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[Tips] [XEGG Vol.4] Aqara - A complete premium smarthome solution

2019-11-07 04:54:42
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In this X-EGG we will talk about Aqara, the showpiece of Xiaomi's partner LUMI United.
Aqara is heavily presented within the Xiaomi Eco-system named Xiaomi Home (previously known as Mi Home). Aqara became a leader in China when it comes to Smart Home Solutions.
With their latest products, Aqara is entering "overseas" to bring affordable IoT and Smart Home solutions to any household.

The beginning:




2014: Lumi United was was established.

The company is specialized in 'Low-Cost, Low-Power' smart home products that can interact with each other over ZigBee, a Wireless network.

In 2015, the first line of products became a reality.
A multifunctional gateway alongside a couple of different sensors (1x Motion, 1x Door/Window, 1x Wireless switch) released on the market as a Smart home  'kit'.

**The first Smart Home Kit released by Lumi United under the Mijia brand

The gateway functions as a Doorbell, Alarm clock, Security Alarm, Night Light and as a 'Mother Device'.
It can interact with 'Child devices' (Sensors) and is a bridge to connect these sensors with compatible wifi devices.
The Smart home Kit was released under Xiaomi's Mi Home brand :Mi(jia).
Once connected to the Mi Smart Home APP, you can set up automations and assign sensors to interact with other compatible products including the Mi Air Purifier, Yi Camera and the I youth MIdea Air-conditioning.

The kit was sold so many times, Lumi United's sales went up to 1.000.000 units within a year!
The company grew very fast which resulted in releasing more compatible products.
Do you want to know more about Lumi United?

Lumi United's premium private label:

2016 was a year for Lumi United to remember.
It was time to dive deeper in the world of IoT and set their own course developing a complete high class Zigbee based smart home solution.
This lead to the establishment of Aqara.

The name is a combination of the following Latin words: acutulua (Clever, smart) and ara (home).

"Check out this funny video to learn how to pronounce Aqara"



Aqara in China:

**Experience store in Nanning

Be Aware: Many devices are originally meant for domestic (China) users only. Some do work when selecting China mainland as server but issues can occur.


In China, Aqara became a leader in Smart Home Solutions in such a small period.Through time, many devices were launched to provide the user countless options to create a smarter environment.


Let me show you an overview:
September 2016Aqara wireless switch,
Aqara air conditioner companion,
Aqara wireless switch (wall mounted)
March 2017 Aqara smart socket, Aqara wall switch
June 2017 Aqara temperature, humidity sensor, Aqara body sensor
July 2017Aqara curtain motor
September 2017Aqara flooding sensor, Aqara bedroom set
October 2017Aqara smart door lock S1
April 2018Aqara cube controller
March 2018Aqara air conditioning companion (upgrade version)
May 2018Aqara smart door lock S2
August 2018Aqara Hub/gateway and Vibration sensor
November 2018 Aqara LED bulbs
March 2019 Aqara G2 camera
June 2019 Aqara intelligent motor B1 (lithium battery), Aqara Smart
2019 Relay (2 channel)

Aqara's innovative products have won countless design & product awards from organization all over the globe:


4S Experience Stores:

**Impression 4S experience store

In December 2017 Aqara opened its first 4S experience store.
It is a brandnew concept and it is all about bringing the best services to the end user.

The 4S stands for the following four important values:

- Solution (a testroom to experience the product)
- Sales (Place to buy the products)
- Service (From helping selecting the products to actually install it at your home)
- Survey (Feedback from end users)

The 4S flagship stores are designed to have a display area AND a product experience area.
All Aqara items can be tested and eventually bought.
Another cool thing to know is these shops sell products from Xiaomi (Mijia & partners) aswell.
The products experience area is divided into four rooms: Living Room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
Thanks to this concept users can experience the real thing.
An employee (Service provider) will help you with your requests to get a complete setup based on your own preferences.
If that isn't enough....Aqara can provide services to visit your home and install everything for you!
Aqara wants to expand their full service system and strives to create 500 locations accros China having 3000 service employees.


Aqara provide Product Installation, Scene configuration and aftersale-maintenance..This innovative 4S concept brings the best out of the Product, Employers and Customers.

Besides B2C (Business to consumer), the company is a serious player in the field of B2B (Business to Business).
Aqara sell products and provide services to other companies.
Aqara can install a complete Smart Home solution within public Buildings like Hotels etc.
According to the statistics,With Aqara's products Hotels can reduce energy-consuming up to 40%.



HomeKit + Aqara:       

Even though Aqara works with 'Mijia' and Xiaomi's AI voice assistant 'Xiao ai' they collaborated with Apple's HomeKit.
With the release of the 'Aqara Hub', sensors became available and visible within Apple's Smart home platform using the Aqara APP.
You can ask Voice assistant 'Siri' status updates on any sensor like 'Are all windows closed?' and 'What's the temperature in the babyroom?'.
Aqara is the most compatible smart home solution for HomeKit users. With 20+ different devices in their ranks, no other company can compete.

The partnership lead to Aqara being sold in official Apple stores!




As you have read, Aqara is continuesly growing in China.
Lumi's United private brand took the biggest share in the domestic market.
They strive to have service providers everywhere and continue to deliver the best experience possible.


But it doesn't stop there. Xiaomi's smart home products have gained attention from people all over the world.
Even before an official release, people from all continents imported Xiaomi devices to build their own smart home.


The wait is over...as Aqara is finally but slowly entering overseas!

Aqara overseas:


Many partners from Xiaomi's Ecological chain are entering overseas.
More products are becoming available to non China Mainland servers.
In Europe, new devices from (Mi)jia, Viomi, Roborock, Smartmi etc. have been added.
And now...Aqara is going Global, To bring automation and enlarge your Smart Home Experience.
But it will set its course step by step.

Entering different regions means you need different approaches like teaming up with Top brands (example: LG in South Korea) and in many cases different/modified products.

As we all know, Europe, USA, UK all use different wall plugs.
Recently, Aqara released the Europe version of their Aqara Hub and is being sold at some big retailers already.

Media Markt, Europe's largest retailer of consumer electronics is selling Aqara in Germany.


At the moment of writing you can find Aqara being sold in following EU countries:

Germany,
Ice Land,
Switzerland,
Sweden,
Denmark,
Norway
Finland.



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Furthermore, Aqara will be selling their products on Amazon targeting EU, UK and US in the short future!


Available products:


Besides the Hub the following sensors are currently available:


**screenshot from Notebilliger (German shop)


At the moment of speaking, The Aqara hub (EU Version) works with Xiaomi Home (EU region) and Homekit.
Due GPDR Issues the Aqara App is currently suspended.
Aqara is working hard on developing new compatible products like a EU Wall plug to make 'Dumb' devices 'Smart'.
It is all a matter of
TIME

Still there are plenty sensors available to create home automation and to make your life more convenient and smarter!
Especially when you use it combined with Mi Led Bulbs/ Aqara Bulbs and other devices like the Viomi v2 (Mop/vacuum) Roborock S5 (Vacuum) or SmartMi Fan 2s etc..



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