LONDON, August 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Deutsche Telekom sets out to explore the huge impact smart/connected homes will have across multiple industries during the inaugural Smart Home Summit.
For telcos, utilities, retailers, insurers, warranty providers to home assistance providers, and appliance and consumer hardware manufacturers, Deutsche Telekom believes that the connected home represents both a significant opportunity, as well as a threat.
Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development for Deutsche Telekom's Connected Home division, will be presenting "Creating an Open Approach to Take the Smart Home to the Mass Market", during the event on 29 - 30 September 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.
An event sponsor, Deutsche Telekom will highlight its efforts to take connected home services from niche to mass market; and share examples of the use of open platforms to accelerate innovation, reduce go-to-market time for new services and encourage new partners.
"The connected home opportunity is now global; competitors will not sit and wait for European players to fully prepare their strategies and product development plans. Firms that are innovative, and willing to take the risk, will capture the greatest rewards," comments Carter.
In terms of implementation, Deutsche Telekom believes that the connected home requires an open and agile platform. "You cannot tackle this market in a regimented approach, flexibility is key," Carter explains. "Without such an approach, organisations risk limiting the potential opportunity."
In order to move the connected home to the next level, over the last three years Deutsche Telekom has built an open connected home platform, under the name QIVICON. It was successfully launched in Germany in late 2013 and is now available internationally as a white label solution, and a foundation for multiple connected home initiatives.
First international partners will launch their offer during the second half of this year. The platform features an interoperable, expandable and scalable architecture that makes it easy for companies from all industries to realise their connected home products and services and integrate them into a larger ecosystem.
Deutsche Telekom's connect home platform's unique capabilities include the ability to integrate new connected devices quickly and support innovative new revenue generating services. Beyond this, Deutsche Telekom's platform meets advanced security standards and has strict rules on the management of customer data.
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines, and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year - more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.
About Deutsche Telekom's open white label platform QIVICON
Deutsche Telekom has built an open connected home platform, under the name QIVICON. It was successfully launched in Germany in late 2013 and is now available internationally as a white label solution, and a foundation for multiple connected home initiatives. The platform features an interoperable, expandable and scalable architecture that makes it easy for companies from all industries to realize their connected home products and services and integrate them into a larger ecosystem. The platform supports the Eclipse Foundation/openHAB initiative, and open source software is a core component of the architecture. Being part of Eclipse and providing an open API and SDK to this carrier grade platform gives partners full flexibility and leads to a broad adoption of the platform. Over 30 partners utilize the platform, including notable manufacturers, Philips, Osram, Miele, eQ-3, Sonos, Samsung, Urmet, Huawei, Netamo, Bosch Junkers, DOM, Provedo, Kärcher and many more. In Germany and Austria, QIVICON has also partnered with leading utilities, including EnBW, Vattenfall, Rheinenergie,entega and eww Gruppe to provide a range of home energy management services designed to meet the needs of consumers and the regulatory environment. In 2014, Frost & Sullivan selected the platform for their European Visionary Innovation Leadership award.
In the same year, Analysys Mason stated that of all the platforms it has evaluated it is "the most mature initiative."
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SOURCE Deutsche Telekom