Cost-Effective Thin-Client Device Provides Simple and Secure Cloud-based Administration of Sensors, Surveillance and Smart Devices
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 20, 2012— Clear2there LLC, a leading provider of advanced video surveillance, smart-home and smart-business, communications, and M2M solutions for service providers and enterprises, announced the release of its new Viewbiquity Edge Gateway, further expanding its robust smart-home and smart-business portfolio. By incorporating the Edge Gateway into their solution offerings, service providers can easily deploy cost-effective and lucrative value-added services across their subscriber base. “Some of the biggest challenges facing service providers that are looking to offer smart-home, smart-business, and smart-farm services are the costs of acquiring and maintaining on-premise equipment,” notes Craig Steen, president and chief executive officer of Clear2there. “The Viewbiquity Edge Gateway is a simple, self-configuring device that replaces the expensive and often complex application server and gateway that are commonly used in many other connected-home and -business solutions. Its thin-client architecture allows the service provider to maintain system software and remotely push upgrades to every gateway and device on the network without necessitating a truck roll.”
Clear2there’s smart-home and smart-business portfolio for service providers incorporates a number of turnkey customer premise bundles, Cloud- and Central Office-based application service platforms, and the award winning Viewbiquity Cloud Application Suite, resulting in customizable service offerings that allows providers to offer Cloud- and Central Office-based smart-home and –business services that increase revenue, enhance customer service and improve profitability.
The Edge Gateway is a highly-efficient and low-cost device that serves as a secure control point for sensors and other smart-devices deployed at a premise. It is pre-configured to automatically and securely connect to the application server in the Cloud or at the Central Office, based on the service provider’s configuration choice. The gateway simply plugs into the local area network (LAN) or broadband router, and the onboard intelligence takes over. All of the application software and intelligence is in the Cloud and Central Office, and devices can be accessed, configured, queried, and managed using a simple web-based dashboard.
The Edge Gateway provides full access to all wired and wireless smart devices including sensors, thermostats, locks, and lighting controls from the application server without compromising the security of the LAN or the service provider’s network. The highly flexible gateway supports a number of access devices, including Z-wave controllers, serial adapters, and USB hubs to provide connectivity to the broad range of technologies that may be deployed at a site. The gateway also includes the capacity to access and control video surveillance solutions for enabling streaming and archiving video content.
“Security and privacy are an important issue for individuals, businesses and service providers that are looking to take advantage of smart technologies,” noted Tom Shafron, chief executive officer of Viewbiquity, developer of the Viewbiquity Cloud Application Suite and leading M2M solutions. “The Edge Gateway is designed to ensure that private information is protected by using state-of-the-art security. Aside from advanced encryption and tunneling technologies, it also incorporates a unique firewall that isolates all sensors and devices from the local data network to prevent unauthorized access to or from the LAN. And, because of the simplicity of the device itself, the deployment cost is very attractive.”
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