RT-RK at CES 2015 – The technology pillars for connected everything

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Novi Sad, Serbia – December 08, 2014 - At the 2015 CES Show, RT-RK, a market leading hardware and software design house of consumer electronics, communications and multimedia products, will present a showcase focused on technology grounds for connection and control of uniquely identifiable embedded devices within local and the existing Internet infrastructure.

"With 2014 quickly coming to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to invite all our valued partners to CES 2015 for demonstration of our business offers.", said Nikola Teslic CTO RT-RK. "Connection and availability in their broadest sense are at the core of what we are presenting. To offer mature, commercial, field proven technology on which things connect and can be controlled, is what our customers are asking for. We will give them the opportunity to accelerate, design, brand, deploy, and augment on remote automation. To me, the philosophy is the same, whether we talk about remote STB testing, configuration and monitoring, or the things at home we need to be in control of anywhere, anytime."

At CES 2015 RT-RK offers:

To OEMs of home automation products for licensing - Technology:

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  • White label technology for the nodes based on ZigBee, with a Bluetooth Low Energy solution, and Z-wave and 868 MHz standard solutions coming up in 2015.
  • OBLO Home Manager software as the basis for any-type gateway supporting a wide range of commercially available clients (sensors, actuators), easy-to-install Linux libraries providing interfacing of the nodes with mobile/tablet devices inside the home, as well as connection to the Internet.
  • INSIGHT as the technology providing cloud–based IoT services, from basic functions such as account management, over remote access via the Internet e.g. mobile application, to complex intelligence algorithms and analytics of big-data mining executing on servers.
  • Applications for mobile phones/tablets for iOS and ANDROID with the basic function of access to the nodes via OBLO Home Manager in the local network and over the Internet.

To retailers and providers of own home automation systems - Products:

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  • A whole palette of smart nodes: switches, outlets, and smart plugins, remotely controlled.
  • Scene controllers.

To OEMs and operators in DTV business – Products and services:

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  • INSIGHT remote device configuration and monitoring. INSIGHT system provides with the power to remotely configure, upgrade firmware, diagnose issues and monitor vital parameters of hybrid devices, such as modern Set-Top Boxes and TV sets. Device manufacturers, vendors and service operators have the ability to browse, search for, monitor and configure deployed devices or device groups via a convenient web access portal.
  • BBT line for testing of Digital TV, Set-Top Boxes, Blu-ray players, and other multimedia devices. We offer services of manual and automatic testing, and product series for automatic testing. We provide testing to scale to improve throughput, meet release deadlines and improve the reliability of products.

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RT-RK – Supplier of the Internet of Things (IoT)

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Novi Sad, Serbia - November 19, 2014 - Founded as a strong real-time software and embedded solutions R&D company, RT-RK embarked on the home automation years ago. The main route of knowledge acquisition: provision of design services for world-known customers and development of own product portfolio, has had the company mastered enterprise and web technologies, communication protocols, and embedded development. Projects for customers such as: smart starter, innovative sensors, home automation node, smart TLD control, turn-key remote management solution, and solar powered smart road marker - deployed and field proven - have assured the company’s home/industrial automation direction and given rise to development and branding of own IP home automation technology. The flexible and scalable technology to build home automation solutions is codenamed OBLO.

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From a stand-alone home automation system including smart retrofit nodes and remote controllers, via local network mode including: home automation nodes, gateway products, and applications for home automation clients, OBLO has evolved to a cloud-based end-to-end solution.

Today RT-RK offers four big building blocks forthe IoT domain licensing:

  • Solutions for the nodes based on ZigBee, with a Bluetooth Low Energy solution to be demonstrated at CES 2015, and Z-wave and 868 MHz standard solutions upcoming in 2015
  • OBLO Home Manager software as the basis for any-type gateway supporting a wide range of commercially available clients (sensors, actuators), easy-to-install Linux libraries providing interfacing of the nodes with mobile/tablet devices inside the home, as well as connection to the Internet
  • INSIGHT as the technology providing cloud–based IoT services, from basic functions such as account management, over remote access via the Internet e.g. mobile application, to complex intelligence algorithms and analytics of big-data mining executing on servers
  • Applications for mobile phones/tablets for iOS and ANDROID with the basic function of access to the nodes via OBLO Home Manager in the local network and over the Internet. A special attention has been put into UI development to make the applications simple and intuitive to use.

Steady growth of OBLO sales with ALING-CONEL

ALING-CONEL is a local manufacturer and retail supplier of OBLO smart home products: smart dimmers, smart outlets, remote and scene controllers. The biggest in the region, it scores sale of 2K smart OBLO nodes in 2014, with more new products announced. Following the demand of the market, the new products will include: smart plug, battery operated scene controller, and IP shutter. The smart plug is a moveable OBLO node that makes any classic outlet a smart one, with the features of power consumption monitoring and appliance power control. The scene controllers set lighting constellation of the home to a predefined lighting scene: lights on/off and required light dimming levels.

ALING-CONEL supplies big retailers such as Promont and Elektromanija in Belgrade, Elnos in Belgrade and Banjaluka, Elsatrade in Sarajevo, Centrum Trade in Banjaluka, Elektroelement in Novi Sad, Nis, and Skopje, and AMI Company and Halogen in Novi Sad. Via ALING-CONEL companies with own home automatization solutions such as Control4 get supplied with OBLO intelligent products.

Not state-of-the-art but a new stage of the technology

OBLO Smart City

Connected, smart, power consuming appliances and the technology thereof is not state-of-the-art but a whole new technology stage. As energy saving awareness arises globally it opens a whole new scope of potential usage of OBLO technology based solutions. So-called Smart City is one of the favorite projects of computer engineers. The aim is to solve the myriad of everyday problems of urban living with the help of cost-effective intelligence.

 

At the VDE Kongress 2014 RT-RK presented a novel approach for street lighting automation, with the primary goal to decrease the level of light pollution and electric energy waste. The concept enables the street lights, RF enabled, to be automatically switched on or off triggered by a presence of humans or moving vehicles.

One problem with the model networked city: The more things spark through the area, the more often it comes to interference. OBLO takes the benefit of the fact: Radio frequency (RF) enabled light nodes create a sensible radio network, where the absorption by molecular resonance of an object of detection is a major factor affecting the radio propagation. OBLO solutions exploit the known fact that the object of detection interferes with radio signals within the established radio network. Introduced irregularities in the radio propagation pattern, expressed in a form of received signal strength indicator's (RSSI) variations, point to a possible presence of the object. Analyzed irregularities are distributed locally and each streetlight node makes an automatic selection of the functional state accordingly, e.g. switches the light on/off depending on the detected presence, eliminating the need for a centralized controller as in the case of smart home systems. The algorithm is optimized to execute in real time even at low processing power systems', almost immediately, when the object appears passing, illuminating the street, then turning the light off or dimming down when the moving object has no longer been detected.

RT-RK in Banjaluka officially opened – a big step towards expansion in the region

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At a gala ceremony which took place yesterday, on September 25th, attended by members of the board of the University of Banjaluka, representatives of the Ministry of Science of Republika Srpska, and representatives of major companies in the region, RT-RK Institute department in Banjaluka is officially opened.

In his opening speech, Prof. Emeritus and Head of RT-RK Vladimir Kovačević, emphasized the main goals of Banjaluka center which are education of undergraduate and postgraduate students according to industry needs, and provision of high quality teaching staff and infrastructure for the ETF (Faculty of Electrical Sciences in Banjaluka) curriculum. Prof. Kovačević likewise talked about history and creation of the Institute, its roots originating from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, as well as the way of growth in difficult times, business development on the international market, and the need for expansion in the region.
Dean of the ETF Banja Luka - Prof. Dr. Branko Dokić stressed that the arrival of RT-RK at ETF Banjaluka made 2014 a big milestone and momentum of academic and industry development in Republika Srpska.

Continuing the opening ceremony CTO of the Institute RT-RK Prof. Nikola Teslić explained the current operations of the company and goals for the future in more details. Banjaluka department currently employs 20 engineers, with a plan for growth of up to 150-200 employees by the end of 2018. RT-RK in Banja Luka will be mainly involved in operations related with the automotive industry. At the end of his speech he thanked the academic community and especially Dean Dokić, Vice Dean Blanuša and Đurić, and Prof. Brđanin for their great support from the idea through to effectuation of the cooperation.

To the colleagues in Banjaluka, we wish a successful start and to feel part of the RT-RK company, which they indeed are.

 

RT-RK to boost DVB-T/T2 performances in Vidmind’s V2 OTT/DTT STB

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Novi Sad, Serbia - September 13, 2014 - RT-RK, an embedded software development company with special expertise in video broadcasting and DVB-T software today announced that it has been selected by Vidmind, a leading supplier of OTT/DTT solutions for Pay-TV operators, to support the V2 STB development and optimize its DVB-T/T2 performance according to the ETSI TS 101 154 standards. A flexible RT-RK middleware team has already delivered the first releases of the supporting software.

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Vidmind selected RT-RK for this project due to its vast experience in DTT solutions and its ability to test DVB-T quality according to the highest industry standards. The new V2 STB now performs with demanding excellence. The know-how of RT-RK on DVB-T/T2 including vast experience in an Android environment generates a short learning curve of the Vidmind application and ensures a smooth collaboration of Vidmind and the RT-RK engineers.
Besides the development, RT-RK’s responsibility is functional verification of DVB-T stack functionality. The engagement of RT-RK’s QA engineers on the product verification contributes to a stable and reliable high end product.

“We are determined to perfect our DVB-T/T2 performances,” said Dror Kraus, COO at Vidmind “With RT-RK expertise and testing capabilities on DVB-T software we managed to deliver a very high level of quality in a short time.”

“We are pleased to have partnered with Vidmind to capitalize on our DVB-T and Android knowledge,” said Giora Golan VP Business Development RT-RK. “Our in-depth knowledge of the DVB-T/T2 standards, experience with numerous stacks and broadcasting in an Android environment have ensured a prime solution. Having seen both teams working enthusiastically and hand in glove, I’m already looking forward to the foreseen continued collaboration of the two companies.”

About Vidmind

Vidmind’s platform lets service providers, from Telcos through broadcasters and retailers, launch a fully featured next generation TV service, available on TVs, tablets, smartphones and more.  
With Vidmind’s open Cloud-TV platform, operators, broadcasters and retailers can rapidly introduce an OTT TV or VOD service, and monetize a world of entertainment at minimal risk. The Vidmind Cloud TV technology levels the TV playing field for everyone, offering consumers more choice and operators – a business model that makes sense.
Vidmind was founded by video streaming and TV app veterans and is privately held. For more information, visit vidmind.com.

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RT-RK joins the Frog by Wyplay Program; selected by Wyplay as an engineering scaling partner

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Novi Sad, Serbia - September 12, 2014 - RT-RK, an embedded software development and service provider company specialized in digital TV today announced that it has joined the Frog Initiative and has been selected as an engineering scaling partner by Wyplay, creator of software solutions for leading pay-TV operators.

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Launched early 2014, Frog is a shared-source initiative built around Wyplay’s software solutions. Already chosen by Canal+ and new operators to be announced soon, Frog by Wyplay counts now more than 60 partners and is becoming a worldwide digital TV standard.

“We are really pleased to welcome RT-RK in the Frog Program. Their reputation of a reliable partner in complete development, customization, and integration services for broadcast/broadband STBs and hybrid gateways will bring significant value to the whole community,” said Jacques Bourgninaud, Wyplay CEO. “On the other hand, we entered into an agreement with RT-RK to subcontract some of our services developments.”

Indeed, RT-RK’s digital TV offer includes services throughout the entire Set-Top Box development - from platform selection, through BSP customization of major chipset vendors, middleware (DVB, IPTV) integration featuring: HbbTV, MHEG, PVR, CI Plus including DLNA, HTML and Java application level, through to mass production optimization and elaborated purchasing chain.

“We are excited to cooperate with Wyplay who has amazing successful track records into the digital TV eco-system” said Nikola Teslić CTO RT-RK. “They recognize our expertise, potential, infrastructure, and synergy with the partner in delivery of high quality products. Having worked with major chipset vendors and middleware solutions, our services make the core of our digital TV dealings now. I’m positive that both the Frog community and RT-RK will benefit from this partnership.”

About Wyplay

Independent and internationally recognized, Wyplay develops open, modular and innovative software solutions for IPTV, cable, satellite and terrestrial TV operators and broadcasters around the world. Wyplay technology enables operators to select, configure and easily deploy solutions with  the market’s richest pre-configured modular solutions including electronic program guide, zapper, video recorder,  media-center, home-connectivity, social TV, HTML5, Android, OTT platform, multi-screen, multi-room, … Wyplay’s Service Offering allows operators to deploy solutions based on their specific product strategy and market needs. Wyplay is a strategic partner for such leading brands as SFR, Vodafone, Belgacom and now Canal+. To learn more about Wyplay’s set-top box, multi-screen and OTT solutions, please visit www.wyplay.com and http://frogbywyplay.com/.

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Ongoing with Vestel – BBT for the leading European OEM's increasing product quality

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Novi Sad, Serbia - September 5, 2014 - This spring RT-RK celebrated 5 years since VESTEL, the largest TV producer in Europe has been supported by RT-RK's automated digital TV testing solutions, codenamed BBT (black box testing).

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Began in 2009, integration and customization of BBT components for VESTEL comprised

  • RT-AV300 – a grabber device,
  • RT-EXECUTOR - a sophisticated tool for control, development, and execution of tests, and
  • RT-INTENT - a test management and test execution software intended to assist quality assurance throughout the project lifetime.

Today the VESTEL customized test solution named VESTA supports the entire DTV product life cycle, from marketing through to development, production and qualification, superseding VESTEL's human testing labor of 600 man/days monthly.

"Quality of our products is essential to us. We scale globally to meet market demand for our products, achieve ongoing quality assurance, improve responsiveness, and accelerate turnaround times. VESTA allows us to rapidly create and execute tests for our TV software, resulting in increased productivity and quality of our products“, said Murat Sarpel, General Manager, Corporate R&D VESTEL.

"We are very pleased that we have earned trust of VESTEL, the leading European OEM. Our partnership is a valuable confirmation of quality of our testing solutions that we insist on in the emerging DTV technology. BBT makes it possible for development and QA to keep pace. It enables testing to scale to improve throughput, meet release deadlines and improve the reliability of products“, said Nikola Teslić CTO RT-RK.

About VESTEL

The largest TV producer in Europe and the third largest in the world, Vestel has earned its position as a global market leader, consistently building upon its reputation for delivering manufacturing excellence. Highly acclaimed across multiple sectors, the Vestel Group is renowned for its expertise in manufacturing, technology development and marketing as well as in the development and distribution of consumer electronics, professional display, mobile technologies and household appliances. For more information, visit Vestel.com.

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Meet us in Amsterdam – RAI: Hall 5, Booth B32

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DTV software and system integration services

From platform selection, through BSP customization of major SoC vendors, middleware (IPTV, DVB) featuring: HbbTV, MHEG, PVR, CI Plus including DLNA, to HTML and Java application level, RT-RK offers complete development, customization, and integration services for connected, content protected, broadcast and broadband STB and hybrid gateways on Linux and Android. System software development, middleware customization, all about Android, and CAS integration is what we do with uncontested competence.

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UI/UX development

Needing a unique TV user experience running on the platform with demanding excellence? We offer UX/UI development service of a sharp and agile team consisting of experienced graphic designers, UI/UX experts for 10-foot user interfaces, and senior software developers with DTV SoC and middleware expertise. From concept design based on use cases and key requirements, user journeys, storyboards and workflow diagrams, through to implementation in Native GUI, HTML5, and Java/Android, on top of major SoC (Broadcom, Marvell, Qualcomm, ST), we provide original, fast, clean-look, platform-optimized GUI solutions on Linux, Android and Real-Time OS.

View one of our concept designs for high-end receivers.

TV/STB Testing services

Increase throughput, meet release deadlines, and improve the reliability of services with our Testing Centre. We offer functional and stress testing from an early beginning of a TV/STB project. Using our web based, end-to-end test management solution Intent+ request continuous or on-demand testing, integrate with the bug tracking system you use, pay per run, track the execution in run-time, and receive test results anytime. Your project is stored on our secured test servers for a potential follow-up.

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Smart home technology

It's time to think about moving smart home control to a cloud-based infrastructure. Safety, reliability, and availability all come to mind when thinking about cloud-based services. The price is right now, too, since our technology can meet your needs at a lower cost. The home automation solutions by RT-RK based on proprietary IP blocks cover the full vertical from the low level, real-time, embedded components, up to high level cloud-based services. Whether through Home Server, Plug&Play PC, or RK-2030 STB, be in control of home electrical appliances, anytime, anywhere.

View our Smart Home wall at the booth.

Line of Automatic Test Systems Products

Become one of our customers alongside T-Mobil, Swisscom, General Satellite, Vestel, Alcatel-Lucent and Ali. We offer:

  • Multiple STB test systems: Diagnostic/screening racks for operators and repair centers
  • STB Functional test suite including a grabber device, automatic test execution framework, and set of automatic test cases

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Intent+ tests the new Bouygues’ Android STB

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The Android Set-Top Box by Bouygues Telecom, running iWedia middleware on Marvell BG2-Q chipset, is the first Android Set Top Box able to display Live TV premium content with a fully secured CAS and offering a real TV-Centric rich and open experience. As the French operator brings Set-Top Box market to a modern era by fall 2014, RT-RK keeps engaged on product system integration and testing services.

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In addition to engineering support of iWedia, RT-RK participates in another important segment of the Bouygues project – testing of the new box. Manual tests are performed at RT-RK, and complete automatic testing by the RT-RK’s end-to-end test/requirement management solution Intent+. The involvement on the Bouygues Android STB project is an introduction to RT-RK’s new offer of testing services to telecom operators. Guaranteed by an extensive knowledge base in DTV/STB systems, an existing broad and in-depth DVB functionality test library, pre-certification test suites and needed high-end equipment, the offer meets any operator’s requirement for STB deployment and maintenance.  Testing on demand or continuous testing, full access to RT-RK’s tools or integration with customer’s tools, transparent execution, on-click-available test reports, and predictable costs, are all part of the RT-RK’s flexible offer.

The company’s offer of services will be presented to OEMs and telecom operators at IBC 2014.