Although it's a situation which is gradually improving, the main issue with the IoT remains getting various devices to work together. Many smart home devices support IFTTT recipes for tech-savvy people, but the IoT overall remains fairly inaccessible for the average consumer.
Deutsche Telekom's innovative Connected Home QIVICON platform is based on an open architecture which is designed to integrate with multiple connected devices and support new revenue-generating services. A major Dutch telecoms operator, KPN, has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to launch a QIVICON-based solution called 'KPN Smartlife' in the Netherlands.
Our platform supports a number of different business models where companies can develop new solutions or services
KPN Smartlife was first introduced last year in the Dutch market via limited customer trials, but has now been extended to KPN's entire customer base. "We are pleased to welcome KPN as the first international telecoms operator to join our connected home ecosystem," says Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Deutsche Telekom.
"The KPN connected home partnership is part of our strategy to expand our presence in Europe. We are actively engaging with potential partners from large corporates to innovative start-ups, as our platform supports a number of different business models where companies can develop new solutions or services, extend existing products and adapt to new market potential and target groups. The success of our platform in Germany and Austria, and now this roll out in the Netherlands, will help us to take a lead in the connected home market as we target other European countries," concludes von Reventlow.
Although KPN has become the first international operator to join Deutsche Telekom's connected home ecosystem, the Dutch company joins 40+ European market partners, from a variety of industries including energy and utilities, that already use QIVICON to implement their own smart home propositions. Over 40 partners currently utilize the platform including Philips, Osram, Miele, Samsung, Huawei, Sonos and Netamo.
In Germany and Austria, Deutsche Telekom has also partnered with leading utilities, including EnBW, Vattenfall, Rheinenergie, entega and eww Gruppe, to provide a range of home energy management services designed to meet the needs of consumers and the regulatory environment.
QIVICON, available internationally as a white label solution, makes it easy for companies of all sizes to connect their home products and services as part of a larger, more integrated ecosystem. You can find out more information about the platformhere.