Deutsche Telekom and DSP Group Trial ULE in Deutsche Telekom's Speedport Home
Gateway for Smart Home Solutions
Companies Jointly Integrate a State-of-the-Art Home Automation Solution Based
on ULE (Ultra Low Energy) Technology Into Speedport Home Gateways
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Deutsche Telekom AG, one
of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies and DSP
Group^®, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset
solutions for converged communications, announced today that the companies
have joined forces to trial a state-of-the-art ULE-powered home gateway
solution targeting smart home services.
Representing the next generation in home networking, ULE technology is based
on DECT standard and inherits its fortes including outstanding secure range,
video and audio support and a simple star topology. ULE also benefits from its
"DECT only" frequency band, which allows interference-free operation for the
lifetime of supported devices.
With ULE technology inside Deutsche Telekom's home gateways, Speedports are
positioned to become the true center of the smart home enabling a myriad of
new applications for the end customer, such as home automation, safety and
monitoring services. After an initial trial phase, these applications can be
made available to all existing Deutsche Telekom customers that have a
DECT-enabled Deutsche Telekom Speedport with a simple software update.
The Speedport home gateways will capitalize on ULE's star topology eliminating
the need for repeater to be installed as is necessary with other mesh-based
competing technologies. Over a thousand devices – including motion, window
contacts, smoke and flood detectors as well as other sensors – can be
seamlessly connected to the Speedport gateway via ULE, thereby bringing a new
value proposition to Deutsche Telekom's end users: a smarter, connected home.
End users will be able to monitor whether smoke alarms are operational,
whether their batteries need replacement, and even to transmit the alarm to
the utilities via an IP connection. For countries where home detectors are
mandated this can bring serenity to the home owner. The ability to save energy
by utilizing ULE enabled smart plugs through the gateway allowing users to
benefit from monitoring and managing the energy consumption of their home
appliances, either on demand or according to pre-determined times, will become
a reality. All can be done seamlessly from home or remotely via
Internet-enabled smartphones, tablets, laptops or PCs. These benefits will add
to a powerful and attractive service proposition which will help improve
customer loyalty and reduce churn.
"ULE is not just another technology in the burgeoning market of smart home
applications, its outstanding range, interference-free operation and
self-install capabilities make ULE the ideal platform for a smarter home,"
says Dirk A. Böttger, Vice President, Terminal Management Fixed Line of
Deutsche Telekom. "Millions of Deutsche Telekom gateways already benefit from
DECT connectivity, and most of them can be easily enabled for ULE and smart
home applications by a simple automatic firmware update without any disruption
to best-in-class services we deliver to our customers."
"ULE has the potential to be the unifying solution for the highly fragmented
home automation market," says Ofer Elyakim, Chief Executive Officer of DSP
Group. "ULE provides an interference free, easy-to-install fully interoperable
solution that finally meets the increasing demand for interoperability across
a variety of home application including energy management, home security and
others at the lowest possible cost of ownership. Home automation solutions
should be connected to the Internet, allowing users to watch and control their
homes. Whether from home or remotely, ULE is the ideal solution provides all
these benefits and much more."
About DSP Group
DSP Group^®, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG) is a leading global provider of wireless
chipset solutions for converged communications. Delivering semiconductor
system solutions with software and reference designs, DSP Group enables
OEMs/ODMs, consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and service providers to
cost-effectively develop new revenue-generating products with fast time to
market. At the forefront of semiconductor innovation and operational
excellence for over two decades, DSP Group provides a broad portfolio of
wireless chipsets integrating DECT/CAT-iq, ULE, Wi-Fi, PSTN, HDClear™, video
and VoIP technologies. DSP Group enables converged voice, audio, video and
data connectivity across diverse mobile, consumer and enterprise products –
from mobile devices, connected multimedia screens, and home automation &
security to cordless phones, VoIP systems, and home gateways. For more
information, please visit www.dspg.com.
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
CONTACT: Orly Garini-Dil
DSP Group, Inc.
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