“Home Connect”, the intelligent platform provided by BSH Home Appliances Group in Europe, is now working with Magenta SmartHome and the Qivicon platform established by Deutsche Telekom. Owners of washing machines, clothes driers and dishwashers from Bosch and Siemens can now use the “Home Connect” system to control their appliances while on the go.
Via the system, household appliances are able to provide continuous information on remaining cycle times and provide updates when a cycle is finished. The technology’s integration into the smart home also facilitates other new intelligent combinations. Lighting in living areas, for example, can be used to give residents a visual signal, and start a favorite playlist as soon as an appliance in the basement has finished its cycle.
Central heating systems made by international heating and hot water specialist Bosch/Junkers, ensure warmth around the house and maintain the optimum temperature in the hot water tank. Soon, users will be able to control such central heating systems either manually or in fully automatic mode via Deutsche Telekom’s smart home app. The app enables users to check temperatures in various separate heating circuits at a glance, and to quickly turn up the hot water temperature whenever required.
Smart home device manufacturer Nest has added to the Deutsche Telekom range of offerings by contributing its intelligent smoke detection system Nest Protect. Householders integrating Nest Protect into their smart home will receive messages on smoke and CO levels via Magenta SmartHome, and their system will also trigger alarms if a situation becomes critical. The smoke detector will give early warnings via a spoken message if smoke or carbon monoxide should be detected, indicating the room affected by the problem.
Schellenberg, one of the market leaders in window blinds and accessories, has also opted the SmartHome platform, as it extends its product range to include smart solutions for windows, doors and gates. Using the platform, residents will find it easy to operate their window blinds using wireless roller shutter belt drives via their smartphone or tablet – protecting their homes from strong sunlight, not to mention potential burglars.
Deutsche Telekom’s range of compatible smart home devices is growing constantly, and companies already in partnership with the telco are adding ever more devices onto the platform, including Osram, Sengled, Bitron Video, Centralite, and Logitech.
And the range of services is increasing in the field of voice control. Consumers can now use Amazon Echo for home control. In the near future, householders will also be able to run their homes using voice commands via Google Home.
Customers of both companies can now equip their smart homes with the wide range of compatible devices currently available. “International growth is a strategically important aim for us,“ says Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom. “The modular design of the White Label portfolio allows our partners to create smart home solutions to suit their target market.” The platform already supports more than 250 devices from a multitude of manufacturers and brands, that partners can mix and match to create their own offerings.
“We’re determined to make our customers’ entry into the world of the smart home as easy as possible”, says Henri Vandré, head of Smart Home at Telekom Deutschland GmbH.