Haier Launches U-Home for Networked Homes
Aug 8, 2006
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Global appliance and electronics maker Haier launched its new home automation initiative on July 4 with the U-home U-life - Haier Network Home New Standard Release Conference held in China. The initial retail roll-out will take place in Beijing.

Haier President Han Zuo described the new home networking and control system as an innovative new mode of home operation. "It will drive new development in the industry, and upgrade people's living standard and quality."

"U-home changes (the approach) from providing customers a single product to (providing a) service solution," added vice president Zhou Yunjie. "U-home will create Haier's world brand, guided by customers needs."

Haier also opened its U-home testing laboratory for reliability and compatibility testing of Haier U-home products and applications, such as family network gateway devices, wireless modules, networked home appliances, medical treatment monitoring, family intelligence terminals, home sensors, and video monitoring. The lab is equipped with advanced testing equipment, such as network analysis instruments and a frequency spectrograph.

Haier also opened its first U-home retail experience center in July, in the Beijing Haier An Zhen Store. The demonstration area allows customers to witness how home appliances and other home functions can be controlled, monitored and tested through mobile phones, computers and TVs.

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