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Deutsche Telekom Picks ULE for Home Gateway Trial

09 October 2013

DECT-ULE, the ultra low energy variant of the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications standard, has been selected by Deutsche Telekom AG for a trial targeting smart home services.

DECT was originally introduced for cordless telephony in Europe, where it became a universal standard for that application. Wireless chipset provider DSP Group Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) is offering DECT-ULE for use in home-gateways and peripheral devices as a part of a smart home solution.

The ULE variant of DECT provides secure delivery of both video and audio streams over a part of the frequency spectrum reserved for DECT and therefore free of interference.

Deutsche Telekom is positioning its Speedport home gateway boxes as the center of the smart home and as a platform from which to offer a wide range of applications in the areas of home automation, safety and appliance monitoring services. After an initial trial phase ULE-based Speedports will be offered to all existing Deutsche Telekom customers with DECT-based Speedports via a software upgrade.

Many types of device, including motion sensors, smoke and flood detectors, windows contacts, energy meters can be connected to the home gateway via ULE, allowing Deutsche Telekom to offer a broader range of products and services. End users will be able to monitor the smart home network locally or over the internet and similarly can choose whether to transmit alarms to utilities via an IP connection.

"ULE has the potential to be the unifying solution for the highly fragmented home automation market," said Ofer Elyakim, CEO of the DSP Group, in a statement.

"Its outstanding range, interference-free operation and self-install capabilities make ULE the ideal platform for a smarter home," said Dirk Bottger, vice president of terminal management fixed line for Deutsche Telekom, in the same statement.

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