Netgem shows smart home at MWC17; Invests in VoxtokFriday, February 24th, 2017
Voice Control with Amazon and SoundBox at Mobile World Congress
At Mobile World Congress starting in Barcelona on the 27th of February, Netgem will present two new innovations in its smart home roadmap:
- Voice Control with Amazon: Netgem has been actively working with Amazon to integrate the Alexa® service in its platform, as a new way of enhancing the user experience by allowing consumers to simply control their entertainment with Amazon Echo® devices or directly with their Smartphones;
- SoundBox: Netgem will present the first connected speakers to embed set-top-box technology, called SoundBox. By combining 2 devices into one, Netgem intends to simplify the consumer digital life and offer Service Providers new revenue opportunities. Service Providers will be able to source SoundBox from Netgem, or from consumer electronics partners under license.
These two innovations will contribute to Netgem strategy to extend the reach and value of its software platform at the heart of the Connected Home.
To support SoundBox, the Netgem Home Platform has been enhanced to offer multi-room, multi-source music services, through a software license agreement resulting from a strategic investment in a French Tech startup called Voxtok, which has been developing this technology over the last 3 years.
Speaking about the Voxtok investment, Christophe Aulnette said: “The French Tech ecosystem is very dynamic in the Internet of Things space. Such targeted investments give us a sensible way to reinforce our product portfolio, while supporting the growth of these companies”.
Joel Reboul, CEO of Voxtok added “this investment from Netgem will give us an efficient access to the Telecom market, which has a very long and demanding sales cycle for startups”.