Posted on December 10, 2014

Ooredoo today opened the doors of its Smart Living Baytcom Project – a villa on The Pearl that showcases smart lifestyle technology on every floor. The Smart Living-Baytcom Project is a ‘Proof of Concept Demo House,’ filled with the next generation of smart living concepts. Customers and businesses will be able to visit the villa to see the technology in action, and the whole building is being used by Ooredoo to test and perfect new solutions.

“Smart living” solutions are a new range of digital services for use in the home, which include everything from security facilities that can be monitored remotely, to temperature and AC controls than can be managed via a mobile phone in addition to home connectivity features. The Baytcom Project has been designed as a one-stop-shop that provides an integrated experience. The facility was inaugurated by Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar and Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, at a special ceremony on Saturday.

Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani said: “Digital lifestyle services are transforming our daily lives, and Ooredoo wants to bring the very best solutions to Qatar. We have developed the Smart Living Baytcom Project as a platform for our partners to demonstrate the latest innovations, using Ooredoo’s bigger, faster network, for the benefit of Qatar’s homes and families.” Waleed Al Sayed said: “Digital lifestyle technology is a new business area for Ooredoo, and one where we believe we can excel. Smart living technology will enable people in Qatar to live healthier, more enjoyable and more sustainable lifestyles, and we have the experience, network expertise and vision to deliver these services.”

Mansoor Al Khater, Chief Strategy Officer, Ooredoo, added: “Ooredoo developed The Smart Living Baytcom Project in partnership with a number of leading partners, including UDC, Hemaya Security Company and others. The project has given the opportunity for local entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in the concept development of the project, blending the capabilities of leading market players such as Ooredoo with dynamic growing companies.”

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The villa is designed as a smart living space where everyone and everything in the household can be connected, and where one touch controls every household appliance with intuitive user interfaces. It is divided into six areas – Home Entertainment; Personal Cloud; Home Security; Smart Utilities; Home Automation; and Concierge Services. Each area showcases a broad range of innovations including the Home Automation section which has mobile solutions that provide integrated control for lighting, security locks and air conditioning, while Home Entertainment demonstrates all-in-one services that bring movies, gaming and music together at the touch of a button.

The Smart Living Baytcom Project was developed by the collaboration of teams from across Ooredoo, and the company will use it a launchpad for new services that will be commercially available in the future. Earlier in November, Ooredoo organised the first-ever Baytcom Hackathon, a special contest that brought together designers, app developers and creative technologists to create new applications and platforms that will provide smart, sustainable and enriching lifestyle solutions. The winning application is currently being developed into a commercial solution that will be released by Ooredoo next year.

Customers wishing to experience Ooredoo’s portfolio of innovative business solutions can visit the Smart Living Baytcom Project during working hours via an appointment with Ooredoo’s business team. To contact the business team, customers can call 800 8000. For more details, visit http://www.ooredoo.qa.

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