LONDON Independent testing laboratory, KTL, has partnered with the local council, industry and the media to create the Digital Home Showcase (DHS) at its facilities in Hull.
The DHS is based on ADSL2plus communications systems and has been conceived as a practical means of showing how – in the near future – families will be able to benefit from broadband-based health, education, commerce and security programmes as well as vastly increased entertainment choices.
KTL is involved with the testing of interoperability issues surrounding ADSL and ADSL2plus, and is a member of the DSL Forum, with KTL’s Steve Kingdom acting as both president of the DSL Forum and KTL’s project lead for the DHS project.
Hull has had broadband interactive TV for six years and has also hosted a digital learning project at Kingswood School.
Data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic, says over 10 million new subscribers chose DSL for broadband services in the first quarter of 2005. DSL is the world’s most popular broadband technology, with an estimated 115 million subscribers worldwide.
ADSL2plus runs at up to 24Mbit/s – three times faster than standard ADSL. It guarantees the bandwidth necessary to deliver services such as remote medical monitoring and home learning which have been too demanding to deliver in the past as part of bundled triple play services.
KTL says that visitors to kitchen, lounge, home office, and teenager’s bedroom within the Digital Home Showcase should see benefits which include doctors being able to monitor patients remotely in their own environment; CCTV systems, alarms, sensors and locks being centrally controlled; and the latest films, music, being shared around the home.
The Digital Home Showcase is a joint project between Hull City Council and KTL. Support and sponsorship is coming from major international companies including Aethra, BBC, Bose, Cisco, Crestron, The DSL Forum, Ericsson, Kitchen Aid, LEAX, NetGear, Omega, Thomson and Whirlpool. Many companies local to Hull, including ACM, Azzurri, Blacklight, Brighthouse Designs, Bright Ideas, Fine Interiors, Friendly Office Solutions, Kingston Communications and M2 Exhibitions & Interiors, Thistle, are also lending their support.
Steve Kingdom, KTL Global Business Manager, shows Secretatry of State of Trade and Industry and local MP the Rt Hon Alan Johnson the educational benefits of ADSL2plus in the Digital Home Showcase.”