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Universal Electronics and Microsoft partner on digital assistant platform for the home

Nevo Butler includes an integrated digital assistant, as well as a range of turnkey kits addressing entertainment control

Universal Electronics and Microsoft have developed a new digital assistant platform for the home built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using artificial intelligence and internet of things services.

The white-label smart home hub platform, Nevo Butler, includes an integrated digital assistant, as well as a range of turnkey kits addressing home safety and security, energy management, and entertainment control, in residential or hospitality domains.

Nevo Butler is an end-to-end voice-enabled smart home hub with nevo.ai integrated and built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform leveraging Azure IoT and AI services, including Microsoft’s virtual assistant solution with Azure Bot Service and Azure Cognitive Services.

“With Nevo Butler, we are democratising access to an essential technology where consumer’s brands and service providers can quickly and efficiently deliver new services across many categories. Our sensors and hubs are pre-integrated with a configurable digital assistant where these brands can remain in charge of the relationship with the end consumer,” said Arsham Hatambeiki, SVP product and technology for Universal Electronics Inc.

“Today and in the future, we assume every home product experience will become frictionless, controlled naturally through conversation and voice, in a personalised and trusted experience,” added Lili Cheng, CVP, Conversational AI. “By partnering with UEI on Nevo Butler and Quickset Cloud, we will enable UEI customers to create custom virtual assistant solutions, for millions of home products, powered by Microsoft’s AI and Azure IoT services.”

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