Sunday, 7 September 2014

The smart home keeps getting smarter



Intelligent algorithms, IP-based household appliances and clever apps: smart living is becoming increasingly diverse thanks to new technologies and services. At the Internationale Funkausstellung IFA – the Berlin Radio Show – digitalSTROM, the provider of smart home solutions, will demonstrate how the innovation and product diversity of all kinds of companies, service providers and developers can be integrated in a networked home, equipped with digitalSTROM. This makes a smart home even better, adding entirely novel areas of application. The highlights at the digitalSTROM exhibition stand include semi-automated household helpers, interconnected applications for barrier-free living, the integration of water valves as well as solutions for facilitating the overall system installation. digitalSTROM invites IFA visitors to experience the current and future possibilities in the smart home from 5 to 10 September live at Stand 9 in Hall 11.1 (TecWatch).

A smart home makes life more comfortable and safer. Diverse application options allow for the intuitive control of nearly all electric household appliances. At IFA digitalSTROM will show the next development steps and demonstrate how the integration of intelligent software, services and technologies lead to new applications in a networked home.

Modern households have a growing number of appliances with open IP interfaces: 4K/UHD TV, audio solutions such as Sonos and Raumfeld, white goods from Miele or the tea maker iKettle are typical examples. These systems are integrated into the orchestration of the digitalSTROM technology and can also assume additional functions. For example, if the customer requests, a doorbell sound can be transmitted to the audio system – or digitalSTROM can make the light flash when the washing machine in the basement is finished. Digitisation can also create new living environments in bathroom and kitchen via open IP interfaces. In Berlin digitalSTROM will demonstrate how the smart home technology interacts with modern fittings from Dornbracht: it allows for setting the correct temperature of the water faucets in the kitchen with the simple speech command “Wash vegetables”. In the bathroom area, personalised shower programmes with the proper light and sound settings are available whenever desired.

Thanks to the interconnected system and the software-based intelligence, digital assistants will also help with household activities in future. The “Kochbot” downloads recipes from the Internet and performs individual work steps semi-automatically, for example in connection with the stove, the exhaust hood or the electronically controlled water faucet. This considerably facilitates fresh recipe-based cooking. Powerful algorithms are at work in the background to perform the proper steps.

A smart home system can even assist with autonomous and barrier-free living. In cooperation with the partners Fraunhofer Institute and the wheelchair manufacturer Ottobock, the wide range of applications of the digitalSTROM system can be controlled via an electronic wheelchair – in addition to the standard operation via pushbutton or mobile devices. This enables people with disabilities to master everyday tasks without outside help. The example demonstrates how even special applications are feasible in the smart home. Thanks to its smart interconnections, a digitalSTROM house can adjust to the individual abilities of the people living in it.

In Europe alone, the potential for smart home solutions is 280 million households. By simplifying the installation of the system, we want to help tap this market. To this end digitalSTROM uses Google Glass and will present an innovative application at IFA which significantly makes the system easier to configure for electricians – and which will ensure that it is perfectly installed in the home of every customer.

Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM AG, says: “A digitalSTROM smart home becomes increasingly smart, as it can integrate future innovations and technologies and thus, adjust to the changing living conditions of the people living in it. In Berlin we will demonstrate the next development steps through intelligent semi-automation as well as the persistent integration of new devices via open IP interfaces. Moreover, our technology can even assist autonomous living for the elderly and facilitate the everyday life of people with disabilities. We are pleased to be presenting these trendsetting solutions for the first time at IFA in conjunction with our partners Fraunhofer Institute and Ottobock.”

digitalSTROM interconnects all devices in a household via the existing power lines using a small, intelligent terminal block and integrates broadband devices via IP. The applications are entirely software based. Therefore there are hardly any limits for future application ideas and personal usage scenarios. Visit digitalSTROM at the 54th Berlin Radio Show (IFA) from 5 to 10 September: TecWatch, Hall 11.1, Stand 9.