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Frontier: First to Bring Multi-Ecosystem Voice Control to Smart Speakers


Frontier Smart Technologies, a pioneer in Smart Audio solutions,
announces a significant enhancement to its Smart Audio platform, which
will be the first in the world to allow smart speakers, soundbars and
AVRs to be simultaneously controlled by voice-enabled devices from
Google, Amazon and Apple.

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Minuet based speaker controlled by Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Minuet based speaker controlled by Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Frontier's new "WorksWith" reference design is powered by the company's
well-established Minuet Smart Audio module and SmartSDK. This upgrade
enables Smart Audio products, without built-in microphones, to be
controlled by any voice-enabled device incorporating Google Assistant,
Amazon's Alexa Voice Services, or Apple Siri – giving consumers the
freedom to choose their preferred voice ecosystem.

Manufacturers and brands will be able to position their devices as being
controllable via any of the major voice assistant ecosystems, i.e. their
product "Works with Google Assistant", "Works with Alexa" and can be
voice-controlled via an Apple HomePod. In addition, the platform also
supports multiroom applications with Google Chromecast built-in and
Apple AirPlay 2.

The first product based on Frontier's "WorksWith" reference platform
comes from TechniSat Digital GmbH, who will be introducing their new
all-in-one music system at IFA, Berlin in September.

The DIGITRADIO 581 all-in-one music system supports Works with Google
Assistant, Works with Alexa, Works with HomePod, Chromecast built-in,
Airplay2, Internet radio, DAB/DAB+, FM radio, CD, USB playback.

Prem Rajalingham, Chief Commercial Officer, Frontier Smart

"Voice-enabled devices are transforming the audio marketplace, but
not all smart audio products require their own dedicated voice input.
With the launch of Frontier's WorksWith platform, we are enabling
digital audio brands to develop products which maintain the highest
standards in terms of audio performance – and which are also compatible
with all three of the major ecosystem platforms. TechniSat is our launch
partner on this project. We expect other brands to follow shortly."

Stefan Kön, Managing Director, TechniSat, said:

"This is our entry into the voice-controlled smart audio market. We
have chosen Frontier's solution because it allows us to develop a
class-leading music system, which can be controlled by voice-enabled
devices from Google, Amazon or Apple. For us, it is important to be
compatible with all the major ecosystems."

About Frontier Smart Technologies Group Limited

Frontier Smart Technologies is the world's leading supplier of
technology solutions for digital audio devices. Customers supplied by
Frontier include Bose, Denon, Grundig, harman/kardon, Hama, JBL,
Marshall, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Pure, Roberts, Sony,
TechniSat, UrbanEars, Yamaha, and many more.

About TechniSat Digital GmbH

TechniSat Digital GmbH was founded in 1987 with the objective of
offering high quality satellite reception technology to customers. Since
then, the company has implemented solutions for receiving and connecting
data for German-speaking countries. Today TechniSat is one of the
leading German manufacturers of entertainment electronics products. TVs,
digital radios, smart home and other lifestyle electronics are on offer.

TechniSat develops in the company's own research and development center
in Dresden and manufactures in its own production locations in Germany
and Europe. With its highly-qualified staff, TechniSat offers
development, production and service under one roof. TechniSat creates
unique solutions for the world of tomorrow in an innovative working
environment. Around the world, the TechniSat Group employs about 1,250

TechniSat is part of Techniropa Holding GmbH, a successful group of
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