Panasonic unveils ULE-based Smart Home system

System allows components, which can include a home hub, indoor camera, window sensors and a smart plug, to be controlled remotely by a smartphone or tablet

Panasonic unveils ULE-based Smart Home system

Panasonic has introduced a new Smart Home system which uses the Ultra Low Energy standard (ULE). The company believes this move makes it one of the first big players to launch ULE-based products in the UK.

The Ultra Low Energy standard is based on DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications ) frequencies, which were solely used for wireless telephony across the world before the ULE standard was developed.

Panasonic admits it is not the first company to harness ULE. However, as Panasonic is a household name in the UK and elsewhere, it believes its decision to base the new system on ULE could have a huge impact on the industry,

The company thinks it is likely that other big companies will therefore follow suit, especially as a wide range of manufacturers have already registered their products for the certification programme of the ULE Alliance.

Panasonic’s Smart Home system hasn’t been certified yet, but the company could opt for certification as it is already a member of the ULE Alliance.

The new Smart Home network is available in three packages, ranging from a starter kit to a more advanced option, which includes a home hub, indoor camera, window sensors and a smart plug.

The components can be controlled from one app on a tablet or smartphone, even remotely, and the cameras allow for two-way communication. This way, it is for example possible to instruct a delivery person where to leave a package.

Thanks to the secure ULE standard, the system is particularly safe, benefits from a wide range of up to 300 metres, and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi devices or other gadgets.

“Panasonic has designed the Smart Home system with the needs of the regular person or family firmly in mind,” said Justin Burnell, sales and marketing manager for Panasonic Smart Home at Panasonic.

“So far the industry has focused on producing smart devices with one, specific application. But what people really want is a system that helps simplify their life, not complicate it further,”asserted Burnell.

Panasonic’s Smart Home system is available directly from Panasonic’s eShop. From the 17 July 2015 on, the system will also be available though Currys’ website.

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