Gigaset Elements is the latest company to join Deutsche Telekom’s Qivicon platform, which has been updated with new protocols.

Germany-based Gigaset offers a range of smart home products, from motion sensors and security cameras to location tags.

It joins over 40 other partners which have signed up to Qivicon, including five others that joined in February.

Last month, KPN became the first network operator to launch a service using the platform.

DT also announced that Qivicon would support two new protocols later this year, in addition to HomeMatic and ZigBee.

HomeMatic IP will get support the second half of this year while DECT ULE will be supported by the end of this year or in early 2017.

DT added it would integrate smart home features into its Magenta product family, making the smart home “a central element” of its portfolio alongside mobile and fixed-network telephony, internet, and IPTV.

[Read more: Operators proclaim unity in smart home battle with “west coast titans”]

Speaking at an event in Berlin, DT Board member Niek Jan van Damme, urged parties interested in the smart home space to work together to take on US-based rivals.

“If we stick with conventional proprietary solutions in the growth market for the smart home, we’re going to lose out to international providers,” he said.

“We need to recognise the diversity of technical solutions as an opportunity and use it as such.

“Germany and Europe need to face up to the competition and win it.”

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