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Wireless control can be used to operate all of the technology in your home, from lighting to household appliances like washing machines and coffee makers, or even blinds and consumer electronics. All thanks to intelligent networks and a sophisticated communication system.

Deutsche Telekom wants to help you live more comfortably, and use energy more efficiently, with smart home technology. At the "E-World 2011" exhibition in Essen in February, the Group demonstrated how smart technology and services based on intelligent networks can enable efficient regulation of energy consumption and reduce energy costs.

Intelligent networks But Telekom's innovation and technical expertise even goes one step further. It integrates intelligent networks into private homes to cleverly merge energy management and smart home technology. Personalized design The living space within your own four walls can now be designed and monitored to meet your individual needs. For example, you can use your cell phone to dim the lights in the living room to suit your mood. And it's just as easy to open and close the blinds or operate the coffee maker. Families in T-City Friedrichshafen are already testing the networked home control of the future. How does it work? Just like a PC, each electrical appliance in your home is assigned its own IP address, which allows it to be accessed by the relevant software. The entire house is connected to a network. This enables wireless control of kitchen appliances, heating systems, and television, as well as wireless opening and closing of garage doors. Another benefit of smart home technology is that a large number of devices can be connected to one another. Home owners can then operate all of these appliances with a single remote control. For example, one click will switch on your television and all connected devices. The only technologies that cannot be connected in this way are telephones, refrigerators, and freezer cabinets. This function is particularly useful if you want to scare off uninvited guests. At the touch of a button, you can switch off all the lights inside the house and in your front garden. A house that thinks for itself The home automation system can "think" for itself and react to various signals, such as the opening of a window. The system detects this change and automatically turns down the heat in that room. The system also learns from the way the home operates during everyday life and simulates this during your absence. In other words, the home of tomorrow will be able to adapt to the people living under its roof. Innovation against climate change In these times of climate change, shrinking energy resources, and rising electricity rates, the optimization of energy production and control has assumed prime importance for energy providers and consumers alike. With its intelligent networks, Telekom provides an efficient way of managing energy, which benefits energy providers and consumers equally.