It’s about time for an IAA preview at IFA

Sep 07, 2015

  • Deutsche Telekom gives a sneak peek at its first IAA presence
  • Smart home – Deutsche Telekom and BMW connect homes and cars
  • New version of smart home app available now

It’s about time (#WirdEchtZeit) that a car purchase isn’t just based on horsepower, but gigabytes, too. The ongoing digitization of society has long arrived at the car, many Germans’ most prized possession. At this year’s IFA consumer electronics show, visitors to Deutsche Telekom’s booth will get a preview of the IAA, where Telekom will be among the exhibitors for the first time with its "Secure Auto Cloud." An exhibit featuring a connected BMW i3 and the QIVICON house will allow visitors to experience driver and vehicle-based services for more safety, energy efficiency and comfort live and hands-on.

It's about time for smart home – Deutsche Telekom and BMW connect homes and cars

Accidentally left the hallway lights on? Remembered that you forgot to turn down the thermostat after you’ve already set off on your vacation? Thanks to connected homes and cars, drivers will be able to control such elements remotely from on the go – even hundreds of miles away from home with the smart home app. The new version is available for download now. In addition, BMW owners can turn a wide variety of devices on and off with smart home integration. They can receive warnings if a window or patio door is opened, for example, or if a smoke alarm, motion sensor or water detector is triggered while they are out. The control display in the BMW dashboard shows all relevant information from the home, along with a live feed from the security camera. The system also responds to the vehicle’s location: When the smart home app detects that the car is approaching the home, for example, it can deactivate the alarm system and activate personal settings.

Are we there yet? It’s about time to turn the back seat into the front row with myKIDIO

The myKIDIO family app, with videos and audio books for on the go, made its debut at the Mobile World Congress. It gives families access to high-quality audio books, audio plays, films and TV shows – all selected by editorial staff. The editorial staff at "TV Spielfilm" (BurdaNews) curates the content and provides the child-friendly structure of the app: Only age-appropriate media for the configured profiles is displayed. In addition to streaming, myKIDIO allows the use of content offline. Thanks to the integration of their own personal devices in BMW ConnectedDrive and intelligent communications technology, parents can keep an eye on their children’s media usage in the backseat even while on the go. The child-friendly BMW Kids Cockpit even lets little backseat drivers see trip-related information, such as the current speed and fuel level.

More information about Deutsche Telekom’s presence at the IAA and about connected cars will be available at under the hashtag #WirdEchtZeit ("it’s about time") and at /connected-driving.

Visit Deutsche Telekom’s booth in hall 21 a at the IFA trade show in Berlin from September 4 to 9 for a live experience of our products and services. Deutsche Telekom’s entire presence at the trade fair is carbon-neutral: All CO2 emissions generated in setting up and operating the booth are fully offset by carbon-reduction projects abroad.

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