Some of the best advances in telecommunications have been born as a side effect of networks built for other purposes. Perhaps the most brilliant example from the past is text messaging. In 1984, engineers developed [...]
Since 2016, PILOT has presented its annual Innovation Challenge, offering awards to teams who best answer specific challenge questions. We’ve taken a slightly different approach this year in response to the pandemic’s impact on remote [...]
Many conversational artificial intelligence (AI) bots have been successfully deployed, and they are becoming quite common. Nearly everyone today has used or at least heard of Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri, for example. There are [...]
Next Gen TV (or ATSC 3) was designed to be flexible, extensible and future-proof with a plethora of new capabilities, including 4K, HDR and immersive audio. But what is exciting to me is the middleware [...]
On May 12, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report on the 2019 Emergency Alert System (EAS) nationwide test. On August 7, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, conducted a [...]
“Innovation” is a simple word with quite a few definitions. Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “a new idea, method or device.” That definition, while simple and accurate, doesn’t seem to capture the implications behind the word. Saying “innovation” in just about any conversation focuses thoughts on new technology and creative thinking.
At least one aspect of the introduction of ATSC 3.0 requires consumers to constantly take notice of the technology, just to be able to continue watching over-the-air TV. “Where did my TV channels go?” is a question that consumers should not have to ask in the days of the latest smart TVs.