ZoneKey and Intel Unveil Broadcast Solution for Smart Classrooms, Retail and More

A recent conference in China confirmed that a quiet revolution in digital signage is on.

The moment is ripe for transformation. Costs for sensors, bandwidth and compute have decreased significantly, while cloud, streaming media, remote management and increasing performance are bringing new capabilities to business, retail, industry and education.

Attendees to the recent 71st Education Equipment Industry Conference in Nanning, Guangxi, China, discovered an Internet of Things (IoT) capable of transforming education. Industry leaders, solution providers and educators gathered to take smart digital classrooms to the next level. Interactivity, autonomous learning, universal access to education resources and digital literacy were priorities, as China looks to improve its education models in light of innovative technologies.

A personal highlight — coming from my focus on advanced digital signage technologies used across industries such as retail, education, healthcare and smart cities — was the announcement of the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. This new reference design brings cloud capabilities to the edge of the network. It combines compute, network, storage, accelerators and platform control to enable new digital signage solutions. It is exciting to see the most forward-looking of solutions — one that enables integration of high-performance, high-quality streaming audio/video with big data analytics and edge intelligence — poised to transform the lives of students and educators (with similar promise for retail and industry). The Intel reference design has already been adopted by ZoneKey for its video record broadcasting application based on Uzel.

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And from my perspective, these innovations are sure to impact more than education. It’s easy to see the implications for retail and other industries using digital signage to rethink business models. Solution providers, OEMs and ODMs take note: streaming, interactive, data-informed video and audio with the performance and intelligence to operate from the edge to cloud will be a digital signage game changer.

More immersive experiences, high-performance video and audio, data-driven insight and seamless interactivity. It’s time to bring a new era of digital signage to market.


Digital Signage Goes to School

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Enriching and expanding the learning experience is at the heart of new education applications based on the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. Solutions, such as the ZoneKey video record broadcasting application, can bring more content into more classrooms, integrate record broadcasting systems and interactive whiteboards, and enable near-real-time responses based on big data analytics. By supporting both online and offline education and the cloud, digital signage solutions can provide massive media and education content resources to classrooms — whether urban or rural.

Students can engage in an active, collaborative learning process and benefit from remote learning. Schools and teachers can take advantage of content distribution features to release curricula, notifications, security notices and news.


What Can You Build?

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The ZoneKey application unveiled in China is a great example of turning R&D into opportunity for our next generation of learners. I encourage you to explore the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification and seize the opportunity for a wide range of education, business and industry solutions.

Usage models for the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification include:

  • Video-based products used for audio/video streaming, video analytics, teaching, presentations, student engagement and education-based VR applications
  • Audio/video processing and recording visual retail products used for digital signage, video walls, kiosks, video control rooms and interactive whiteboards
  • Content processing and analytic products used for data aggregation at the edge
  • Consolidation of back-end and cloud workloads
  • Creation of service enabler platform for Digital Signage as a Service (DSaaS) and Education as a Service (EaaS) solutions

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Industrial IoT Muscles up to Functional Safety with New Intel Solution

In my position as GM for industrial solutions in the Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG) I’ve heard manufacturers consistently voice frustration on how to effectively and efficiently develop, design and deploy robust functional safety solutions to meet evolving safety standards and protect the environment, people, products and company brand. They require safety-critical applications and workflows that accelerate the integration of robotics, security and control and automation systems to meet IEC 61508 functional safety certification requirements, while ensuring robust availability and reliability.

That’s why I’m so excited that manufacturers can now rely on Intel’s leadership and innovation in digital technology platforms for industrial safety applications with the release of the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 IEC 61508 certification solution — an integrated solution that improves operational and safety evaluation insight throughout the supply chain.

Functional Safety: From Silicon to Systems

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An integrated functional safety design package for IEC61508 applications includes hardware, software, tools and documentation to accelerate development of safety integrity level (SIL) 1 and 2 applications and products— hazard risk analysis and safety integrity. Here are three key features of the solution:

  • Intel functional safety solution — meeting global IEC 61508 requirements
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor D-1529, bringing high-performance, energy-efficient and scalable safety solutions to industry
  • Accelerates time to market with optimized diagnostics, support for mixed-criticality workloads and more


Functional Safety Meets High Performance

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I’m also excited that this solution covers hardware and software, including standardized Intel silicon, the Intel Software Test Library and certification documentation. It’s all designed to help accelerate development of safety-certified systems. Read the product brief.


Delivering a Safer and More Secure Software Solution

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Intel subsidiary Wind River is known for its comprehensive portfolio of software products that enable the development of functional safety solutions. Its VxWorks real-time operating system, Wind River Linux platform and Simics system simulation technology support and perfectly complement the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 for industrial IEC 61508 certification, delivering a differentiated and compelling functional safety offering for building next-generation critical systems. For more information, visit the Wind River functional safety page.


Functional Safety for Mixed-Criticality Workloads

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I think manufacturers will also be thrilled to see that the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 brings built-in virtualization capabilities — robustly separating the consolidated safety and nonsafety applications on a shared compute platform. This enables mixed criticality workloads from multiple teams and suppliers to execute safe and non-safe applications, such as robotics, security, and control and automation systems. Added bonus: IT applications can run securely on the same platforms.

Now manufacturers can accelerate development of robust functional safety solutions to protect the environment, people and products. Just another way that Intel technology is leading the way for a better tomorrow.

Intrigued? Check out our functional safety page for all the nitty-gritty details. For more on Intel IoT  developments, subscribe to our RSS feed for email notifications of blog updates, or visit and Twitter.

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The Future Looks Bright: GE & Intel Ignite Industrial Internet Innovation

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group (right) speaks at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group Jonathan Ballon (right) speaks about the Industrial Internet of Things at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, I am passionate about the application of technology toward the environment, human productivity, healthcare and safety. Before arriving at Intel, I spent time at General Electric as the chief operating officer for GE Digital and have enjoyed continuing the collaboration that we began years ago. During my discussion on stage with GE Chief Digital Officer John Gordon at GE Minds + Machines, “Electricity Reimagined: The Platform of Innovation Comes to Life,” we shared some of the GE and Intel collaborations, including exciting new business models.

GE is advancing the Industrial Internet by integrating Intel technology such as processors, security, gateway and embedded system components with the GE Predix platform for industries such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Together, we are driving digital industrial transformation, turning operational data into real-time intelligence. Here are some great examples:


Smart Factories

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To quote GE CEO Jeff Immelt, we are “drinking our own champagne” by partnering with GE to drive our own digital industrial transformation as a manufacturer. Starting with our fabrication and sorting manufacturing facility in Arizona, we are leveraging the power of GE Predix and portfolio of GE Digital solutions. Together, we are exploring opportunities to create new applications and tools to power the Industrial Internet — and to bring our customers and partners on this journey with us.


Smart Stadiums

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Smart stadiums equipped with Intel Technology use GE Predix and the Intel IoT Platform to optimize everything from the fan experience to operations — from parking and ticketing to concessions and crowd management. All this while delivering real-time insight to operators.


Smart Locomotives

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GE Transportation, another Intel IoT solution collaborator, is making an impact with smart trains to speed up the supply chain process. It’s leveraging a next-generation, Intel-based locomotive data center for its GoLINC platform to enhance communication and improve productivity throughout operation. Its mobile data center provides robust processing, wireless communication, networking, video and data storage. GoLINC interfaces with both locomotive and third-party systems to make data available, and features onboard wireless capability for easier data transfer.


Smart Wind Farms

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GE Energy has created the GE Digital Wind Farm, which connects GE and non-GE wind farms to the Predix cloud via an Intel-based Predix-ready gateway. The GE Digital Wind Farm’s combination of software-defined turbines with a digital infrastructure is helping customers realize hundreds of millions of dollars of additional value over the life of a typical wind farm. The GE Digital Wind Farm solution generates up to 20 percent more energy output thanks to the Predix-ready gateway with Intel technology.


Smart Cities

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I’ve often talked about the future of cities and the implications for IoT. Cities consume 75 percent of the world’s energy and have 80 percent of the carbon impact. Of this, 40 percent of city energy consumption is for lighting.  Imagine a city where smart street lights direct drivers to open parking spaces, measure air quality for pollen and pollution, detect seismic activity and report automobile accidents the instant they happen.

The platform is ready. The operating system is open. But, it’s going to take the developer community to innovate the solutions that will make a lasting impact. It’s going to take the developer community to build the next app economy — the industrial app economy — where changing the world is at our fingertips.


The Future Looks Bright

Intel Iot Platform Infographic

Industrial IoT is real. GE and Intel are bringing together our technology, resources and developer communities to transform the market and open the possibilities. Let’s be first movers as we develop and drive innovation together for a better future.

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