QuickSet Cloud Announces Smart Home Platform Nevo Butler

In a collaboration with Microsoft and Universal Electronics, QuicketSet Cloud has announced the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub. Using voice commands, consumers will be able to control fragmented entertainment and connected devices through nevo.ai, the Butler’s white label digital assistant. The Nevo Butler is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa through the native nevo.ai. QuickSet Cloud offers specific kits that work with connected devices in the areas of video delivery channel, security, environmental monitoring, smart home automations, and hospitality. The Nevo Butler was announced at CES 2019, a leading technology conference.

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Nevo Butler. Photo provided by QuickSet.

Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the Nevo Butler utilizes both Azure’s internet of things and artificial intelligence capabilities to unify entertainment systems with home automations.

“By partnering with UEI on Nevo Butler and QuickSet Cloud, we will enable UEI customers to create custom Virtual Assistant solutions, for millions of home products, powered by Microsoft’s AI and Azure IoT services,”

said Lily Cheng, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Conversational AI. For example, the user can tell nevo to turn the TV on or off, to show them movies with a specific actress, or to adjust the volume. Using the Nevo Butler with televisions does not require an accessory or a software change. It is compatible with any infrared, Zigbee RF4CE or IP-enabled systems, although it is not limited to IP connected set-top boxes or TVs.

QuickSet offers curated kits of connected devices as an add-on to the Nevo Butler. The security kit, for example, includes Ecolink door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a keypad, and a siren. Services offered include professional home security monitoring, with network security monitoring coming soon from Firedome. Aside from Ecolink, QuickSet works with the Dish Network, AT&T, RCS Technology, and Philips Hue lightbulbs.

QuickSet’s Nevo Butler faces steep competition from industry giants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as smaller platforms like the Lenovo Smart Assistant. As it’s been estimated that smart home spending will double by the year 2022, many companies are collaborating with each other to stay afloat.

 

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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