Today we want to have a closer look at the sublabel LUMI, in the Smarthome area of Xiaomi, in this article. But to get an insight into the whole IoT (Internet of Things) system of Xiaomi, let’s go a bit deeper and see how the different brandings are linked to each other.
Xiaomi is a great player in the global market when it comes to the IoT industry, which is due to its intelligent market strategy and a clever investment in recent years in various companies in China. They are not just any companies, but each of these companies is innovative & talented and belongs to the market leaders in its field within China. In addition, investments were usually only made in future-oriented companies, which all have one goal in mind, and that is to achieve it: “Making the world a bit better”.
Who is behind the main label of the Smarthome Eco-System from Xiaomi, with all the gateways, sensors, etc.?
First of all, there is the label MIJIA behind it or, for some other components, the label AQARA. These two labels are the main components for Xiaomi’s Smarthome system. Some products carry the Mijia logo and other components carry the AQARA logo on the case, but both are actually the same company or in other words the same branding. Mijia represents the general network there meanwhile and therefore one finds the reference “Designed for Mijia” also with some other products, from other manufacturers. Just like you know it from Google for some products … works with Google Assistant … which is about the same, only from Google itself.
But who or what is LUMI now ?
Originally the company was founded as Lutuo Technology in 2010. The aim of the young company was to become a pioneer in discovering future-oriented “green” technologies. These should get by with little energy and at the same time enable a smart lifestyle.
When they entered into a partnership with EnOcean Dolphin, some truly innovative products came to light. EnOcean specialized in wireless products that require very little power or even no power at all. In other words: “Products that generate energy to run on their own, sometimes completely without using a battery”.
Lutuo becomes LUMI
In 2013, the whole story started with IoT and this was also the year when Xiaomi took a lot of money into their hands to invest in a variety of companies. Xiaomi published a 5 year plan in which it declared to invest in about 100 start-up companies. Said… done !
Thanks to the financial injections by Xiaomi, especially many smaller companies could grow rapidly, in a very short period of time. In return, Xiaomi very quickly received results delivered by most companies and was able to enter the IoT market with strong & innovative products. Many of them now produce directly for the main label Mijia.
LUMI is one of these companies and Aqara, when it comes to switches, sensors or gateways, is a sub-label of LUMI. Lutuo Technologies and Xiaomi merged in 2014 to form the new sub-label Lumi United Technologies… short LUMI
Zigbee & LUMI
Instead of designing expensive, completely battery-free products, NXP Semiconductors was chosen as the partner. This partnership enabled the adoption of the JN516x Zigbee Low-Power Wireless Solution Chip. This turned out to be a very successful partnership. Thanks to this small chip, it was also possible to design devices that could work with very little power for a long time without interruption. Small CR2032 batteries, which are also used in wristwatches, were sufficient for this. The consumption is about the same as in a wristwatch. Any product that is equipped with this Zigbee chipset runs under the flag of LUMI.
Aqara has already been told how it stands for the main label LUMI, it is a sublabel. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t bring products onto the market independently that don’t belong to the Mijia IoT system. Because under the sublabel Aqara there will also be products in the future which will not work with the Mijia system, but with the Apple Homekit. So in the future you have to open your eyes when you look at the products. A new gateway hub has already been announced, which will not work or be compatible with the Mijia system from Xiaomi and will be sold under the label Aqara. Xiaomi as the main representative wants to score with its Smarthome products in Europe and especially in Germany and is already preparing for it. Therefore we will probably see more IoT products here in Europe very soon and also very soon in Germany, probably under the label Aqara & Mijia.
More Aqara products can be found here: https://www.aqara.com