Integration of Haier U+ smart air-conditioner with Amazon’s Alexa smart home skills a success

Chinese home appliance brand, Haier, was honoured with the Global Top 10 Smart Home Appliance Brands award at the 2017-2018 Global Top Brands Award ceremony held by International Data Group (IDG) during CES 2018 last week.

The brand was honoured along with a number of well-known international brands, including Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Sony, and Panasonic. The brand was the only Chinese company to earn the distinction.

The first Chinese company to implement a digital transformation strategy, Haier showcased a comprehensive series of smart solutions for four of the key smart spaces within the home: the living room, the kitchen, the laundry room and the bathroom, at the smart home experience zone within its 720 square meter booth during the exhibition.

The brand has been recognised as the Most Valuable Brand in the global home appliance market for nine consecutive years by the IDG, and won the award thanks to the brand’s U+ platform, the largest IoT platform in the smart home sector.

The brand created the first open and smart home platform in 2014, which, with an open interface protocol, enables access to multiple home appliances and services via the platform and provides the interconnections between them.

In addition to exhibiting the brand’s U+ platform and U+ IoT chips, Haier also displayed the results of its cooperation with leading international companies, including Amazon and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF): the successful integration of the brand’s U+ smart air-conditioner and Amazon’s Alexa smart home skills as well as the brand’s smart home’s receiving of the Globally Interconnected Smart Home certification from OCF.

The tie-ups with Amazon and OCF are expected to further speed up the implementation of Haier’s smart home strategy globally and help the company deliver a better smart home experience to users.

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