i4Things today announced that they have been selected to join the Holland Tech Square at CES 2020 in Las Vegas (Jan 7-10), one of the leading technology events worldwide attracting well above 175,000 international visitors from around 160 countries each year.
HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy of TechLeap.NL (former StartupDelta) the accelerator for the Tech-ecosystem in the Netherlands, today announced the 50 selected Dutch tech companies to exhibit on the Dutch national Pavilion at CES 2020.
At the show i4Things will showcase Consolomio®, their unique Smart Home as a Service solution enabling service providers in telecoms, internet, energy or insurance to take root in the fast growing Smart Home market, helping them to expand their business with additional and recurring revenue streams and to outpace competition.
The smart home market is growing rapidly but is currently fragmented between multiple brands with competing and often incompatible technologies. Our strategy is to provide a simple, secure and scalable platform to allow a wide range of service providers to offer a real value added foundation for their subscribers to adopt smart home in a hassle free way.Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things
Modular and interoperable platform
With its modular architecture, the White-Label software and hardware platform captures, stores, processes, translates and – where applicable – streams smart home device data to end-user devices in- and outside the home. With its cloud based approach, the solution offers service providers a fast time-to-market at limited initial investments to launch a smart home proposition.
Consolomio® integrates with a wide range of leading Smart Home ecosystems such as Android TV, Philips Hue, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Zigbee and Ikea smart home products. The underlying B2B2C business model offered by i4Things comprises management of the whole ecosystem of devices and user interfaces avoiding fragmentation due to the exponentially growing number of smart home devices and thus making the smart home a fully integrated experience.
“The platform currently supports over 20 categories of devices from 10 brands including smart bulbs, thermostats, cameras, doorbells, alarm systems, access control and many other products to create highly personalized solutions,” Wolters explains. “What’s more, in close cooperation with our customers we will continue to work on integrating more products to our fully managed ecosystem of devices. At the same time we are doing life cycle management on the already included ones. Thus we will be rapidly expanding into the world’s largest Smart Home as a service platform.”
Ease of use and security combined
Consolomio® provides the end user with intuitive and easy-to-use user interfaces, i.e. a smart home TV dashboard bridging the world of IPTV and Smart Home as well as an Android-based control panel which is installed at a central point in the user’s home. To meet various use cases, i4Things established four starter packs covering security, comfort, care and energy applications for use in Smart Home and Small Office Home Office (SOHO) environments.
All starter packs include a range of i4Things and third-party manufactured sensors with security built in by design to allow easy self-installation while offering operators higher margin for additional components. However, it is also possible to create a fully customized starter pack.
As part of the White-Label solution, both the end user devices as well as dedicated apps and starter packs will be individually branded with logo and coloring of the service provider. As part of the integrated services, i4Things carries out any adjustments required to e.g. cope with changes to API’s and firmware or with software updates on behalf of both service provider and end user.
For the service provider, Consolomio® offers a powerful backend console that integrates with existing CRM, billing and customer care environments. In addition, Consolomio® comes with a security mechanism including user authentication, encrypted data exchange/storage, automatic camera-password refresh every 24h to make smart home a reality without compromising on security.
Leading Dutch technologies in Las Vegas
“We are really proud to represent the Dutch innovation spirit at CES 2020. For i4Things it is the perfect place to further expand our international business and to show how easily smart home capabilities can be added to the offering of service providers, allowing them to capitalize on their existing customer relationships whilst at the same time improving the quality of life for their customers with use cases like security, comfort, energy and care”, says Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things.The Dutch pavilion at Eureka Park is one of the largest single-country pavilions at CES and is organized by TechLeap.NL, the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) and the Dutch consulate in San Francisco.