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Thursday, May 18, 2017

DECT eyes up opportunities in IoT

By Nick Flaherty

Developers of DECT 2.4GHz wireless chips and systems have long looked for opportunities outside of its digital cordless phone niche, and are eyeing up the Internet of Things (IoT).

The DECT Forum and the ULE Alliance are organising their first DECT ULE Technology Summit which will include a Smart Home Hackathon.

From 2016 to 2022 the global connected home market segment is expected to grow 14% a year driven by security, lighting and climate control applications where IP-based Bluetooth and Zigbee dominate.

Relative high cost, technology fragmentation, privacy and security concerns are hampering even stronger growth says the Forum, and to accelerate mass market adoption, the DECT Forum and the ULE Alliance developed ULE technology as an extension of DECT for residential and business Voice and Data communications. However the integration with IP networks remains a challenge.

The conference will address recent developments in connected home and enterprise applications and provides a technology outlook on ULE, a low-power wireless technology that enables cost-effective connected home and business platforms. This addresses Ultra-Low Energy application requirements by introducing optimised communication methods. Identified with low power consumption, low latency, long range, moderate data rate and additional voice services.

Speakers from Park Associates, Panasonic, Philips Lighting, Futuresource Consulting, Intel, Robert Bosch, Dialog Semiconductor, Deutsche Telekom and other companies and organisations will talk about the latest developments and updates in DECT ULE technology.

The aim of the Smart Home Hackathon is to explore new ways for seamless smart home solutions. Leading technology companies including DSP Group, Dialog Semiconductor and carriers like Deutsche Telekom will make their latest DECT ULE development platforms, tools, boards and sensors available to the participants to hack into.
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