Deutsche Tel extends smart home scheme

AlertMe, a UK based connected home technology developer, is moving into the big time with its first contract with a tier one European operator.
Deutsche Telekom is partnering with the firm to develop home management applications for its Smart Connect platform, a project announced early September that aims to enable control of various home appliances via smartphones.
Applications will be built on AlertMe’s OSGi, a newly launched control platform based on open standards that the firm claims can accelerate the time to market of new services. The platform can be used in a firm’s own devices, or by handset makers looking to skip the job of developing their own home-control software.
AlertMe chief Mary Turner says the platform allows Deutsche Telekom to steal a march on its rivals with an “affordable, seamless and easy-to-use experience.”

Deutsche Telekom is working to offer Smart Connect services to its domestic subscribers from mid-2012. Firms including E.ON, EnBW, eQ-3, and Miele are developing a technical platform for the applications, and the telco predicts half of German homes will utilize at least one smart app by 2020.