The Broadband Forum's TR-69 protocol may have initially came to prominence in the telco network to monitor and resolve problems on the DSL network, but it is finding new utility in the emerging smart home concept.
According to a new report from Ovum, over 80 percent see the protocol as playing a significant role in their smart home strategies. In particular, the TR-69 standard will play a key role in delivering Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M services such as security and energy management.
The research firm has forecast that the number of TR-069 enabled devices in use to pass 356 million by the end of next year and service providers highlighted it as a key weapon in their smart home strategy.
A number of these devices, which be available in the retail market, will include more features and interface types than traditionally seen in the communications and entertainment segments. The top companies viewed by those surveyed as being most influential in defining and enabling Smart Home services were Google, Apple and Samsung, followed by the operators.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Broadband Forum and Ovum said that the smart home is partially being made possible and will coincide with the development of SDN and NFV technologies. The Forum is now facilitating and enabling all the Broadband Forum's software activities, with specific emphasis on TR-069, YANG data modeling for FTTdp, and SDN/NFV.
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