According to reports, Xiaomi and Ikea have partnered together to bring smart homes to more users. The news about the recent strategic partnership with IKEA was unveiled at the annual MIDC conference of global technology leader Xiaomi on 28th November 2018.
Starting from this month in China, a full range of smart lighting products from IKEA will be connected to Xiaomi’s IoT platform. It will also be the very first time when IKEA will partner with a China-based technology company.
According to a data released by Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Corporation at the conference Xiaomi IoT platform, a pioneer in Internet of Things and AI services has connected over 132 million smart devices excluding laptops and mobile phones. The data also reveals that the IoT platform in more than 200 countries and regions around the world has more than 20 million daily active devices. Apart from that, Xiaomi Xiao AI voice assistance has been active on about 100 million devices, with cumulative wake-up time exceeding 8 billion and monthly active users exceeding 34 million.
General Manager of the IoT platform department of Xiaomi, ‘Fan Dian’ mentioned during the conference that “IKEA and Xiaomi share very similar values and I believe our cooperation will accelerate the development of the smart home industry across the world.”
CEO and president of IKEA Retail China, ‘Anna Pawlak-Kuliga’ said that “She believes the two companies will benefit greatly from the partnership, better enabling both to serve customers worldwide with smarter solutions at home.”
From this month, smart lighting products offered by IKEA will be controlled via Xiaomi products including the Mi Home App and Xiao Ai voice assistant that is connected to the Xiaomi IoT platform. For smart scene management, the smart lighting can be paired with Xiaomi IoT smart devices such as electrical appliances and sensors. With the help of the ZigBee protocol, the smart lighting products will be connected to Mi Control Hub.
Apart from announcing its collaboration with IKEA, Xiaomi also unveils about its in-depth cooperation with CHJ Automotive, Ji Hotel and with an interior decoration company ‘Ikongjian’. The partnership with different companies will involve the addition of a full range of smart IoT devices from Xiaomi that will work according to different scenarios.
Opening AIoT possibilities for third-party developers
Xiaomi has been focusing on developing an initiative for developers since the inaugural MIDC conference in 2017 so that they can reap the benefits of the opportunities created in IoT and AI sector. Last year, third-party developers were given access through Xiaomi IoT Developer Program to the Mi Home platform. Through the program, the developers were given the opportunity to control smart home scenarios with AI + cloud + big data capabilities.