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eQ-3 and 4U Control are starting cooperation for south-western Europe Print E-mail
Friday, 29 November 2013 12:30
Pushing the issues smart home and energy efficiency in south-western Europe: This is the aim of eQ-3 AG and its new partner 4U Control. The Spanish company has adapted the intelligent heating control system MAX! by eQ-3 to the requirements of the Spanish/Portuguese market. The system will first be distributed in the heating season 2013 under the brand name i€co. The heating control system can comfortably be controlled via Smartphone app from any place in the world. With the MAX! heating control system, radiators can be comfortably controlled via Internet. It consists of several devices such as wireless radiator and wall thermostats or window sensors. With the additional MAX! Eco Switch, all connected devices can be switched to Eco mode at the push of a button. The Internet connection is established via the MAX! Cube. With the MAX! Portal, the user can control all components via the local software, web browsers or the MAX! Smartphone app for iOS and Android.


Developing the smart home market in Spain

eQ-3 offers with MAX! an easy-to-sell-system focussed on energy efficiency. Developed as simple point solution, cooperation partners are offered a comfortable entry into the smart home market. The Spanish distributor 4U Control is now going to seize this opportunity. The company will distribute the heating control system by eQ-3 in Spain and Portugal first in the heating season 2013 under the brand name i€co. As experts in the Home Control branch, 4U Control has long-term experience in this field and, besides others, is member of the KNX alliance.


User-friendly operation

The system has been adapted to the requirements of the Spanish and Portuguese market. For example, the radiator thermostats can be easily mounted with an adapter set for radiator valves in different countries. The i€co Portal for remote control of devices and the corresponding Smartphone app are available in Spanish and Portuguese with individual designs. The user interface offers an intuitive design – users can for example operate and configure the heating output via a virtual wall thermostat.


Broad range of distribution channels

In the future, 4U Control will distribute i€co with different partners in the DIY sector or the Spanish telecommunications and power supply industry. The distribution channels also imply heating installers, as in many Spanish households there are no radiator valves at site. Besides i€co, the product range of 4U Control also implies stand-alone products of eQ-3, such as electronic radiator thermostats. This product range focusses on the mass market in the low-price segment to establish the smart home concept in the Spanish market.


"We are proud of our cooperation with eQ-3 as innovative partner and exited to conquer the Spanish market as pioneers in the area of intelligent heating control", says Javier Saiz, Managing Director 4U Control.  "We are looking forward to our cooperation with 4U Control and enthusiastic about the expert knowledge of our partner in the field of marketing and distribution and the fact that 4U Control is keen on promoting intelligent heating control also in Spain and Portugal", adds Christian Hösbacher, Key Account Manager eQ-3 AG.

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