By Cablefax Staff

While WiFi Sensing is being used today for home security, that’s just the surface of its possibilities. CableLabs has identified more than 50 use cases for the technology, which is the ability to infer motion in an area covered by WLAN. During a technical session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, CableLabs’ Josh Redmore walked attendees through some WiFi Sensing possibilities for aging in place, such as fall detection or boundary alerts. Redmore said the technology could be pushed even further to provide a sleep study in the home that would likely be more accurate since there wouldn’t be the influence of a foreign environment. Other possibilities include better integration with IoT (think pointing at a light switch to turn it off instead of verbally commanding Alexa) and much more responsive VR than would allow for everything to be housed in a much lighter headset. As wonderful as all of it sounds, there’s one big asterisk as WiFi Sensing moves forward: privacy/security concerns. “What we are collecting is nothing short of the most personal, private data you could possibly imagine. It will know who you are, where you are in the house, when you go to the bathroom, how healthy you are,” Redmore said. “Security must be the very first conversation you have.” — Comcast is moving closer to the successful launch of commercial 10G, announcing the successful test of the final technical component needed to deliver multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds through its entire network. The test involved Comcast inserting new 10G amps, built on a reference design developed by Broadcom, into a complete 10G network loop using a previously-tested DOCSIS 4.0 modem and network technologies. With this milestone achieved, the provider is pushing forward to launch live trials later this year with multi-gig symmetrical services arriving fully before the end of 2023.

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