In the future, Ikea and Xiaomi want to work more closely in the bathroom area. Two companies announced a strategic partnership on Tuesday.
Chinese technology company Xiaomi, which is primarily known in this country for affordable smartphones and low price tracker activities, and the Swedish designer group Ikea announced on Xiaomi's MIDC 2018 AIoT development conference to support each other in the smarter sector.
Ikea Tradfri products can be controlled from December through the Xiaomi's IoT platform
Xiaomi is more than just a smartphone manufacturer. The company claims it is the world's largest manufacturer of IoT products: according to its own data, Xiaomi sold more than 132 million networked products in the third quarter of 2018. Xiaomi distributes a number of transparent products such as alarm systems, network lighting and switches, Wi-Fi and action cameras and more under the Mijia code. They are integrated into their own platform and can be targeted to the Chinese market by assistant Xiao AI and App.
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The new strategic partner of Ikea, on the other hand, offers only a number of Smarthome products in the Tradfri series. Your IoT platform is not owned by a Swedish company. Instead, it can be solved through Apple's Homekit, Amazon Alex, and Google Assistant. By December, the Ikea's Smarthome portfolio will also be integrated into the Xiaomi platform, said Anna Pawlak-Kuliga, Executive Director and President of Ikea China at the development conference.
Ikea and Xiaomi: plans outside China are vague
For Ike and Xiaomi, integration is probably an important step to continue to grow in the area of death. It remains to be seen to what extent the partnership will be effective outside of China as the companies are closed in that respect.
As Xiaomi is eager to expand its business around the globe, partnership with Ikea is likely to come out of China. From 2019 By coincidence, Xiaomi wants to officially start in Germany.