Humax expands its efforts in the smart home business
– Humax unveils ‘Butler’ at the ‘IBC 2015,’ targeting the smart home market
BUNDANG-GU, South Korea, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Humax (CEO, Kim Tae-Hun, www.humaxdigital.com) announces on Sept. 10, that it will disclose a smart home solution, ‘Butler,’ at the ‘IBC 2015’ – Europe’s largest broadcasting equipment exhibition – to be held from September 11 – 15.
The company, which showed smart home technology last year for the first time, will disclose more advanced smart home service features with the ‘Butler.’ Humax has embedded the Butler solution in the existing video gateway and broadband gateway and expanded them to smart home gateway, building a strong foundation to implement various smart home services.
The ‘Butler’ connects at-home devices and automatically controls them, making homes more comfortable and convenient for users. For example, when a user selects a movie channel to watch a movie, the gateway automatically recognizes it and dims the lights. Moreover, IP cameras can be connected to the gateway for home surveillance, monitoring every corner of the house in real time. If someone breaks into the house, it automatically alerts users via TV and mobile devices. Butler also allows users to check visitors on the TV screen when they are watching TV.
It uses NFC (Near Field Communication) technology for easy installation and is compatible with Android operation system.
Since Humax has presented the Butler at the ‘TV Connect’ exhibition held in the UK last April and the ‘INTX’ exhibition held in Chicago, USA last May, the business development plans are under discussions with many global operators. The company also plans to launch smart home products for the retail market with their own brand name.
Kim Tae-Hun, CEO of Humax, said, “Smart home services have been mainly introduced to some early adopters only and not familiar with consumers. However, cable and telco operators these days are fiercely competing each other for the growth of net subscribers and average revenue per unit (ARPU). Therefore, operators are now introducing smart home technologies and services to their customers, which drives high consumer awareness and interest in smart home products. We continue to introduce new advanced smart home solutions, offering a wide array of applications in various areas of our daily lives.”
In addition, Humax reveals the server-client set that enables multi-room experiences in a house by connecting a small type 4K IP-based client box to the video gateway server.
The ‘IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) 2015’ will be held for five days from September 11 – 15 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The show is expecting to attract 55,000 experts from 170 countries, exhibiting more than 1,700 leading suppliers with advanced broadcasting technologies and products. The booth of Humax will be located at Hall 1, Stand No. C27.