Designing Smarter Gateways for the Internet of Everything

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This webcast outlines the challenges associated with designing the gateway and scaling the home network to meet the needs of the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Over 80% of U.S. broadband households own a home network router, approximately two-thirds have an Internet-connected CE device (such as a smart TV, Blu-ray player, streaming media device, game console, or DVR), and 16% own at least one smart home device (such as a smart thermostat, door locks, or lighting).

Gateways are essential to connecting all these devices to the cloud and to one another.

As the number of products grows, the gateway capabilities are adapting to meet increasing demands. However, all of these devices have different network requirements, and today’s gateways treat them the same.

Tomorrow's gateways must be able to meet the needs of each device while ensuring the best possible network performance. They will also include tools to help consumers take advantage of new cloud-based services to manage their home, simplifying such tasks as parental controls, data and device sharing, and data security and backups.

  • The evolution of the home gateway: features and new capabilities and the limitations of today's gateways
  • Adoption of home networks and connected devices and the challenges of the connected home
  • Steps to create a common framework for app developers
  • Ways to build and offer a compelling user experience
  • Strategies to prepare your home network solution for the Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • How network data can create value for the consumer, the service provider, and the device manufacturer
  • Five things changing in the home network

Todd Antes, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates


Todd Antes, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Todd Antes - Qualcomm - Parks Associates webcast

Todd Antes joined Qualcomm in 2011, following the acquisition of Atheros. Todd is the vice president of product management for the Wired/Wireless Infrastructure Networking business unit. He has extensive experience and has held several senior management roles in the wireless semiconductor and cellular industries, Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Antes held various senior marketing and product management roles at Philips Semiconductor, including Director of Marketing for the company's wireless LAN, Bluetooth, ultrawideband, and cellular chipset businesses. He was also a member of the founding executive team of AirPrime, a 3G/cellular data products company acquired by Sierra Wireless in 2003.

Mr. Antes holds Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Santa Clara University.

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Parks Associates - Tom Kerber

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

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