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Needs of the Equipment Designers and Manufacturers

networks, and digital broadcast satellite passes 94 million US households with high bandwidth MPEG digital television. These companies need a common flexible platform in each household that will enable them to compete more effectively by offering more, differentiated services. Examples include high bandwidth access to the Internet and private networks, video telephony, and two-way interactivity.

  • Service providers need the ability to offer more services to consumers.

  • Service providers need a low-cost flexible package that allows upgradeability for new services into the future.

  • Service providers need an agreed-upon standard so that manufacturers will be able to lower costs with economics of scale.

  • Service providers need more cost-effective ways to service and manage the emerging digital consumer networks.

"In-home" networks are also growing, especially in new construction. Security, audio, appliance automation, HVAC, and data/LAN networks are getting more attention. Three "home- bus" standards compete for leadership: X-10, CEBus, and LonWorks. These need to be integrated with each other, to offer new and differentiated intelligent home management services. The integration of "to-the-home" networks with "in-home" networks is where opportunity is abundant for innovation and differentiation.

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