Companies demonstrate how UIB’s UnificationEngine® and Overkiz’s PaaS control 10 lighting brands via chat apps
BEX ASIA, Singapore (September 5, 2018) — Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd. (UIB) today at Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia announced that it will show how its UnificationEngine® intelligent IoT messaging-powered SmartContact® works with Overkiz’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Overkiz, a subsidiary of France-based Somfy Group, will demonstrate how adding a SmartContact to a smartphone’s address book will allow users to control — using Natural Language (NLP) voice and instant messaging on popular communications channels like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Facebook Messenger — wireless home and building devices connected to Overkiz’s platform.
UIB Key Account Manager Nush Khan explained, “Enabling people to operate their devices by sending voice and text messages through their favorite social media, messaging, and chat apps makes IoT simple for building developers, installers, and users. With a UnificationEngine-powered SmartContact in their smartphone’s address book, Overkiz customers will have the capability to talk to blinds, gates, equipment, and HVAC, lighting, and security systems on over 20 of the world’s most popular communications platforms, including LINE, Viber, Telegram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and many more — both complimenting and working independently of native apps and smart speakers.”
Ludovic Dagneau, Overkiz’s Asia-Pacific Sales Director, added, “The channel partnership of Overkiz with UIB creates a ubiquitous, smart home solution with a smooth experience for end-users. UIB’s SmartContact empowers users by allowing them to use natural language to control and monitor their lighting devices and home appliances and to collect data from wireless IoT sensors. Overkiz integrates a wide range of global brands and product categories into its cloud.”
Dagneau continued, “To demonstrate the power of this ubiquitous solution, we are showcasing a demo here in Singapore at BEX ASIA where our SmartKiz gateway, leveraging Zigbee 3.0 and RTS protocols, receives messages through SmartContact to:
- Turn light bulbs on and off from Trust, Innr, IKEA, Osram, Sengled, and Leedarson;
- Turn light switches on and off from Schneider, Heiman, Legrand, Climax, and Orvibo; and
- Open and close motorized blinds from Somfy.
No one else in the market can offer this level of interoperability, this is the IoT user experience to beat!”
Khan concluded, “Our focus is on improving the experience for end-users. Ask yourself, how many light bulbs do you have right now in your home or office, how many are from different manufacturers? Each manufacturer has their own unique app, which creates a nightmare for end-users. UIB’s SmartContact and Overkiz’s PaaS work together to create a breakthrough in IoT usability for home and building applications.”
Overkiz will showcase its PaaS solution with UIB’s SmartContact September 5-7, 2018 in Singapore at Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Marina Bay Sands, level 1, booth #G29.