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KTL – Digital Home Showcase to focus on social benefits of technology

Digital Home Showcase to focus on social benefits of technology

Leading test house partners with council and industry;

BBC, Cisco, Ericsson, NetGear, Thomson, amongst important sponsors

HULL (June 17th 2005) — Although there have been other demonstrations of the use of digital communications technology in a home environment, KTL – the independent testing laboratory which has partnered with the local council, industry and the media to create the Digital Home Showcase (DHS) at its facilities in Hull — believes that this is the first time an effort has been made to focus on social benefits rather than merely presenting a new way of delivering entertainment. Officially opened today, 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 a natural choice as technology partner for the DHS programme. The company is a leader in testing interoperability issues surrounding ADSL and ADSL2plus, and is a key 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. More, the company is based in Hull which has a reputation for pioneering new technology — the city was the first to enjoy broadband interactive TV – which the city has enjoyed for six years – and hosted a digital learning project at Kingswood School. Also the company has close relationships with many equipment vendors which use KTL’s various test services — many of whom are also partners in the DHS project.

DSL is emerging as the communications technology of choice for home, business, government and many other uses. According to the latest data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic, 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. The DSL Forum facilitates DSL’s global dominance by advancing technical developments, such as its next generation DSL network architecture specifications and new work launched for VDSL2 specification support.

Comments Steve Kingdom: “New 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. More, many of the interoperability issues which have dogged previous generation systems have been eliminated, delivering a very robust technology.

“DSL Forum Technical Reports and guidelines for home gateways and equipment interoperability have paved the way for this innovative showcase of the very real benefits of a digital home within a digital community”

Visitors to the state-of-the-art kitchen, lounge, home office, and teenager’s bedroom — all contained within the Digital Home Showcase – are able to experience lifestyle benefits including:

Health: – Doctors will be able to monitor patients remotely in their own environment
Education: – Students will have access to the world’s knowledge and expert tuition
Security: – CCTV systems, alarms, sensors and locks can be centrally controlled
Entertainment: – Latest films, music, and games can all be shared around the home
Comfort: – Temperature, air quality, lights etc can be optimised
Shopping: – Day to day household items can be purchased automatically and delivered to your door: one off purchases can be made in the relaxed surroundings of your own home with no high-pressure salespeople.

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.

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About KTL –
KTL, a world leader in testing, certification and approvals, was established in 1985 and has gained an enviable reputation for the expertise, high quality of service and flexible way in which it provides a “Route to Market” for customers worldwide. This ensures that customers have full access to their chosen markets in a cost effective way and with minimal delay.

Operating from internationally accredited facilities in both Europe and North America services cover all aspects of telecoms, DSL, safety, EMC, radio, approvals, NEBS and environmental testing. These are fully supported by a compliance management group, which enables product access to markets globally. In addition to test and compliance management services we also offer a full range of training courses which are technology specific and focus on regulatory and design issues in Telecoms, EMC and Product Safety. Details of courses can be found on our web site.

Marcus Brain
Marketing Manager
Phone: +44 (0) 1482 801 801

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