Deutsche Telekom is to introduce a range of different models of its new QIVICON Home Base 2.0 base station to match the diverse range of wireless protocols now on the international market. The products will be on show at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany (2-7 September 2016) and will be available this autumn.
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 radio modules. 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 Deutsche Telekom QIVICON smart home platform is assured. The Home Base 2.0 has two USB ports. Its design has been optimised to ensure aesthetic compatibility with just about any home environment.
Deutsche Telekom also provided an update this week on its QIVICON smart platform white labelling service, which is designed to help telecommunications companies, energy suppliers and manufacturers of smart home devices to get to market faster.
Product manufacturers such as E WIE EINFACH and Bitron Video are making use of Deutsche Telekom's complete white label offer, with the aim of offering customers smart home solutions under their own brands, within the coming months. Along with apps and compatible components, the companies are now offering their customers the new Home Base 2.0 gateway through their own distribution channels.
E WIE EINFACH plans to launch its products and services in Germany and the Bitron Video manufacturer is aiming at both the Italian and French markets. Bitron Video joins Austria’s eww and Dutch KPN as the third company to market an international SmartHome offer based on the QIVICON platform.
Consumers will have a range of new QIVICON-compatible devices to choose from this autumn. Among these will be remote-control products in the Logitech Harmony lineup, including the Harmony Hub and the Harmony app. With these products, users can control their TV sets, lighting and heating systems and, with the help of wireless socket adapters, electrical appliances.
Netatmo's weather station is also QIVICON-compatible. The weather station displays such data as outdoor temperature, humidity, air quality and air pressure. Significantly, these devices can also be linked with other QIVICON-compatible components. When combined with light-control systems from Osram or Philips, they can perform such useful functions as turning light reddish when environmental carbon dioxide levels become too high.
With the components offered by Sonos, users can control a wide range of still other applications. For example, with the help of a QIVICON-compatible app, such as the Magenta SmartHome App, users can integrate speakers – such as the PLAY:1 devices – in various scenarios.
In one setup, for example, the device starts up your favorite music when you come home. In another, the device, integrated with motion detectors and your home's alarm system, sounds an alarm if an intruder enters your property. Such options enhance security in connected homes.