China Mobile subsidiary targets European smart home market with Ringa

China Mobile International (CMI) opened its smart home development platform Ringa to telecom operators, service providers, device makers and retail brands operating in Europe.

Ringa can be used to build home automation systems and connects smart home IoT devices to a single application.

It includes a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, a suite of mobile access applications and multiple IoT communications modules, along with smart devices and voice-enabled solutions.

Dr Lin Erwei, director and executive vice president of CMI, said: "As intelligent digitalisation continues to transform industries worldwide, CMI has recognized the demand for integrated smart home solutions that are quick to market, scalable and globally deployable. Ringa is the result.

"We expect to see the installed base of smart home solutions increase rapidly across Europe as consumers increasingly embrace a digital lifestyle and a future where we can connect everywhere."

A range of access capabilities, such as object models, firmware and unified access standards, are available on the Ringa SaaS platform. It also has cloud capabilities, including equipment and device development, simulation debugging, scene linkage, message queues and remote over-the-air (OTA) technology upgrades. Ringa also supports app control and open API, plus third-party voice platform docking with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and other popular voice assistants.

Ringa’s service platform allows developers to create devices and manage products, operations and big data via a single web portal.

The platform supports wireless connectivity technologies, including LTE Cat 1 and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), the KNX-RF system, WiFi, Bluetooth and more.

Under the Ringa brand, CMI also offers a range of smart devices including smart lighting, air purifiers, heating/cooling fans, smoke detectors, security systems, door and window sensors and health devices, as well as smart sockets and switches that can be used to control other lights and appliances.

Pictured top: CMI’s data centre in Frankfurt, Germany.

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