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Eve Smart Home: This is how the switch to Matter works in Early Access

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As announced, the new smart home standard Matter starts today for the Eve smart home system. However, since neither Apple, nor Amazon nor Google are that far along, Matter-Start will initially be rolled out as part of an early access program, contrary to what was originally planned.

Matter is available as an upgrade for three previously sold Eve devices in the first phase of the rollout: Eve Motion, Eve Energy and Eve Door & Window. Since Google and Amazon have not yet rolled out Matter support, participation in Eve’s Early Access program still requires Apple devices such as an iPhone or iPad and a HomePod mini or an Apple TV 4K (2nd generation / 3rd generation). Generation 128 GB) as border routers that are already using the beta version of iOS, iPadOS or tvOS 16.2. Apple only supports Matter with version 16.2 – the final iOS 16.2 could be released tomorrow.

Interested users who meet the requirements can register for the Eve Early Access program via the website evehome.com/de/meet-matter. After individual activation, you will receive a test flight link to install a beta version of the Eve app, which allows you to upgrade the devices to Matter. In principle, anyone can take part in the program, there should not be any restrictions at first.

Matter upgrade for the Eve Smart Home (Image: Eve Systems)

Create Matter QR code in the app

You can then start upgrading the devices in the app. For the upgrade, the HomeKit code must first be scanned again from the device in order to clearly identify it. In the next step, a Matter Setup QR code is created in the app, which the user must save. It will replace the HomeKit code in the future and must be kept safe. The user can either save it on the device, print it out or send it to other devices. In order to ensure that the user does not ignore this step, this matter code must be scanned again in the next step. It must therefore be displayed on a second device or printed out in order to be able to scan it. The actual Matter upgrade then begins, which can take around 10 to 15 minutes.

After the upgrade, the device must be re-integrated into the Eve app, for which the Matter code must be scanned again. The device is now re-added as a Matter device. Eve takes over all the data from the previously set up device and also tries to restore all scenes and automations in which the device was integrated before the upgrade.

No way back

The important thing to know is that upgrading to Matter is a one-way street. Devices that have been upgraded cannot be downgraded afterwards, although this should not be necessary.

SmartThings for Android

After the upgrade, the SmartThings app can also be used on an Android smartphone to control the three Eve devices. However, this requires a SmartThings Hub v3. Eve describes details in a support entry for using SmartThings.

How long the early access phase will last is not yet clear. This certainly depends on the one hand on the feedback from the users, but on the other hand also on the schedule of the major manufacturers such as Apple, Google and Amazon. Eve also plans to release an Android app early next year to go beyond just supporting Apple.

On sale with Matter Code in Q1 2023

Eve devices with Matter firmware preinstalled at the factory, meaning no iOS device is required for setup, will go on sale during the first quarter of 2023. They are identified by a corresponding imprint and then also have the necessary Matter QR code for setup.

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Familiados launches an app to search for and manage external accompaniments in residences

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Familiados continues to innovate and has just launched a new service. The Spanish startup is committed to Familiados Sociosanitario, a special solution for residences and centers where Users need support.

Through it, centers can register their residents, find professionals in the area for accompaniments, facilitate payment to the resident through SEPA, manage extra expenses and have civil liability and accident insurance.

Offers to find companions are published on the map of Families and professionals sign up freely. Then the center chooses the most appropriate profile, and closes the accompaniment. All in less than 10 minutes. And with the confidence that the Familiados team makes a preflight of all the profiles of the platform, so trust is assured on the way out.

As a complement to the management of accompaniments, socio-health centers can also search for personnel to cover sick leave, contracts, etc. Familiarized allows them to find professional profiles such as nurses, nursing assistants or technicians in care for people in a situation of dependency, among others.

As Ernesto Bravo, CEO and founder of Familiados, explains: “When the time comes for a resident to go out for a medical visit, a diagnostic test, or just to run an errand, the normal thing is that no one can leave their job and accompany them. Precisely because of the shortage of personnel”.

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“In these cases, the residence has to find an external companion, and it is not always an easy task, for this reason we believe that Familiados Sociosanitario is a solution that can help regulate and professionalize this problem.”

double digit growth

The home care sector is in full bloom, and with it the companies that provide services related to it. In the specific case of Familiados, the Navarra startup reports that has doubled the published offers and the hours of care compared to 2021. Specifically, in Familiados, almost 35,000 job offers have been published this year, covering a total of 400,000 hours, a record for the platform.

The growth of Familiados is also noticeable in the number of care professionals who offer their services on its platform, which now reaches 6,000 throughout the national territory (50% more than in 2021). 30% of these caregivers are specialized exclusively in caring for children, 15% exclusively in caring for the elderly and the rest, 55%, are versatile: they can care for both children and the elderly.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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User needs

This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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