Linksys and Axiros enter smart home partnership

  • January 23, 2020
  • imc

Connected home firm Linksys announced at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a strategic partnership with Axiros, a specialist in telecommunications and IoT device management customer experience.
California-based Linksys is one of the brands in the connected home division within the Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) entity. The partnership gives ISPs around the world a carrier-grade way to streamline provisioning and management of complex network equipment and meet their customers’ needs.
The Linksys Velop mesh wifi system can cover an entire home or business with seamless wifi connectivity. Meanwhile, German firm Axiros has a remote device management software platform for the provisioning and management of enterprise devices and customer premise equipment (CPE) used in homes and business by ISPs around the world.
“ISP operators of all sizes can now work with two respected brands who are committed to open standards, product excellence and flexibility,” said Brian Van Harlingen, chief technology officer at Belkin. “Not only that, but they can do so knowing that we have developed a strong partnership, focused on serving them.”
Axiros is already providing carrier-grade device and service provisioning, and its implementation into the Linksys Velop mesh wifi system gives user service teams from ISPs tools that allow instant access to service quality insights and the ability to perform remote service configuration so customer queries can be resolved immediately, while providing mesh wifi from the ISPs.
“Working together, Axiros and Linksys are providing operators in the telecommunications market – including traditional carriers, cable broadband MSOs and ISPs of all types – with a powerful management platform for the Linksys Velop, and an exciting, intuitive visualisation of mesh wifi performance data,” said Michael Shaw, chief executive officer for Axiros in North America. “In a partnership several years in the making, two best-in-class brands are offering the market a new level of efficient device management, stunning performance visualisation and situational awareness.”
Linksys brings its more than 30 years of heritage in providing connectivity in the home to the partnership. It was the first brand to ship 110 million routers globally. In the past two years, the brand has added two software products – Linksys Shield and Linksys Aware – into the fold. These products will now be available through products provided by ISPs.
This will be the first carrier-grade management interface in the Linksys product range. It will be designed to provide situational awareness of all aspects of the user wireless experience, using visualisation for the operator’s technical team.
In 2018, FIT merged with Belkin. This group connects people with technologies at home, at work and on the go within the accessories and smart home markets.
Axiros develops multiprotocol enterprise device management software for telecommunications, cable broadband, defence and IoT clients. Based in Munich, it develops and licenses embedded products for manufacturers and operators. It supports a worldwide customer base through a full-service subsidiary in North America, and sales and support centres in Asia, Europe and Latin America.