Deutsche Telekom announced that it will present new partners for Its Qivicon smart home platform at the Ifa consumer electronics show in Berlin.
E Wie Einfach and Bitron Video will make use of Deutsche Telekom’s white-label offer to offer customers smart home solutions under their own brands in the coming months. Along with apps and compatible components, the companies are offering a new Home Base 2.0 gateway through their own distribution channels. Energy group E Wie Einfach plans to launch its products and services in Germany, and manufacturer Bitron Video will target the Italian and French markets.
Bitron Video joins Austria’s Eww and Dutch operator KPN as the third company to market an international smart home offer based on Qivicon platform. Telekom said it now has over 40 partners for the platform, with a presence in several European countries.
It will also introduce the new Qivicon Home Base 2.0 this autumn, which aims to keep up with the various wireless protocols on the international market. While the different models all have an identical outward appearance, they differ in terms of their pre-installed protocols. For example, the model designed for the German market, and several other markets, already includes the protocols HomeMatic, Homematic IP, ZigBee Pro and the inclusion of DECT ULE has also been completed. Another model includes the ZigBee Pro and Z-Wave radio modules.
All versions of the new Home Base 2.0 can be connected to home DSL routers either by cable or Wi-Fi. The Home Base 2.0 has two USB ports for connecting other devices.
New products compatible with Qivicon will include remote-control products in the Logitech Harmony lineup, including the Harmony Hub and the Harmony app. With these products, users can control their TV sets, lighting and heating systems and, with the help of wireless socket adapters, electrical appliances. Netatmo’s weather station is also Qivicon-compatible and can be combined with light-control systems from Osram or Philips.