Big Data firm Guavus apparently has some big plans involving the Reference Design Kit, the preintegrated software stack for IP-capable set-tops and gateways that’s being managed by Comcast, Liberty Global and Time Warner Cable.
Guavus said it has joined a large group of companies to license to RDK, noting that it will use that to bring its data analytics apps and capabilities to the platform, which, for example, is already a key component of Comcast’s X1 platform as well as devices that run the “new” Contour, a platform being rolled out by Cox Communications that is underpinned by X1.
Guavus said its analytics products can help partners improve operations, service assurance and customer care, and believes its involvement in RDK can play a role in accelerating the product cycle.
“One of the key benefits of RDK is the volume of CPE performance data that can be gathered from the field,” Steve Heeb, president and GM of RDK Management, said in a statement. “By collecting and analyzing this data, operators can quicken the pace for targeted product releases. We are very pleased to welcome Guavus to the RDK Community.”
“Customer experience is fast becoming the most important end product for operators,” added Gabriele Di Piazza, SVP products and marketing for Guavus. “The role of collaborative and cross functional decision making enabled by real-time analytics aligns with the fundamental goal in the RDK community, which is to deliver an agile infrastructure for delivering next-gen products at web speed.”
Guavus joins a group of more than 250 companies that have licensed the RDK, spanning set-top makers, chipmakers, software developers, system integrators and network operators.