Sumitomo Electric Networks Begins Shipment of QIVICON Home Base
QIVICON Smart Home Platform, initiated by Deutsche Telekom will utilize a new
device from Sumitomo Electric Networks
TOKYO -- September 12, 2013
Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc., a business operation unit for broadband
access and IPTV equipment of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., announced
today that it has achieved the first volume shipments of the “QIVICON Home
Base” to Deutsche Telekom.
QIVICON, the platform that allows management of common in-home equipment, such
as windows, lighting, and home appliances from smartphones, tablets and PC, is
now being implemented and available to the market. One of the key components
of this new smart home platform is the "QIVICON Home Base", developed and
manufactured by Sumitomo Electric Networks.
QIVICON Home Base was designed, developed and produced in close cooperation
with the QIVICON development team, and will be placed in the home between the
broadband connection equipment, such as a DSL Home Gateway, and the in-home
equipment like sensors and actors, to be managed. The communication with the
in-home devices can be handled by various supported radio technologies.
Based on the definitions of OSGi, the new QIVICON Home Base, developed and
produced by Sumitomo Electric Networks, will provide an extremely flexible and
efficient communications link between a home owner and much of the common
equipment found in the home. By using internet-connected device such as a
smartphone, tablet or PC, a homeowner can turn lights and home appliances on
and off or manage energy-consuming equipment like heating and
air-conditioning, all while away from the home.
"We are very pleased that we finalised the customization and integration
project, together with the QIVICON team, successfully. The new approach of an
open platform with an open concept for wireless connectivity and open software
layer alongside was an engineering challenge. The unique solution 'QIVICON
Home Base' was achieved by a very close cooperation of our highly qualified
development team with all involved technology partners," said Dr. Yasushi
Kida, Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
"Smart/Connected Home technologies are a top priority for us, and we look
forward to provide similar solutions to other customers in Europe in the near
The QIVICON platform will be launched at IFA 2013 and first partner products
will be available shortly after the exhibition. Together with its partners
EnBW, eQ-3, Miele, Samsung and Telekom QIVICON will provide a tightly
integrated ecosystem for partner products, which will enable an unsurpassed
user interface and experience.
Sumitomo Electric Networks is committed to the connected home concept and
expects its deployment throughout the world to deliver key lifestyle
technologies such as broadband access and entertainment delivery systems. The
company also expects to make similar announcements in the future.
About Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo
Electric Industries, Ltd. dedicatedly focuses on telecom networking products
for broadband access, is a leading supplier of broadband access equipment and
offers its high quality, reliable and innovated products for valuable
customers in information-communication technology industry, including GE-PON,
HGW (Home GateWay), CDN (Content Delivery Network, STB), Wireless Broadband,
PLC (Power Line Communication) and XDSL. The company is pursuing innovations
tirelessly to contribute for a better broadband access service and
About Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. designs, manufactures and sells optical
fibers, cables, components, advanced electronic devices, and automotive parts.
Through successful strategies of research and diversification, Sumitomo
Electric has become one of the world's leading companies at the forefront of
the revolution in information and communications. Sumitomo Electric's
world-class research and manufacturing capabilities in optical technology
continue to expand and strengthen the product portfolio while maintaining
industry leading levels of reliability. The company has global operations in
more than 30 countries with over 200,000 employees. Sumitomo Electric reported
group net sales of $21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 2013.
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications
companies with 144 million mobile customers, 32 million fixed-network lines
and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2013). The Group
provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and
services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate
customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has over
231,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.2 billion
in the 2012 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of December
OSGi is a trademark of OSGi Alliance.
QIVICON is a trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc.
Hiroyuki Munakata, +81-3-5798-5344
General Manager, International Sales
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