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Sweden's Vattenfall joins Deutsche Telekom's smart home alliance

Iain Morris
May 27, 2014
 
Swedish energy company Vattenfall has joined Deutsche Telekom’s QIVICON-branded smart home initiative, flagging plans to launch services that will give residential customers more control over their heating and lighting systems.

The German telecoms operator also revealed that cleaning technology company Alfred Karcher (Winnenden, Germany) has also become a QIVICON member, and made a number of improvements to its own smart home app.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) launched QIVICON in September 2013 and has already signed up a number of leading industrial companies, including Bitron Home (Grugliasco, Italy), EnBW (Karlsruhe, Germany), eQ-3 (Leer, Germany), Miele (Gutersloh, Germany) and Samsung (Seoul, South Korea).

The aim of the initiative is to accelerate the development of smart home offerings and offer vendor-independent solutions to customers.

Most of the offerings that have already become available are in the areas of energy efficiency, security and convenience, and Vattenfall (Stockholm, Sweden) says it will offer three starter packages for controlling lighting and heating systems as well as security following its entry into the alliance.

“With QIVICON we have chosen a partner that offers, due to its multi-vendor platform concept, a perfect base to allow consumers an easy introduction to the smart home world and to expand gradually as needed,” said Jens Wagner, the head of marketing communications at Vattenfall.
Deutsche Telekom says its new smart home app will become available in June and will also give users control over various services in the home, such as the lighting systems in particular rooms of a house.

Alfred Karcher said it joined QIVICON in the expectation that “building services will in future play a central role in our everyday lives”.
 
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