Deutsche Telekom has announced three new partners have joined its smart home platform Qivicon.

Electronics manufacturer Philips, utility company RheinEnergie and windows-to-doors manufacturer myScenario have joined the 30-plus partners already signed up to the Germany-based operator’s platform.

This week, DT’s Head of Smart Home told European Communications that the company is looking to expand Qivicon outside of Europe and that it is “one step ahead” of Apple in the race to capture the smart home market.

From the autumn, customisable app-controlled lighting system Philips hue will be integrated into the platform, allowing users to control LED lights to create a moods such as “movie theatre”.

Philips’ Senior Marketing Director Susanne Schmitz commented: “Digital integration offers consumers a host of possibilities for their homes, helping them use lighting to create the perfect setting for any occasion.”

RheinEnergie customers will be able to intelligently manage their energy consumption and keep track of what’s going on within their own four walls, even while they’re out.

The company is the fourth utility to join the Qivicon partner network.

“Qivicon is an open platform that supports efficiency, security, safety, comfort and convenience in our customers’ homes. It is important for us to have a robust, reliable technology infrastructure in place that evolves in line with changing requirements and guarantees the level of data security we need,” commented RheinEnergie Head of Sales Uwe Schöneberg.

Meanwhile, a myScenario app will enable customers to programme shutters to automatically close in bright sunlight or windows to shut if the home owner goes out.

myScenario CEO Stephan Schmidt commented: “We are delighted with this new partnership. Currently, Qivicon offers the best way of making building automation systems more accessible to customers.”

Qivicon launched in Germany last September and aims to coordinate all smart home devices and products such as heating, lighting and washing machines.

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