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October 29, 2018Mariel vanTatenhove
We’ve seen how voice can change the way we interact with technology. Users regularly use Alexa to control lights, locks, and switches in their smart homes, which depend on reliable connectivity from internet gateways and hubs. Today, we are excited to announce two smart home connectivity solutions with Alexa built-in. Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) Calix and Gemtek add to our selection of qualified white-box designs for the Alexa Voice Service. Their devices integrate Alexa into smart home hubs, further realizing the potential of voice in the connected home.
Calix and Gemtek are two new ODMs in our selection of solution providers that enable device makers to leverage complete designs that are pre-integrated with the technologies needed to enable Alexa. This paves the way for device makers to create more products with Alexa built-in and reduces overall time to market for OEMs.
The Calix GigaSpire MAX is designed for communications service providers wanting to provide their customers with a smart residential gateway. The device has Alexa built-in, supported by a 3-mic array and a 5W speaker. The Calix GigaSpire MAX is a Wi-Fi mesh enhanced-router that extends the network into the home with security; and support for smart home protocols Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Z-Wave.
The Gemtek ViTA is a smart hub with Alexa built-in and compatibility with a wide range of connectivity protocols. Its Alexa integration is supported by a 4-mic array and bass extended sound. The Gemtek ViTA is designed to voice-control smart home devices, such as door sensors, plugs, lights, cameras, and blinds. The device features 10G broadband, LTE, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connection protocols.
“The Alexa Voice Service was created to make it as easy as possible for device makers to develop products with Alexa built-in,” said Priya Abani, Director of the Alexa Voice Service at Amazon. “ODMs such as Calix and Gemtek are an important part of that portfolio, and we’re thrilled to see their solutions offered to OEMs looking to provide voice-based experiences for their customers.”
To learn more about these and other ODM solutions qualified by Amazon, go to our ODM Solutions page on the AVS Developer Portal.
To read more about development tools and AVS Solution Providers, go to our Build webpage on the Developer Portal.
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