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Blog | 29. März 2017

TODAY’S SMART HOME IS TOMORROW’S STANDARD HOME

The electronics company Schneider Electric and the Berlin startup KIWI.KI had a great idea – why not combine our products? No sooner said than done. They have combined KIWI.KI’s keyless door technology with Schneider Electric’s building communication systems and have made the lives of property managers everywhere a great deal easier. Access rights can now be changed far more easily when tenants move in or out. The significant costs incurred when someone loses their keys are also a thing of the past. And service providers who need access to the property, such as delivery companies, garbage companies, suppliers, meter readers and workmen, no longer need to carry big bunches of keys around with them as they can now be granted access to the building remotely. Such systems are set to adopted widely in Berlin and a large number of housing companies have already implemented the technology – one percent of the front doors in Berlin will soon open without a key (says KIWI.KI). And the figure will only grow.

SMART HOME = INTUITIVE HOME

Apps for tenants and virtual notice boards in apartment buildings have become commonplace. Complaints, suggestions, notification of defects – all of these can be communicated to property managers via apps. When tenants need something repaired, their message goes directly to their landlord’s emergency hotline day or night, and tenants can even attach two photos to their message, and suggest two potential appointments for a workman to come and carry out the repairs. The benefits: There is often no need for any advance inspections and it is far easier to arrange appointments.
All of these new possibilities rely on the smartphone. Nowadays, nothing is possible without our multi-purpose devices, and, at least in theory, they make anything and everything possible. Unfortunately, technical innovations are not yet always the order of the day in our day-to-day lives. Many people still dismiss such developments as pipe dreams, and some are even suspicious or dismayed at the fast pace of change. On top of this, there are concerns that too much private data could end up in the wrong hands. This is one of the major reasons why Smart Homes are still the exception, rather than the rule. Intelligently regulated heating, turning the washing machine on, keeping track of what’s in the fridge or deciding whether a light should be switched off in order to save energy – no problem for the smartphone-controlled, intuitive smart home.

MORE COMFORT, LESS RISK

Smart Home systems that efficiently network people and technology can actually protect us and our homes from danger. If a smouldering fire breaks out, an intelligent smoke detector can send an automatic warning to the user’s smartphone. No one will ever have to go on vacation again worrying about whether they remembered to switch off their iron or coffee machine. Just one click and we’ll be able to check up on things at home and, if necessary, switch off an individual plug socket remotely. What might seem alien to many tenants, landlords and homeowners today will become the standard of tomorrow. Home automation will ensure that our homes become more comfortable and – despite a number of concerns – safer.
Only half of those who took part in a recent survey carried out by Bitkom, Germany’s digital association, could explain what a “Smart Home” is – a network of household technologies, appliances and consumer electronics. The survey found that, among those who are already taking advantage of Smart Home technologies, enhanced security is the number one factor. Approximately 61 percent of users have installed intelligent technologies to protect their homes. The survey also showed that Smart Home systems are being used in combination with mechanical security systems to help scare intruders away or secure their subsequent conviction.

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Blog | 29. März 2017

TODAY’S SMART HOME IS TOMORROW’S STANDARD HOME

The electronics company Schneider Electric and the Berlin startup KIWI.KI had a great idea – why not combine our products? No sooner said than done. They have combined KIWI.KI’s keyless door technology with Schneider Electric’s building communication systems and have made the lives of property managers everywhere a great deal easier. Access rights can now be changed far more easily when tenants move in or out. The significant costs incurred when someone loses their keys are also a thing of the past. And service providers who need access to the property, such as delivery companies, garbage companies, suppliers, meter readers and workmen, no longer need to carry big bunches of keys around with them as they can now be granted access to the building remotely. Such systems are set to adopted widely in Berlin and a large number of housing companies have already implemented the technology – one percent of the front doors in Berlin will soon open without a key (says KIWI.KI). And the figure will only grow.

SMART HOME = INTUITIVE HOME

Apps for tenants and virtual notice boards in apartment buildings have become commonplace. Complaints, suggestions, notification of defects – all of these can be communicated to property managers via apps. When tenants need something repaired, their message goes directly to their landlord’s emergency hotline day or night, and tenants can even attach two photos to their message, and suggest two potential appointments for a workman to come and carry out the repairs. The benefits: There is often no need for any advance inspections and it is far easier to arrange appointments.
All of these new possibilities rely on the smartphone. Nowadays, nothing is possible without our multi-purpose devices, and, at least in theory, they make anything and everything possible. Unfortunately, technical innovations are not yet always the order of the day in our day-to-day lives. Many people still dismiss such developments as pipe dreams, and some are even suspicious or dismayed at the fast pace of change. On top of this, there are concerns that too much private data could end up in the wrong hands. This is one of the major reasons why Smart Homes are still the exception, rather than the rule. Intelligently regulated heating, turning the washing machine on, keeping track of what’s in the fridge or deciding whether a light should be switched off in order to save energy – no problem for the smartphone-controlled, intuitive smart home.

MORE COMFORT, LESS RISK

Smart Home systems that efficiently network people and technology can actually protect us and our homes from danger. If a smouldering fire breaks out, an intelligent smoke detector can send an automatic warning to the user’s smartphone. No one will ever have to go on vacation again worrying about whether they remembered to switch off their iron or coffee machine. Just one click and we’ll be able to check up on things at home and, if necessary, switch off an individual plug socket remotely. What might seem alien to many tenants, landlords and homeowners today will become the standard of tomorrow. Home automation will ensure that our homes become more comfortable and – despite a number of concerns – safer.
Only half of those who took part in a recent survey carried out by Bitkom, Germany’s digital association, could explain what a “Smart Home” is – a network of household technologies, appliances and consumer electronics. The survey found that, among those who are already taking advantage of Smart Home technologies, enhanced security is the number one factor. Approximately 61 percent of users have installed intelligent technologies to protect their homes. The survey also showed that Smart Home systems are being used in combination with mechanical security systems to help scare intruders away or secure their subsequent conviction.

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