Smartmesh connectivity for smarthome jointly by Alibaba and MediaTek
Alibaba A.I. Labs and MediaTek have announced a strategic collaboration in Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives including smart home protocols, customized IoT chips and AI smart hardware.
Together they have announced the first Smartmesh connectivity solution in China supporting many-to-many Bluetooth mesh technology majorly used in smart home settings.
The jointly developed tech used Labs’ self-developed IoT protocol named IoTConnect and the Bluetooth chip co-developed by both parties, enables smart home devices to automatically pair with Tmall Genie, a voice-controlled smart assistant, leading up to a Tmall Genie-controlled smart home ecosystem.
Miffy Chan, Head of Alibaba A.I. Labs, commented: “We are excited about partnering with MediaTek to explore collaboration in the IoT ecosystem. Our AI and cloud computing capabilities, along with MediaTek’s cutting-edge technology in chip design, provide unique advantages to our connectivity solutions for smart homes, offering real benefits to consumers in China and paving the way to a more connected world through innovation.”
Jerry Yu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Home Entertainment Business Group, MediaTek said: “MediaTek is thrilled to partner with Alibaba A.I. Labs in building up a voice-controlled smart home ecosystem. This follows our collaboration in delivering the great success of Tmall Genie X1.”
“The smart home market is undergoing tremendous growth as technologies advance. With MediaTek’s strength in connectivity and baseband, computing and multimedia, coupled with Alibaba’s leading advantages in cloud computing and AI, we are confident that the collaboration will mark a milestone in the development of the IoT era,” Yu added.
One million Tmall Genie devices were sold in China during Alibaba’s Global Shopping Festival on November 11 last year.