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Huawei, Netatmo join Deutsche Telekom's smart home programme

Iain Morris
December 11, 2014
China’s Huawei and French smartphone thermostat developer Netatmo have become the latest members of Deutsche Telekom’s QIVICON smart home initiative.

Network equipment maker Huawei (Shenzhen, China) has indicated it will focus on developing smart home-compatible terminal devices and control elements through its participation in the QIVICON ecosystem.

“We are very much looking forward to the cooperation with the QIVICON smart home platform,” said Haibo Zhang, Huawei’s key account president for Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany). “Our main aim is to make full use of the strengths we share in developing and providing end customer solutions.”

Netatmo’s involvement in QIVICON, meanwhile, will mean that customers owning a Netatmo Weather Station are able to access information about temperature, air humidity, air pressure, sound levels and carbon dioxide levels using smartphones, tablet devices and PCs.

That will allow customers to determine the quality of the air in a room and the best time to aerate, said Netatmo (Boulogne-Billancourt, France).

Through Netatmo’s smartphone thermostat, QIVICON users will also be able to control heating from the same range of portable devices.

“We are thrilled that QIVICON will include our Weather Station and our Thermostat for Smartphone into their connected home ecosystem,” said Fred Potter, Netatmo’s founder and chief executive. “QIVICON’s platform is at the intersection of two major trends within the technology industry: the Internet of Things and the connected home sector, creating opportunity for like-minded companies to collaborate and bring bigger, smarter innovations to consumers at an accelerated pace.”

The involvement in QIVICON of Huawei, in particular, should provide a real spur to the smart home initiative, which has already attracted a number of high-profile technology and consumer electronics companies.

Besides South Korea’s Samsung (Seoul), Deutsche Telekom also counts Philips (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Miele (Gutersloh, Germany) and German energy utility RheinEnergie (Cologne, Germany) as QIVICON members.

The various organizations have been collaborating to ensure their smart home products and services are interoperable and capable of working in unison.

Deutsche Telekom has identified the smart home as one of the most important parts of the Internet of Things market.
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