Media Relations for a Connected World
ECN Magazine Spotlights Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
So, what is the real smart home? A refrigerator that I can change the temperature of from my car? You must be kidding. A real smart home is a home where the rooms are continuously monitored via sensors for usage and evaluated for security, comfort and convenience. This evaluation takes place “in the cloud” and enables the homeowner to control and monitor the various systems throughout the home from any web connected device, anywhere in the world. This includes arming the house if no one is home and turning on a light if someone is entering the garage. If a window gets left open, the system is smart to turn off the air conditioning or heating in that room to ensure no power is wasted. That is the real smart home, which will help us to improve security, comfort, and convenience while reducing energy costs. The real smart home of the future begins with: 1) Solid plumbing: ZigBee, an open standard that wirelessly connects devices to the set-top box or gateway, makes them controllable from any place in the house or anywhere in the world; 2) Existing applications will be first, with devices that people are using regularly, not with devices that people hardly touch: security, comfort, convenience, and energy management; 3) Cable and Internet service operators, capable of defining products (business/service models), including making installation easy/infra-structure in place to make money on the roll-out. The challenge of the smart home is not the vision; it’s the implementation of the intermediate steps needed to get us there. Currently, operators rolling out ZigBee RF remote controls and ZigBee security services are fulfilling these three requirements and creating intermediate steps toward the real smart home.