Allseen Alliance and OCF Merger will Benefit both Developers and Users


by Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE, ARRIS

In the world of IoT, there can be confusing options for protocols. Today’s announcement of the merger of OCF and the AllSeen Alliance marks a great leap forward in simplifying the options for both developers and consumers alike. With a single OCF solution that combines the best of IoTivity and AllJoyn – and the expert workforce behind them – there is now a rich open source option available for developers to build devices that will truly interoperate and work together.

This solution offers both a consistent and singular onboarding experience with the ability for developers to also add support of other relevant solutions – such as Thread, ZigBee and Bluetooth – through plug-ins. A rich feature set for both onboarding and security capability, coupled with a set of supported cloud protocols that range from residential, smart city and M2M industrial applications make the OCF option a compelling choice for developers and users. Now with the ability to create a single aggregation home hub point for connecting to the best-in-class smart devices, the home will be decluttered from multiple hubs for different proprietary solutions; this will provide a common application platform for the top-notch devices to continue to thrive.

The ARRIS IOT enabled TG346x class of Wireless AP and IoT Hub solutions will allow a single device to support both Wi-Fi®, 802.15.4 and BT devices using an IoTivity platform supporting Thread, ZigBee and BLE. This is the kind of simple and home-friendly ergonomic solution that users are looking for and can support through OCF/IoTivity platform onboarding multi-protocol device solutions – giving the user choice in end smart device through a single point of communication to the device and cloud.

Want to hear more? Join us at Broadband World Forum, next week in London when Ian Wheelock, ARRIS Engineering Fellow will present on “Leveraging current and future gateway devices to unify the disaggregated smart home dilemma” (Tuesday 18th October @ 16.45).

Our New Leadership Team

We recently completed our acquisition of Pace —positioning ARRIS as a global leader in our industry with an unmatched body of talent.

Today, we’d like to welcome the Pace leadership team to our ranks, where we’ll leverage their expertise to bring our vision of the future to new markets.

At the executive level, Bob Stanzione will continue on as Chairman and CEO of ARRIS, along with Dave Potts as EVP and CFO. Larry Margolis will lead integration of the combined organization as EVP of Corporate Strategy & Administration. Larry Robinson and Bruce McClelland will continue to serve as President of their respective business units, which will maintain their current structure: CPE and Network & Cloud and Global Services. Ron Coppock will lead our new, dedicated international sales organization and continue to lead marketing, as President of International Sales and Global Marketing. Tim O’Loughlin from Pace will bring his sales expertise and relationships to his new role as President, North American Sales. Jim Brennan will continue as SVP of Supply Chain and Quality, Patrick Macken as SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, and Vicki Brewster as SVP of Human Resources. Finally, Pace’s Phil Baldock will serve as ARRIS’s new SVP, CIO.

We expect many members of the Pace senior management team to take on leadership positions at ARRIS—a testament to Pace CEO Mike Pulli’s work in creating one of the industry’s leading talent organizations and one that matches ARRIS’s culture of success.

“The people of ARRIS represent the future of our company,” said Bob Stanzione. “Today, we have the industry’s leading talent under one roof. And in the coming months, we’ll begin to leverage the full potential of our combined expertise—broadening our global footprint, tapping into new markets, catalyzing innovation, and transforming entertainment and communications for millions of people around the world.”

Video Interview with ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione: Pace Acquisition

As you’ve probably heard, ARRIS just acquired Pace.

It’s a big deal. It’s going to transform our industry and affect the way that millions of people watch TV and connect to the Internet and to each other.

We thought the news might leave you with some questions, so we went straight to Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS, for answers to the biggest ones on people’s minds.

Check out our video interview with Bob, below, and hear why we acquired Pace, what it means for ARRIS today, and how that’s changing the way our company is preparing for the future.

Another step in the eco-friendly direction

We’ve said it before and it is worth saying it again — when it comes to energy efficiency, less iscea_logo more. As a global leader in products responsible for broadband and TV entertainment delivery into homes everywhere, we also never lose sight of how we can play a significant role in energy conservation.

That’s why we’re thrilled to join forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to improve energy efficiency of small network equipment by 10-20 percent. ARRIS broadband modems, routers and gateways will be core to this commitment.

And this agreement builds into our previously stated focus on minimizing energy use. We’ve long been committed to minimizing our global carbon footprint and energy use through environmentally responsible business operations. And of course, we’ve shown how we factor this way of thinking into our product innovations. Back in 2013, we voluntarily agreed to reduce the energy usage of our set-top devices along with today’s partners – CEA and NCTA – as well as the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and other industry associations and energy advocates.

Today is yet another step in our commitment to minimize our products’ impact on the environment. And we have no plans to slow down!

ARRIS Mourns The Loss of Ralph Roberts

“Comcast’s founder Ralph Roberts exemplified true leadership and vision throughout his life. He was a pioneer in the cable industry, who built one of America’s greatest companies and brought services that enriched our lives. We send our deepest condolences to the Roberts family. He will be truly missed,” states Bob Stanzione, ARRIS CEO.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Digital TV

Today is the 25th anniversary of Digital TV. It’s a day we all should celebrate because everything we like about TV—Netflix, TiVo, streaming video, 4K, and more—wouldn’t exist without the invention of digital TV.

Twenty-five years ago, a pioneering team of designers and engineers (in a group that’s now part of ARRIS) proposed the first all-digital TV system to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. This proposal and invention gave way to modern TV.

Every time you stream a movie, record a show, pause live TV, or binge view an entire season’s worth of TV in a day—you’re enjoying the evolution of TV that was made possible by their invention.

Today, ARRIS is celebrating the 25th anniversary of digital TV at our offices in San Diego, where it was invented, with five members of the original design team. They’ll join us for an exciting panel that will review their impact on modern TV and explore its future.

We’re looking forward to hosting our esteemed guests: Dr. Jerry Heller, Dr. Woo Paik, Dr. Paul Moroney, Bob Rast, and Marc Tayer!

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