Tado°

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tado° GmbH
GmbH
Industry Home automation
Founded 2011 (2011)
Headquarters Munich, Germany
Key people
Christian Deilmann, Johannes Schwarz, Leopold von Bismarck
Number of employees
80[1]
Website www.tado.com

tado° GmbH is a German technology company headquartered in Munich (Germany) and a manufacturer of intelligent home climate solutions and produces thermostats and smart air conditioning controls.

History[edit]

tado° was founded in 2011 by Johannes Schwarz, Christian Deilmann, and Valentin Sawadski.[2] The company name is derived from the Japanese salutation "tadaima" ("I'm back home") and "okaeri" ("Welcome back").[3] The company's first product, tado° Heating, was launched in November 2012 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and in 2013 in the United Kingdom.[4]

In the beginning of 2014, tado° Cooling underwent a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.[5][6]

In July 2014, tado° closed a €10m ($13.6m) funding round from, among others, Target Partners and Shortcut Ventures.[7]

The company's second product, tado° Smart AC Control, for intelligent cooling was launched in Europe and the USA in June 2015. The launch event took place in New York City.[8]

Products[edit]

Besides reducing energy consumption and increasing savings the thermostat also considers the residents' overall comfort.[9] tado° detects the absence or presence of residents via smartphone and then adjusts the heating automatically. Weather forecasts and the heating properties of a home such as insulation are taken into account.[10]

One challenge for tado° is the lack of a heterogeneous heating landscape in Europe and the related integration and support of their respective control interfaces. Currently more than 5,000 different heating systems can be controlled by tado° Heating.[11][12][13]

In June 2015 tado° launched its second product, the Smart AC Control. It is not a thermostat. It turns any air conditioning unit into a smarter device.[14] tado° Smart AC Control uses a smartphone's location to be able to determine if the resident is at home or not and automatically turns the AC on or off. The air conditioner can also be manually operated via the Smart AC Control using the tado° App.[15]

In August 2017, Tado announced integration with Google Assistant, allowing customers who both had a Tado system and a Google Assistant device to control their Tado system via voice commands.[16] Example voice commands that you can use are “what’s the humidity in the bedroom?” or “Lower the Bedroom temperature by 2°C”.[17]

Awards[edit]

  • 2014: iF product design award[18]
  • 2014: iF universal design award[19]
  • 2013: eco Internet Award 2013 – Winner Category Mobile[20]
  • 2013: BITKOM Innovators' Pitch – The Best Digital Life Innovation 2013, Winner Category B2C[21]
  • 2013: Ecosummit Award 2013 Jury Winner, Smart Green Startup 2. Silver Medal[22]
  • 2013: E_nnovation Award @ Hager Group, Gold 2013[23]
  • 2012: Smart Home Award by Deutsche Telekom for the Best Startup of the Year 2012[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Munich startup Tado keeps your house cool when no one is home". Geektime. 2014-04-21. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ "tado° raises €10m from Target Partners and Shortcut Ventures". cleantechinvestor.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ "European leader in intelligent climate control tado°". Target Partners. 2014-07-16. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  5. ^ "Tado Cooling Launches On Kickstarter To Make Your AC Smart". TechCrunch. 2014-05-12. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  6. ^ "tado° Cooling - Intelligent AC control". Kickstarter. Archived from the original on 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ "tado°, the European leader in intelligent climate control". eu-startups.com. 2014-07-16. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  8. ^ "Tado's Smart AC Control Makes Any Air Conditioner Smart". TechCrunch. 2015-06-04. Archived from the original on 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  9. ^ "Finally, an end to fiddly thermostats and wasted energy". TechRadar. 2014-05-14. Archived from the original on 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  10. ^ "Smart home heating controls from tado°". heatwave-energy.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  11. ^ "Germany: Climate-KIC start-up tado° attracts €10m to fuel global expansion". climate-kic.org. 2014-07-31. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  12. ^ "Finally, an end to fiddly thermostats and wasted energy". TechRadar. 2014-05-14. Archived from the original on 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  13. ^ "Tado Cooling Launches On Kickstarter To Make Your AC Smart". TechCrunch. 2014-05-12. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  14. ^ "Tado's Smart AC Control wants to make your old air conditioner smarter". Android Central. 2015-06-04. Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  15. ^ "tado Smart AC Control can turn any AC smart". slashgear.com. 2015-06-05. Archived from the original on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  16. ^ "tado° now live with the Google Assistant". tado. 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  17. ^ "Pro Commands for Tado on Google Assistant". Best Commands. 2018-03-03. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  18. ^ "iF product design award 2014". iF International Forum Design. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  19. ^ "iF universal design award 2014" (PDF). iF International Forum Design. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  20. ^ "eco Internet Award 2013". Association of the German internet economy. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  21. ^ "Innovators' Pitch 2013". BITKOM. 2013-03-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  22. ^ "Ecosummit Award 2013". ecosummit.net. 2013-06-06. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  23. ^ "E_nnovation Award" (PDF). unglobalcompact.org. June 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  24. ^ "SmartHome Deutschland Award". Deutsche Telekom. 2012-06-27. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.

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