RDK software now in 60 million devices with cameras coming soon
The latest figures from the annual RDK spring update show that RDK software now powers more than 60 million devices deployed by service providers globally, up from 50 million at this time last year.
RDK broadband software has branched to cover DOCSIS, DSL, and GPON gateways, though it remains more prevalent in the cable sector from which it originates. Despite the presence of Vodafone, now a convergent operator thanks to its HFC assets, RDK has struggled to shake off its cable-centric image.
Currently, the deployment of this software can be found predominantly in North America and Europe by the large Tier 1 operators, including Liberty Global and Vodafone. Others in Europe include Melita, MEO, NOS, NOWO, SFR, Tele Columbus and Ziggo. Elsewhere there are rollouts by Chile’s VTR, Megacable in Mexico and Japan’s J:Com.
The number of devices that RDK are on is set to increase as the RDK group notes that “dozens” of service providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are additionally in various stages of evaluation, testing, trials, or deployment.
Suppliers including Altice Labs, CommScope, Humax, Sagemcom, and Technicolor are enabling operators to deploy RDK across their various broadband networks, including fully integrated RDK Video Accelerator IP set-top boxes.
The overall RDK community has over 430 company members, who make code contributions and download RDK software components more than seven million times per month.
Thanks to Metrological (now owned by Comcast), which offers a pre-integrated app store solution, the new RDK App Framework enables operators to develop and manage apps more easily.
Device provisioning, data diagnostics reporting, and telemetry are consistent across all RDK software profiles, enabling service providers to manage video, broadband, and, soon, cameras in a uniform way.
Over the past year, the RDK community has been working hard to develop open-source software for connected cameras, which is expected to be made available in the coming weeks, and potentially provide a new avenue of growth for operators.
This software profile will enable standard methods to support live video feeds, continuous video recording, motion detection, and watermarking. Sercomm, a supplier of IoT solutions, will offer RDK software on their IP-connected cameras, becoming the first in the market to bring RDK-powered cameras to operators globally.
Source: CSI Magazine