirements for the project. The ADB RDK Middleware will continue to evolve to RDK-V and will follow the future requirements of PayTV”, said Lennart Broers, SVP of Sales at ADB for Major Accounts in EMEA.

NOWO uses the innovative ADB 1750CF HD HEVC STB, providing customers with cutting edge technology and benefits, including multiple tuners, optional HDD and time-shift functionalities.

The ADB STB + RDK Middleware solution is seamlessly integrated with the multiscreen next-gen Nebula TV solution of ANDROME. This state-of-the-art end-to-end TV product is fully content driven and is providing build-in recommendation for the end-users delivering NOWO a competitive edge.  It has been received very well by NOWO’s customers after an efficient and successful commercial launch.

 

About ADB

ADB provides advanced innovative solutions for personal TV, business TV, broadband and for Internet of Things (IOT). The dynamically evolving “Connected Age” is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services, which ADB solutions address.

The company has extensive proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling operators to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers demand. ADB empowers some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Telenor, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

About NOWO

NOWO is a Portuguese private telecommunications operator, founded in 1993 and owned by APAX Partners and Fortino Capital. In 1995 it obtained the licenses to start operating, offering telephone services, internet and cable television.  Since Jan 2016 Nowo is also MVNO, offering national mobile coverage with 4G speeds.  It has hybrid fiber optic and coaxial network with more than 14,000 Km and reaches more than 900,000 homes passed.

NOWO distinguishes itself by being the challenger of the market: it openly states the existence of agreements without fidelity, and the services bundles can be personalized according to the client´s needs.

 

About ANDROME

ANDROME realizes challenging solutions for leading telecom providers. With the Nebula product portfolio Androme delivers a scalable and reliable basis for enhanced functionality both to end-users and to BSS (Business Support Systems). The Nebula architecture is built taking advantage of more than 20 years of telecom experience.  The Nebula product portfolio delivers an intuitive UI and enhanced TV functionality on top of RDK-based STBs (set-top boxes) and mobile devices bringing TV services like live TV, catch-up, start-over, nPvR, local recordings, sVoD, tVoD and fVoD to a new era. The content discovery is based on user specific recommendations, bookmarks, favorites, ads and promotions. Also upselling features are included to increase ARPU for the MSO.

 

ADB will develop new nc+ Software platforms for the coming years

Geneva, Switzerland, 11th May 2017ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for media convergence, and nc+, a leading polish satellite operator and provider of advanced multimedia services have signed an agreement to extend cooperation for the development of nc+ software platforms for the coming years.

This long-term agreement confirms ADB as key supplier for nc+ advanced platform software and services and enhances the market traction of the nc+ digital platform. Provided are various new compelling features, such as on demand video content via Internet connectivity amongst others, which will increase platform attractiveness and extend the lifecycle of the deployed STBs.

The ADB and nc+ partnership dates from 2006, when the companies jointly launched the first HD platform in Poland. Subsequently the operator has implemented extensive ADB solutions such as advanced DVR, VOD service, Multi-room, Multi-screen, OTT services, and many other advanced features. These solutions have won an array of prestigious awards at international trade fairs.

To date, ADB has provided nc+ with over 2 million STBs with advanced trend setting solutions, that enable fast and intuitive access to favorite services at the most convenient time and place for the viewer.

“Our common goal is to create innovative solutions and provide viewers with an attractive offer that brings ever better viewing experience. Thanks to our broad expertise and knowledge, ADB continues to surprise with pioneering implementations, which are ahead of the trends. Our over ten-year collaboration with nc+ brings forth outstanding projects and successes for both companies. This partnership allows creating unique and advanced products that viewers and industry specialists appreciate, “said Jacek Galik, SVP of Sales East Europe.

“Thanks to cooperation with ADB, we have been providing our customers with the latest nc+ technology platform, shaping Polish digital television market” said Jarosław Kordalewski, Vice President of the nc + Technology and IT department. “Extending our cooperation for the next few years will allow us to further develop our offer, which our current and future customers will benefit from” adds Jarosław Kordalewski.

 

 

About ADB

ADB provides advanced innovative solutions for personal TV, business TV, broadband and for Internet of Things (IOT). The dynamically evolving “Connected Age” is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services, which ADB solutions address.

The company has extensive proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling operators to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers demand. ADB empowers some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Telenor, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Telenor, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

About nc+

nc+ is a modern paid television platform, offering the most extensive range of programs in Poland. It offers over 160 carefully selected channels of the best quality, 81 of them in HD standard. At the same time it provides access to over 600 FTA channels.

Now, nc+ means also superfast LTE Internet and mobile phone technology. nc+ Internet is a unique service: Unlimited TV, which does not influence the data transfer limits when you watch television via ncplusgo.pl website or with the nc+ GO app. So, you can watch your television wherever and whenever you want, for as long as you want and on whatever screen you want!

nc+ means also the most modern technologies, including PVR (personal video recording); MULTIROOM; nc+ go TV – thousands of video and films on demand available after connection of the set top box to the Internet; the nc+ GO service that provides access to television and VOD collection at any time, place and via any mobile device (laptop, tablet or smartphone). Further, there is the CANAL+ Sport Online application that gives mobile device users access to transmissions of the most important sports events.

ADB Delivers Turn-key SD-WAN solution for SMB

With the launch of software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) largely aimed at service providers and very large enterprises, ADB has developed an industry-first solution specifically tailored for SMB and branch offices including CPE enabled for SD-WAN.

This next generation solution is fully integrated with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies and offers an end-to-end solution including all components from CPE to self-care portal.

As the first solution on the market optimized for the needs of SMB and branch office requirements, the solution offers a range of advanced features on the multi-WAN CPE, including automated provisioning that reduces the service activation times for services from weeks to minutes.

The solution provides benefits for service providers and SMB customer alike;

  • reduced capex due to software virtualization enabling standardized hardware to be used
  • reduced opex due to remote and automated provisioning saving the cost of an engineer visit to reconfigure the CPE
  • shorter activation time for new services leading to faster time to revenue for the service provider and improved customer satisfaction

ADB’s solution provides operators with an effective method of deploying a complete and fully integrated end-to-end solution for multi-site customers. By using an overlay network approach, operators can deliver the most cost-effective customer premise equipment (CPE) for branch offices, along with the capability to effectively manage the entire network using a single architecture and advanced software toolset.

Through this support, operators can begin the migration of selected capabilities to the Cloud – resulting in improved flexibility and lower costs, while futureproofing the next generation of broadband services.

To find out more come and see us at MWC on stand 3.E11.

 

 

About ADB

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative solutions for personal and business TV and Internet of Things (IOT). We understand how the Connected Age is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services.

Our Connected Solutions bring together our proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling our customer’s to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers crave. We know what success looks like because we are empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom, Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

Give Guests the Gift of Better Communication in 2017 with Direct TV Messaging Via vuTyme by ADB

  • Hoteliers can message an individual guest, a group of guests, all guests,
    or even guests at different hotels in a multi-property environment, like a theme park
  • Front desk staff type messages that scroll across the top of the TV in large font and in real time to grab guests’ attention

shutterstock_52937728December 7, 2016 — Denver, Colo. — A recent study asked travelers what they expect from a hotel’s In-Room Entertainment (IRE) experience. Their answer wasn’t surprising. Travelers said they expect the interactive TV platform to provide them with the types of information they want to know, and they want information delivered directly to them that they need to know relevant to their stay. In today’s instant-information age, that seems like a pretty reasonable expectation. That’s why ADB built in-room messaging into its new cloud-based IRE platform, vuTyme. While there are several dedicated messaging systems on the market, few (if any) of the IRE providers are enabling hoteliers to use the TV for direct-to-guest messaging.

The “2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study” revealed that “Guest Messaging” is an emerging technology that guests find especially important in impacting their stay. In particular, the survey explored guest perceptions about feedback on service requests and the ability for a meeting planner to send targeted messages to their group members only. Respondents overwhelmingly said they want to be contacted. The preferred contact medium, especially for Millennials, was the hotel room TV.

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“Guests have a variety of information needs during their stay,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. “Sure, there is probably a dedicated TV channel allocated for folio review and a list of hotel services, but it requires guests to search for it and then extract the information that is relevant to them in that moment. Having a dedicated channel is good, but offering a direct messaging platform via the in-room TV is far better. Via vuTyme, front desk staff can message a guest individually, a group of guests, all guests, or even guests staying at 20 different properties within the same enterprise or theme park.

“In a dynamic hotel environment, things are always changing,” he said. “Perhaps management needs to add a last-minute food and beverage special to recoup dwindling sales, maybe seats just opened up for a previously sold-out entertainment venue, or the shuttle bus just broke down and guests with prior transportation reservations will now need to take a taxi to the airport instead. vuTyme enables front desk staff to type a personalized message to one guest or a generalized message to all guests that scrolls across the top of the TV in real time and in a large font to grab their attention. In this way, the hotel is giving guests exactly what they asked for: information that they want to know and need to know relevant to their stay.”

Consider these scenarios:

  • The hotel pool will be closed from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for routine maintenance. A guest would prefer to learn of the closing on their in-room TV prior to changing clothes and walking down to the pool.
  • There is an annual meeting at your convention hotel that spans the entire property. A guest rather learn that the Opening General Session has moved from Ballroom A on the north side of the facility to Ballroom D on the south side of the facility before she shows up with just minutes to spare.
  • A guest is waiting for an important package to arrive. Instead of calling the front desk repeatedly to inquire on the delivery status, he would prefer to see a message pop up on the TV while readying for the day.

With vuTyme by ADB, front desk staff upload the message and they also control the frequency for all configurable text. For example, communication can be set to scroll every two minutes and display for 30 seconds or in any time intervals they select.

“Hotels that are not driving guest messaging to the in-room TV are doing the industry a disservice,” Dinallo said. “vuTyme was designed to integrate all service that today’s travelers demand into one system.”

vuTyme+byadb_onwhite_cmykvuTyme is a 4th generation end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution for hotels. It delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more. vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service.

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 200,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350-strong engineering team.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

Got TVs? Get Digital Signage Via vuTyme by ADB

  • Available at a low cost and with little on-premises equipment needed, the vuTyme Digital Signage option turns a static display monitor into a digital content campaign manager
  • Hoteliers create and post own content for added flexibility and cost control

December 2, 2016 — Denver, Colo. — Whoever said Digital Signage implementation is costly and complicated never experienced the option now available through vuTyme by ADB. As part of this popular cloud-based In-Room Entertainment solution, hoteliers can turn any hotel TV into a content display without processing fees or involving a third party to manage it for them.

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“Unlike a dedicated digital signage system that costs thousands of dollars, ADB is now offering the service as an option within vuTyme,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. “As a modular system, vuTyme enables hoteliers to create their own digital signage campaigns. This content is created using a cloud-based management system, shared through the TV’s compact set-back box (discretely mounted behind the TV), and stored in vuTyme’s library. This gives hoteliers the flexibility to switch any TV from guest use to digital signage as needed. For example, use a TV in the breakfast area to promote the day’s meetings and events, then switch it back to guest-use mid-day and change it again to promote bar or restaurant specials in the evening. This is done using a simple web-portal. With vuTyme Digital Signage (DS), there is no need  for expensive displays, and it makes the TV more valuable throughout the day.”

vuTyme+byadb_onwhite_cmykvuTyme is a 4th generation end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution for hotels.  It delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more.

ds2The vuTyme DS option can be used to dedicate one or more set-back boxes to cycle through promotional or informational pictures. Uploaded on premises, staff can specify the date, time duration of display, and the amount of time between pictures. The vuTyme DS can also be enabled by property, by specific area in a hotel (such as lobby or bar), by specific rooms (meeting rooms or guestrooms), or even by specific boxes across a property. DS boxes will not be able to tune to video or other vuTyme services until the DS mode has been changed for the specific boxes to full vuTyme services.

“vuTyme DS is limited only by one’s imagination,” Dinallo said. “Our customers commonly use it to showcase restaurant menus, hotel services, property maps, meeting and event locations, safety information, advertisements, and more. When the monitor is not being used for in-house promotions, some hotels have opted to display digital artwork that complements the environment.”

Benefits of the vuTyme Digital Signage system include:

  • Low cost: It comes with vuTyme; no dedicated equipment is needed
  • Flexible: hoteliers can enable/disable on any given vuTyme TV
  • No dependencies: hoteliers can create their own content
  • Simple content generation: PowerPoint and Images suffice

“vuTyme DS is the basic content-creation and display service that the majority of hoteliers are requesting today,” Dinallo said. “It’s simple. . . It’s flexible. . . and more importantly, it’s affordable. What vuTyme DS is not, is interactive.”

vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service.

 

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 200,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350-strong engineering team.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

ADB helps Multimedia Polska deliver enhanced TV services with user-friendly Personal TV solution

  • Catch-up TV service allows subscribers to watch selected programs previously broadcast
  • Network PVR functionality allows recording any program without local storage
  • Timeshift functionality enables subscribers to stop, resume, and rewind watched channels, and even restart an in-progress broadcast

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 November 2016 – ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for media convergence, has today announced that Multimedia Polska, a cable operator in Poland, has chosen ADB’s Personal TV software platform to enhance its pay-TV offering. ADB’s Personal TV solution offers a variety of next-generation features within an innovative, intuitive and user-friendly interface. Multimedia Polska S.A. provides radio, television, internet and telephony via cable TV and telecommunication services in Poland, serving 900,000 subscribers.

The implementation of the award winning Personal TV solution will enable Multimedia Polska to launch several new features, including a catch-up TV service that allows subscribers to later watch selected programs that were previously broadcast, or to record any program using personal video recorder (nPVR) functionality. The upgrade also delivers timeshift services, allowing subscribers to stop, resume, rewind and also start over a program already in progress.

This new functionality is enabled and enriched thanks to the redesign of the pay-TV user interface and electronic programming guide (EPG), which includes an enhanced system of personalised recommendations that recognizes viewers’ preferences and suggests content suited to their needs based on availability, timing and context.

Bartlomiej Kasinski, Director of Strategy and Development Division, Multimedia Polska, comments: “Our partnership with ADB will allow  us  to enrich our offering with new functionalities that will enable the delivery of a range of very interesting and innovative digital television services to our subscribers. With ADB’s Personal TV solution, we have a truly extendable platform that will literally change the way our subscribers watch TV.”

The ADB Personal TV platform offers a feature-rich client device and backend software suite, which provides a fully personalized, intuitive and viewer-friendly user experience – enabling quick and easy customer engagement based on individual preferences. The next-generation suite is a standards-based platform, which offers several key features that empower pay-TV operators to dramatically improve content delivery.

Multimedia Polska and ADB have worked together since 2007, initially with the implementation of HD decoders and management systems – allowing Multimedia Polska to become only the second operator in Europe to implement an HDTV with VOD service. Over intervening years, ADB has helped Multimedia Polska deliver many successful projects, including an enhanced VOD service, cardless signal security system and an interactive application enabling viewers to participate in programs through voting.

Jacek Galik, Senior Vice President Sales for ADB, notes: “We are extremely pleased that Multimedia Polska has once again chosen an ADB solution to support a new and pioneering offering to its customers. This underlines the fact that we are not only a trusted partner, but also a recognised innovator across the digital TV industry. ADB’s knowledge and years of experience ensures that operators are able to provide cutting-edge services and, ultimately, an attractive offering with the modern features that today’s consumers demand.”

The ADB Personal TV solution is built on 20 years of continuous technological development for cable, satellite, IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) service providers.

The first deployment of ADB’s solution for Multimedia Polska is due to launch in Q2 2017.

 

About ADB

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative solutions for personal and business TV and Internet of Things (IOT). We understand how the Connected Age is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services.

Our Connected Solutions bring together our proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling our customer’s to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers crave. We know what success looks like because we are empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom, Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

ADB joins the prpl Foundation to drive innovation in the connected devices market

  • ADB joins the open source software organisation to bring carrier-grade software to gateways for the connected devices industry 
  • New partnership enables The prpl Foundation to benefit from ADB’s proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts

November 15, 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland – ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for media convergence, has today announced that it has joined the prpl Foundation, an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit organisation, committed to supporting the next-generation connected devices industry. ADB and the prpl Foundation will work together with the open-source software community in order to build carrier-grade features into home gateways, and drive innovation across the connected devices market.

“We’re really excited to have ADB on board as a new member of the prpl Foundation. Working with industry leaders such as ADB means we can continue to pursue new and innovative projects across our portfolio,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “ADB is a great addition to our existing member base, and will help us drive our ground-breaking work that can help to evolve today’s connected devices – making them more open, interoperable and secure.”

The prpl Foundation has a strong focus on enabling next-generation datacentre-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, with a specific emphasis on data centres, networking & storage, connected consumers and embedded IoT. As a new member, ADB will be a key participant in a newly formed Carrier Interest Group, which has the charter to ensure that the technical needs of major international carriers are represented across prpl and that potential carrier grade features are defined for key open source implementations, such as OpenWrt.

“We’re thrilled to be able to actively contribute to the great work the prpl Foundation is already doing, and combine this with our strong experience across both broadband and IoT,” said Corrado Rocca, EVP Product Management and Development at ADB.

“Working alongside other leading companies to create connected solutions in an open and collaborative environment will help us to push the boundaries of our industry even further, and guide the next stage of evolution of connected devices.”

 

About ADB

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative solutions for personal and business TV and Internet of Things (IOT). We understand how the Connected Age is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services.

Our Connected Solutions bring together our proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling our customers to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers crave. We know what success looks like because we are empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

About prpl

prpl (pronounced “Purple”), is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture – and open to others – with a focus on enabling next-generation data center-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT. See: www.prplfoundation.org.

Budgeting for Better In-Room Entertainment in 2017? vuTyme Delivers What Guests Want and Hoteliers Need

  • Guests want an in-room TV viewing experience equal to or better than home PLUS Over The Top services like Screencasting that lets them plug in their own devices or screencast content directly to the in-room TV
  • Hoteliers need an IRE solution that is simple to install and quick to manage, features current content and capabilities, and can be made personal with branded content and interfaces

November 4, 2016 – Broomfield, Colo. – Hoteliers knee deep in budget season need to keep In-Room Entertainment top of mind for 2017. Recent studies show that guests want a better interactive TV experience while hoteliers want one that is more cost effective. vuTyme by ADB delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG); Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting content from a guests own device to the TV; and the ability to pause, rewind, fast-forward and record live TV using its patented DVR-Lite™ technology.

Consider these 2016 findings:

  • A recent study released by the GBTA Foundation (the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association) shows that business travelers in the U.S. and Canada want technology amenities that “most hotels do not currently offer.” When asked “Which new hotel technologies are business travelers most interested in,” 34% said “offering streaming services (ie. Netflix and HBO Go) on guest televisions.”
  • The 2016 Lodging Technology Study reports that 56% of hoteliers are planning to invest in guestroom technology upgrades in 2016/2017. Ninety-five percent said they either use, plan to upgrade or plan to add HD television content in 2016/2017. IPTV / Smart TV was among the Top 10 new technology roll outs.
  • According to the 2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study, 73% of Millennials consider TV “Very Important.” Currently, 62.1% of Millennials, 52.2% of Gen X and 17.2% of Boomers are using their own devices to stream media while at the hotel. Guests PREFER to watch streaming media via the hotel room TV.

vuTyme+byadb_onwhite_cmykADB has the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment. With 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems installed around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want.  This, combined with recent research, gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment.

 

vuTyme provides Guests with:

  • 200+ HD channels, a Searchable IPG, thousands of FREE Video on Demand titles and a Pay-per-view offering.
  • Easy access to their personal accounts and content via OTT applications and Screencasting via vuCaster™.
  • Access to folio review and check out; hotel amenities and local information; news, weather and sports programming; service requests.
  • Meetings information and group agendas via a digital signage for in rooms and public spaces.
  • Social media connections, inputting housekeeping or maintenance service requests and receiving hotel/group messaging direct to the in-room TV.

 

vuTyme provides Hoteliers with:

  • A robust and stable PMS Interface (including Oracle).
  • A dedicated branded channel.
  • An eco-system of content services enabling guests to get what they want.
  • Unbounding the limits of what TV can do.
  • An IRE system that is continually enhanced via intelligent Cloud Management.

 

Get Screencasting via vuCaster

vuCasterHoteliers with screencasting on their 2017 IRE technology wish list, ADB last month released a complementary solution called vuCaster (Google Cast™ built-in) that augments vuTyme by allowing users to “cast” their personalised programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen. Guests can also stream their personal photos, videos, and music to the TV through vuCaster, while at the same time freeing up their mobile device for other activities.

“Before finalizing 2017 capital budgets, hoteliers need to understand that interactive TV content – or lack thereof – has a direct impact on guest satisfaction and loyalty,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. “If hotels are not offering the level of in-room entertainment services that guests want – especially Millennials – they will go elsewhere, period. vuTyme gives guests everything they want, but at a price-point and with the simplicity and branded content and interfaces that every hotelier requires. Don’t just renew your existing agreement without first taking a look at vuTyme.”

vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service. vuTyme requires no capital expenditure and hotel head-end equipment – just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV.

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About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience.

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 200,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350-strong engineering team.

ADB to showcase innovative solutions for a truly interactive hotel TV experience at HTNG 2016

  • HTNG Barcelona 2016 sees debut of the newly launched vuCaster, which augments ADB’s vuTyme managed services hotel iTV solution
  • On-booth demos highlight how vuTyme and vuCaster cost-effectively enhance the in-room viewing experience for guests
  • ADB shares revelations from its latest research into what hoteliers and guests see as important in today’s in-room entertainment system

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 October 2016 – ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for media convergence, has today announced that it is showcasing a variety of innovative solutions that provide a truly interactive hotel TV experience at the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Conference in Barcelona.

At HTNG Barcelona, which is taking place from October 25-27, ADB is providing live demos of its end-to-end interactive hotel TV solution, vuTyme, and vuCaster, a complementary solution that enables guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices. ADB is also able to discuss the results of its “2016 In-Room Entertainment Preferences Study”, which contains the sometimes-contrasting views of both hoteliers and guests.

vuTyme and vuCaster: enabling the next-generation in-room viewing experience

 The event sees the launch of vuCaster, which augments vuTyme by allowing users to ‘cast’ their personalised programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen. It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations.

vuCaster addresses several challenges facing hoteliers by:

  • permitting guests to easily switch between vuCaster and other vuTyme TV features;
  • providing quick activation without requiring guests to enter their OTT account credentials into a foreign device;
  • and allowing streaming from the hotel’s WiFi network.

vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand (VoD), Pay-Per-View, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also offers Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG) and Over-the-Top (OTT) services, along with direct-through-TV messaging and other guest-friendly features. vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment – just a discretely mounted set-back box.

In-Room Entertainment Preferences Study: gauging the marketplace

At HTNG Barcelona, ADB is also be able discuss its latest research, which explores what hoteliers and guests see as important in an in-room entertainment system. The “2016 In-Room Entertainment Preferences Study” contains several eye-opening conclusions, including the fact that hoteliers consider several IRE services to be more important than guests do.

The research provides clear insight into whether or not a hotel TV experience should mirror what guests have at home, whether they prefer to view their own content, how they prefer to consumer their own content, and what they expect to find in hotel rooms in the future.

Top line findings include:

  • Hoteliers tend to place a higher value on services such as Interactive Program Guides, OTT, VOD, and screencasting compared to guests
  • Varying age groups prioritise in-room services differently, with 73% of millennials considering the TV experience “very important” compared to 54% of older guests
  • Guests prefer a home-like TV experience in the room and to stream their own content
  • 62% of millennials, 52% of Gen X guests and 17% of baby boomers use their own devices to stream media while staying at a hotel.

Chris Dinallo, ADB’s Senior Vice-President of Business TV, comments: “Both vuTyme and vuCaster build on 20 years of ADB offering the best and most useful interactive features for our customers. We’re really looking forward to HTNG, as it gives us the opportunity to showcase our longstanding experience in developing TV technology and understanding viewer behaviour. Plus, the research we are sharing at and ahead of the show clearly indicates what both guests and hoteliers deem to be important. Our aim is to deploy the next generation of interactive TV for the hotel environment and meet the needs of both groups.”

For more information about vuTyme and vuCaster, or to book an appointment at the show, please contact sales@adbglobal.com

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality and Healthcare TV and guest experience platform demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with offices throughout Europe and North America, ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 200,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands. We are deployed in more than 2,500 hotels and hospitals in the US.

ADB ioCentro enables breakthrough smart connectivity for home appliance manufacturers

  • Cloud-based Internet of Things solution allows companies to more rapidly bring cutting-edge products and services to market, while reducing cost and complexity
  • Enables proactive appliance fault diagnostics, automated self-help, remote control, and efficient warranty and after-sales service delivery
  • Empowers manufacturers to improve life cycle management and gain insights into end-user behaviour to guide future product and service development

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 October 2016 – ADB, a leading provider of solutions for media and broadband convergence, today announced the public launch of its cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) service, ioCentro, which enables proactive troubleshooting, consumer self-help and more efficient after-sales service – all while reducing costs and complexity.

Available as an end-to-end smart connectivity platform, ioCentro combines hardware with customised services and support designed specifically to aid major appliance manufacturers in establishing closer ongoing relationships with their customers. ADB has already begun to deploy ioCentro with leading home appliance brands, including Whirlpool, Bauknecht and Indesit, and is publicly debuting the platform at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona October 25-27.

ioCentro is built on ADB’s 20-plus years’ of innovation in connectivity hardware, software and data integration. The company has deployed more than 100 million connected devices worldwide, including 30 million broadband gateways.

The cloud-based solution offers an effective and scalable approach for collecting, managing and analysing appliance data across millions of products worldwide. Hardware connectivity modules enable Wi-Fi connectivity and the flow of sensor data – with products 80% preconfigured to speed deployment. As a result, global manufacturers can create connected appliances and bring them to market quickly, without having to become IoT experts themselves.

IoCentro’s cloud configuration also allows appliance makers to easily and swiftly retrofit existing designs to offer new IoT connectivity, thus avoiding costs related to creating and managing bespoke IT environments.

Peter Balchin, ADB’s Chief Executive Officer, comments: “ioCentro empowers manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art, IoT-enabled appliances while eliminating a lot of the pain. With our strong track record of successfully deploying connected devices for telecommunications providers, hoteliers and pay-TV operators across the world, ADB has the connectivity expertise necessary to enable clients to quickly deliver real-world IoT benefits without the uncertainty and risk associated with developing the technology in-house.”

ADB’s ioCentro provides tangible benefits for appliance makers, including:

  • Automated diagnostics and analysis, enabling manufacturers to troubleshoot and offer consumers self-help systems that identify faults and provide solutions for minor issues – plus, vendors can fix configuration issues and enable firmware updates remotely, avoiding expensive engineer visits
  • Innovative remote control and device status mobile apps, empowering customers to exercise more control over each appliance while tracking useful statistics such as power consumption and current activity status
  • Industry standard data exchange, allowing manufacturers to feed data into existing service management systems to improve service delivery while reducing warranty management costs
  • Aggregation of Big Data statistics around large-scale appliance usage, offering insights manufacturers can employ to guide future product design, user interfaces and after-sale service strategies

Balchin notes: “ADB offers a one-stop-shop for IoT capability. We can engineer, develop and operate the connectivity infrastructure necessary to develop new appliances or remake existing products to help manufacturers build positive customer relationships, improve life cycle management, gain insights into end-user behaviour and enable new business models.”

ioCentro is purpose built for the connected appliance market. More than four years of development have gone into ioCentro, creating a seamless IoT solution with a robust roadmap to help futureproof an organization’s investment in IoT. Deployment on state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure ensures that ioCentro has the latest security, horizontal scalability, high availability, compliance with data privacy regulations, and protection against denial-of-service attacks.

To learn more, contact sales@adbglobal.com
or go to www.adbglobal.com/solutions/business-iot

 

About ADB

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative solutions for personal and business TV, broadband and Internet of Things (IOT). We understand how the Connected Age is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Our Connected Solutions bring together our proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling our customers to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers crave. We know what success looks like because we are empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electronic, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom, Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 600 people, including a 350 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com