devolo enables people to discover the possibilities of our digital world: with powerful home networking for the intelligent home as well as highly secure data communication in the professional environment. devolo is therefore a driver of innovation in digitalisation - and has been since the company was founded in 2002.
Digitalisation is one of the most frequently heard buzzwords today. Its lifeblood is data. These data flow through the cables as ones and zeroes and travel through the air while finding their path from transmitter to receiver. Even back in 2002, for devolo the most important objective was to design this path to be as efficient as possible – and Powerline Communication (PLC) was and is the means to achieve it.
The founding team, led by Heiko Harbers, recognised the potential of the technology for home networking early on. PLC uses the existing electrical wiring to transmit the Internet signal – just like a long data cable. As a result, PLC avoids the problem of pure Wi-Fi solutions. When these solutions are used, ceilings and walls slow down the signal.
Performance increases and commercial success is improved
Following the successful market launch, it only took until 2005 to sell the first one million practical power socket adapters. Today, millions of households throughout Europe and beyond use solutions from devolo to distribute the Internet signal in homes and flats at the highest speed over the power grid.
Over the years, the devices have become progressively more powerful: from an initially modest 14 kbps, transmission speeds of up to 2.4 Gbps have been achieved.
Simple adapter pairs have become multi-room kits that span a continuous network throughout the home with state-of-the-art mesh WiFi functions. The current flagship products in the devolo portfolio rely on the most high-performance PLC generation as a strong backbone.
Today, a powerful home network is crucial for ensuring that major trends can lead to sustainable changes in our lives. It helps to turn the study into an executive office during video conferences, transforms the children's room into a virtual classroom through e-learning and online research, makes the hobby room become a breeding group for talent by means of tutorials, while the attic is now the fitness centre during online courses, in short: only through a strong home network can "work@home", "study@home" and "socialise@home" become an integral part of our lives - powered by devolo.
However, devolo is not only a leading provider of home networking products that end users buy in shops or online. For many years, the company has provided assistance to telecommunications companies, developing and producing individual solutions for them - including firmware, packaging and logistics. Hardly any other player in the market maintains closer, long-term partnerships with ISPs throughout Europe and beyond.
The Industry of Things is evolving
Just as smart networking is now just as important in our homes as water and electricity, it is also indispensable in industrial environments. In this context "smart" is not just a buzzword, but rather describes the profound change in business models and infrastructure that is taking place on the road to becoming the Industry of Things.
devolo is actively shaping it and contributing its many years of know-how in data transmission over existing connections in various areas. Whether globally active industry partners, medium-sized companies or the rapidly changing energy industry, partners rely on devolo wherever highly secure, high-performance data communication is required.
devolo's multifaceted commitment is also based on a strong research and development team. The share of employees in the R&D department, 45 percent, is comparatively high – this is deliberate. For devolo, the motto "Engineered in Germany" is an important competitive distinction and an expression of the pursuit of the highest quality.
Thanks to in-house development strength, devolo can contribute to research and funding projects that lay the foundation for new generations of technology. Whether the IEEE standard or the E-Mobility Project of the EU: In recent years, devolo experts have made contributions to over 20 international projects, committees and standardisation organisations.
A look at the digital future
devolo has grown from a 25-person team in Aachen, Germany to a global company with approximately 300 employees. Owner-operated and characterised by a strong team spirit, the company is worthy of its place among the competition and has its sights set firmly on the digital future. After all, the era of digitalisation has only just begun…
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devolo AG was founded
Market launch of powerline products
Development of a Europe-wide sales organisation
World's first MicroLink dLAN® high-speed adapter with 85 Mbps
One million adapters delivered
Data encryption at the touch of a button: devolo dLAN® 200 AVeasy
dLAN® 200 AVplus – the first product with integrated power outlet and mains filter
devolo AG with global innovation Powerline DVB-S – dLAN® TV Sat
Launch of dLAN® TV Sat 1300-HD
Market launch of the dLAN® 500 AV product line
devolo celebrates 10-year anniversary
Market launch of dLAN® 500 WiFi – the end of all Wi-Fi problems
devolo launches the first dLAN adapter with 1200 Mbps
devolo enters the smart home market and launches the new product portfolio devolo Home Control
Market launch of devolo GigaGate, the WiFi bridge for the multimedia centre
GreenTec Award for devolo and research project ENERGIE
devolo celebrates 15-year anniversary
Moving to the new corporate headquarters in Aachen
Market launch of devolo Magic
devolo expands into the USA