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Philips and RheinEnergie join Deutsche Telekom's smart home alliance

Iain Morris
July 8, 2014
 
Deutsche Telekom has announced that Philips, RheinEnergie and myScenario have become the newest members of the QIVICON smart home alliance set up to fuel the development of smart energy and other home automation products and services.

The German telecoms operator says that from autumn this year the Philips (Amsterdam, Netherlands) hue technology – a customizable, app-controlled lighting system – will be integrated with QIVICON, allowing users to control their LED lights using apps from other QIVICON partners.

In future, the involvement of Philips with QIVICON should allow other QIVICON-compatible devices to interoperate with hue lights.

Users would, for instance, be able to program lights to automatically dim or brighten as window shutters are opened or closed.

Deutshe Telekom (Bonn, Germany) says that existing hue customers will be able to connect their systems to QIVICON using any standard, commercially available router.

“Digital integration offers consumers a host of possibilities for their homes, helping them use lighting to create the perfect setting for any occasion,” said Susanne Schmitz, the senior marketing director at Philips Lighting for German-speaking countries.

Utility player RheinEnergie (Koln, Germany) has also joined QIVICON with a view to developing and marketing new home products promoting energy efficiency.

From late 2014, the company says its customers will be able to intelligently manage energy consumption and monitor what is happening within their homes even when they are out.

“QIVICON is an open platform that supports efficiency, security, safety, comfort and convenience in our customers’ homes,” said Uwe Schoneberg, RheinEnergie’s head of sales. “It is important for us to have a robust, reliable technology infrastructure in place that evolves in line with changing requirements and guarantees the level of data security we need.”

myScenario, the other new partner, designs technology allowing windows, doors and solar protection systems to be operated remotely.

A forthcoming app will let customers program shutters to automatically close in bright sunlight or windows to shut if a home owner leaves the building.

“We are delighted with this new partnership,” said Stephan Schmidt, myScenario’s chief executive. “Currently, QIVICON offers the best way of making building automation systems more accessible to customers.”
 
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