The technical and market innovation behind the QIVICON platform has encouraged major connected home vendors to partner with Deutsche Telekom
Frost & Sullivan has awarded Deutsche Telekom with its 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for its QIVICON smart home platform. It follows the growth partnership’s company’s analysis of the connected home market.
The platform enables communication among various connected home systems through its Internet-connected gateway, the QIVICON Home Base control hub. The QIVICON open platform combines a secured network with reliable control to offer comfort and convenience to end users. Frost & Sullivan believes that by involving many connected home vendors in the development of an intelligent home network, Deutsche Telekom “has created a milestone in the connected home ecosystem”.
A range of different models of the new QIVICON Home Base 2.0 are being offered, in keeping with the diverse range of wireless protocols found throughout 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 protocols. All versions of the new Home Base 2.0 can be connected to home DSL routers either by cable or wirelessly, via Wi-Fi. In addition, users can integrate additional wireless protocols, via USB flash memories, as soon as interoperability with the QIVICON platform is assured. The Home Base 2.0 has two USB ports.
Thomas Rockmann, head of connected home at Deutsche Telekom, says the company is partnering with more than 40 companies and offers numerous apps and components from different manufacturers. He added: “We plan to continue expanding our range of products and services, integrating new products and partners and developing additional markets.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognises the value-added features/benefits of the product and the higher return on investment it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
“Deutsche Telekom offers business customers a range of different partnership opportunities,” says Anirudh Bhaskaran, senior research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “For example, telecommunications companies and energy suppliers can use Deutsche Telekom’s white label offer as a means of offering their own complete ranges of smart home products and of developing the smart home market quickly and efficiently. And the manufacturer-independent-platform approach is also attractive for manufacturers of smart home devices.