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Deutsche Telekom ramps up smart home activities

Iain Morris
September 16, 2014

Deutsche Telekom says drivers of BMW vehicles will soon be able to regulate lights and heating in their homes, while on the road, through use of its QIVICON smart home technology.

The operator is trying to build a smart home ecosystem through its QIVICON platform and has already signed up a number of high-profile technology companies to the initiative, including South Korea’s Samsung (Seoul), Philips (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and German manufacturer Miele (Gutersloh, Germany).

In a recent update, Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) revealed the identities of several new partners and promised additional offerings from some of its existing partners.

The company already has a connected cars partnership in place with BMW (Munich, Germany), but is obviously keen to bring the worlds of the connected car and the smart home closer together.

Without providing details about availability, it said that BMW drivers would be able to use the QIVICON platform to switch home appliances on and off, receiving text message alerts if, say, window or patio doors have been left open.

The operator promises that by using the iDrive Controller button it will be able to introduce this functionality without causing any risk to safety.

Miele is also to ramp up its QIVICON presence by launching a new app allowing customers to remotely control a range of appliances and see how long they have been running.

Users would, for instance, be able to lower the temperature of their freezer while in the supermarket after deciding to buy some meat.

The new QIVICON partners include lighting manufacturer Osram (Munich, Germany) and Sonos (Santa Barbara, CA, USA), a developer of cordless home music systems.

Osram has developed a smart lighting system that will become available through QIVICON, allowing customers to control in-home lighting from anywhere.
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