Worldline and SOMFY to showcase connected living proof of concept at IFA 2014
Berlin, 8 September 2014 – Worldline [Euronext:WLN], European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, together with SOMFY, today reveals Proof Of Concepts (POC) for Connected Home and Connected Car services. By integrating their proven solutions - SOMFY's Box/Tahoma and the Worldline Connected Living solution- both companies take advantage of their respective expertise to help build new connected services to make homes more and more comfortable. The POCs will be showcased for the first time during IFA 2014, taking place in Berlin 5 – 9 September 2014.
Connected Home, in partnership with SOMFY, is an R&D demonstration dedicated to service robotics that shows how a robot can help with daily tasks.
- The robot, designed by Worldline, is easy to operate thanks to its new improved sound, voice, gestures and light sensors
- The robotic service, developed by Worldline Connected Living, is connected to the SOMFY Tahoma home automation platform which enables the robot to open and close blinds, operate the lighting and perform other tasks within the home. With the development of sensors and cloud robotics, its potential for use can be seen in the emerging markets for telehealth and household management, especially for people with disabilities.
“Somfy in the car” is a joint R&D demonstration developed by Worldline and Somfy for a more convenient and secure smart home experience.
- When driving home, the app “Somfy in the Car” will launch, based on GPS data, a welcome scenario set-up in the Somfy Tahoma Box, enabling, for instance, to securely open the garage door, switch on the garage lights and turn up the heating.
- This app “Somfy in the Car” will further enhance the Worldline’s Connected Car services (car e-store and Extended Vehicle Application), which is dedicated to car manufacturers and after market manufacturers, while also seamlessly extending the smart home Somfy experience.
In the future, the two companies will continue to leverage their respective strengths and work towards the "bring your home in your car" concept where people, cars, homes, and communities are linked through cloud-based services.
Olivier Stuckens, Managing Director of Mobility & e-Transactional Services at Worldline: “Worldline and SOMFY are collaborating to open the doors of the connected household to the robotics service ecosystem. The ambition of Worldline is to stay one step ahead of its clients’ expectations in terms of mobility and simplicity. Whatever the product, we can connect it, optimize it and accompany our clients in their digital transformation. We are happy to showcase this innovation with SOMFY, who, as leader in connected devices for the home, has supplied its expertise in household control and automation.”
Connected Home and Connected Car services are part of the Connected Living offer from Worldline, who supplies a unique combination of services—M2M, mobility, big data, and payment. The home automation and connected object market, emphasizing comfort and security, is now developing rapidly. Worldline believes that these two segments will converge and proposes new services for even more comfort and security in the household.
Worldline [Euronext:WLN] is the European leader and a global player in the payments and transactional services industry. Worldline delivers new-generation services, enabling its customers to offer smooth and innovative solutions to the end consumer. Key actor for B2B2C industries, with 40 years of experience, Worldline supports and contributes to the success of all businesses and administrative services in a perpetually evolving market. Worldline offers a unique and flexible business model built around a global and growing portfolio, thus enabling end-to-end support. Worldline activities are organised around three axes: Merchant Services & Terminals, Mobility & e-Transactional Services, Financial Processing Services & Software Licensing. Worldline employs more than 7,200 people worldwide and generated 1.12 billion euros revenues (pro forma) in 2013. Worldline is an Atos company. www.worldline.com
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