The Viiv Push Is On [7:48 pm]
Lots of stuff from CES, but I thought this was a notable news item: Intel Enlists Channel for Home Automation Bid
Home automation is a growing market segment that has caught the interest of channel companies in the last couple of years. Many VARs and integrators formerly focused on businesses have been breaking into the emerging market, installing and servicing everything from flat-panel TVs and audio systems to computerized heating and alarm systems.
Intel is working with manufacturers such as MovieLink, Adobe Systems Inc., Napster and TiVo, to develop Viiv-verified applications and services compatible with the system. Channel partners will be integral in delivering custom configured packages of services and components, Intel executives said.
The technology presents a new opportunity for VARs now doing integration work in the corporate and government space. Intel is calling on its VARs and integrators to drive adoption of the technology, the company said.
[...] The technology has applications in both home entertainment centers and corporate media centers and conference rooms, and [Ace Digital Home's John] Samborski expects many VARs to be enticed by the potential crossover.
“A lot of people may get into this at first for the business aspect and then figure they’ll do a couple of homes to pick up some extra business,” he said.
“I’d like to see businesses adopt it for their use. There is a tremendous demand out there for all of these functions in an office setting. Businesses want more than just a conference room, they want corporate media centers.”