Deutsche Telekom integrates Amazon’s Alexa into smart home platform

Deutsche Telekom’s smart home platform Qivicon will be integrated with Amazon’s voice-controlled speakers, the two companies have announced.

Amazon revealed on Wednesday that the Echo and Echo Dot would launch in Germany and the UK over the coming weeks.

The two speakers feature Alexa, a digital assistant that rivals Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, that enables users to ask for music to be played, lights to be controlled and alarms to be set.

A select group of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany are taking part in a pilot ahead of the official launch.

The speakers have been integrated with Qivicon, the Germany-based operator’s smart home platform, which has over 40 other partners, including white goods manufacturer Miele and lighting companies Osram and Philips.

Sonos, another speaker brand, is to launch new Qivicon-compatible devices during the autumn, Deutsche Telekom said last month.

According to ABI Research, more than 120 million voice-enabled devices will ship annually by 2021.

Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom, commented: "With Alexa there are many new opportunities to make the connected home even smarter and more comfortable.

"Working with Amazon allows us to share even more innovation with our customers. We believe strongly in the future of voice-controlled smart homes.”

Last month, Deutsche Telekom revealed Qivicon would launch in Italy and France as it looks to branch out from Germany.

It is already live in Austria and the Netherlands.

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