Deutsche Telekom has unveiled five new partners for its Qivicon smart home platform, including the first outside of Germany.

Qivicon, which launched in Germany two years ago, is an open platform onto which third parties can build connected home services.

Kärcher, ENTEGA, ASSA ABLOY, Logitech and the eww Group have joined up, taking the total number of partners to 41.

Austrian energy company eww Group is perhaps the most significant, as it moves Qivicon beyond its German borders.

DT revealed eww started selling starter packs for security and energy in Austria in June this year.

In March, Qivicon’s Head of Business Development told European Communications that the platform would launch in the Netherlands in Q2 and the UK later this year, but neither have materialised so far.

The four other partners are taking a range of different approaches.

Green electricity supplier ENTEGA will offer the entire Qivicon system to customers, including a monthly usage license for its own smart home app.

Cleaning company Kärcher is planning a watering system for the platform. Sensors measure the moisture level of the soil and Kärcher’s SensoTimer ST 6 product begins to water the garden.

Accessories company Logitech is looking to add control of Qivicon-compatible services, such as heating and lighting, to its Harmony remote control products.

Finally, Swedish security company ASSA ABLOY said it plans to launch a solution that lets users lock and unlock their front doors directly with their smartphones next year.

Andreas Wagener, Managing Director for Sales and Marketing, Germany at ASSA ABLOY, said: “We are convinced that Qivicon is an optimal cooperation partner in the smart home area.”

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