You’ve invented the next big Internet of Things (IoT) tech to help make consumers’ lives better, healthier, or more efficient. Now comes the next step – integrating your device into the IoT ecosystem. But, how can you make sure it can talk to all the other IoT devices and is secure?
Kyrio can help. A subsidiary of CableLabs, a global cable industry consortium, Kyrio is here to help creators of devices merge their latest tech into the IoT as seamlessly as possible.
To that end, Kyrio provides four main services designed to enable enterprises, equipment manufacturers, and network communications providers accelerate the process of getting their own services and products to market: Security, Wireless Services, Testing Services, and Online Services.
Kyrio’s facilities are designed to help companies right from the embryo stage on up. Our labs, located in Louisville, Colorado, are used for R&D, evaluation, and certification.
The Kyrio staff – which has 150 years in combined experience in network, interoperability, testing, and certification – is also quite happy to travel in order to help with certification, debugging or other challenges you might face along the way.
CES 2017 – The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) January 5-8
So what does that have to do with the OCF? Kyrio is an Authorized Test Lab (ATL) for the OCF. We perform testing for OCF certification. That, combined with the experience above, provides a lot of firepower to your connectivity arsenal. But how do you make the most of it? What do you need? How much will it cost? How does it fit into your product development plan?
Meet tester and engineer Matt Forbes. Matt has worked for nearly two decades as a test engineer. Prior to that, he worked in a test lab for AT&T Broadband as an assistant manager. Now, he’s part of our wireless testing services at Kyrio with a CWNA wireless certification.
Matt will be at the Kyrio kiosk in the OCF booth (40930) at the Sands Convention Center at the Venetian Hotel. We sat down with Matt to talk a little about the upcoming CES conference and talk testing.
Who should be coming to see you at OCF?
Matt: Anybody and everybody who has the next big product for the Internet of Things. The whole mandate of the Open Connectivity Foundation is to make sure that every one of the estimated 25 billion IoT devices, can work with one another. Consumers get frustrated enough just having to use more than one remote for their television; imagine having that multiplied by every device you use in your life. Enabling products from different manufacturers to operate together gives more variety and versatility for the consumer. This increase in value for the consumer increases the market for the manufacturer.
Why should they specifically talk to you and Kyrio?
We know what we are doing. We have been involved with the OCF at all levels, from being a member of the board to working on various specifications to development of the certification test tool and ultimately certification testing. We are the company that you want to partner with if you want your product to be able to talk to the rest of the world without any issues. It means I am the person that will manage the development of your product, and I will lead testing of your product for certification. As an OCF Certification Expert, I have been trained and intimately involved with the certification process. I will be personally involved in all aspects of the development of your product.
So someone has a new product they want to test; what steps can they expect?
It really depends on the type of device of course. But generally speaking, we can dive in right at the development stage. We can help with debugging and help the company prep their widget for certification while it’s still in development. Of course, the earlier we’re invited into the process, the more headaches we can help them avoid.
We also help your tech get certified. There are all sorts of wrinkles that can come between a company and their tech release; there might be interoperability issues, or maybe the company won’t understand the errors that result from using the Certification Test Tool. We’ll help the company diagnose the errors and we can recommend solutions.
Security of course is one of the biggest issues involved with IoT. You don’t want to set up your home for automation only to have it easily hacked by someone outside your front door with an iPad and a couple of months of hacking experience. If you can’t brag about your device’s security features in your marketing, then you’re probably going to struggle selling it. So we help you get set up with proper security functions right out of the gate, so you don’t have to patch them in later.
And Kyrio is the best solution for enterprises and entrepreneurs to get their IoT tech ready for the market?
I’m not a salesperson, but if you are looking for technical expertise, experience, and a secure professional environment, then we have it all. For the certification-minded, Kyrio has an ISO 17025 and a CTIA certification for our Wireless Lab. We’re working on extending the ISO 17025 to our OCF Certification Lab. We’re also working on an NVLAP accreditation for “Common Criteria Testing.” We have the best minds in the business when it comes to testing DOCSIS, PacketCable, OpenCable, DPoE, and Wireless.
What all of that means is we don’t just rubber-stamp our testing and certification work. We have a very systemized workflow that we apply to our partners’ projects. And it works. We’ve never had a certified device recalled for anything related to our testing procedures. These days that says a lot.
What industries should approach you?
Anyone who wants proper development and certification of their products. We’ve worked with the communications, energy, industrial, and health fields, as well as individual companies looking to find their way into the IoT industry.
And finally, what do you have going on at the OCF booth this year? What can people expect?
We are located in the OCF booth in the IoT Smart Home Marketplace. We’d be happy to have anybody just drop by to introduce themselves and their ideas or devices, or to check out some of the demos we’ll be running that show off our work on IoT interoperability.
If someone is looking to actually get to work on their product we can book a time for a meeting, and we’ll take a good hard look at where they’re at and how we can help them accelerate their product into the IoT market.
And if you can’t quite make it to our booth, you can always contact us. We’d be more than happy to set up a meeting for some point during the convention or afterwards at your convenience.