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CableLabs Unit Tackles IoT Testing

Kyrio, the for-profit subsidiary of CableLabs, has branched into Internet of Things device certification and compliance testing for the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).

Kyrio said its vendor-neutral IoT testing service complements its existing wireless, network and security testing services business. The OFC standard is supported by about 200 members, spanning consumer, enterprise, industrial, automotive and health industries. Examples of OFC members include Arris, CableLabs, Cisco Systems, Samsung, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel, Comcast, HP, and IBM.

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IoT testing expands on Kyrio’s areas of business. Kyrio is also developing a WiFi roaming hub/interconnection service (subscription required) for cable operators and partners outside the cable industry, though the initial focus is on independent MSOs, with Midco being the first announced partner for the program.

Kyrio’s flagship business is a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) service, used by MSOs, device makers and trade associations such as the Wi-Fi Alliance. In addition to performance-testing services, which include the new IoT focus, Kyrio also runs Go2Broadband, an offering that started out as a service locator for cable-modem service, but has since evolved into a cloud-based platform that connects resellers and partners such as Best Buy to cable operator services, and as a resource for consumers who move residences and need to switch providers.

“As the Open Connectivity Foundation continues its efforts spearheading IoT standards, we are delighted to work with the world’s top testing laboratories to offer IoT certification testing for our members,” said Michael Richmond, executive director of the Open Connectivity Foundation, in a statement. The addition of Kyrio as an authorized test lab will ensure that we meet the demand for OCF certification testing, helping technology companies and developers achieve complete interoperability across their devices.”

“Our experience helping manufacturers achieve certifications, test interoperability across vendor solutions, and quickly bring new products and technologies to market uniquely positions Kyrio in the marketplace,” added Mitch Ashley, president and GM of Kyrio. “Working with OCF enables us to continue delivering on our commitment to innovation to tackle tough device interoperability challenges and deliver the best end user IoT experience.”