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Smart Homes Becomes a Reality

The idea of the smart home is not new, and there are a range of smart services on the market. The problem is that they are often based on incompatible technology platforms, and sold at a price point that is prohibitive for the average consumer. There is still work to be done in order to make a true smart home, in which everything works together seamlessly and cost efficiently. A new project, Sustainable Open Solutions for the Smart Home, will address these issues, with the goal of making the smart home a reality.

The project brings together 25 partners, including municipalities, housing associations and small and large businesses in order to create an open, universal technological platform for services, as well as common business models. “It hasn’t been difficult to recruit partners for this project,” explained Claus Popp Larsen, project manager and researcher at Swedish ICT. “There is great interest in offering smart, cost-effective solutions for the home, in both public and commercial spheres.”

In the two previous phases of the project, Swedish ICT and its partners have identified new technologies and business models to create the conditions for coordination and collaboration in the smart home. This has been tested to a limited extent in individual apartments.

The project has now received funding for a third stage, in which more than 100 apartments in six locations will be included. A common “smart home” platform will be created for these locations in order to test care services, energy-use and home automation. VINNOVA is funding this phase of the project with 10 million SEK over two years, with other sources contributing 15 million SEK.

“This project is an exciting step toward building the Internet of Things, through which people can communicate with a wide range of products and services,” said Claus Popp Larsen. “Much of the technology is already in place; the biggest challenges right now are establishing business models that ensure that all parties in the chain are satisfied, and building new forms of collaboration among the relevant housing associations and municipalities.

In some of the apartments in the study, an Internet of Things platform will be built from scratch. However, the other apartments in the study will work with migration and combination scenarios. Security and integrity issues will also be addressed.

By sharing equipment, rather than installing unnecessary sensors, routers and other infrastructure in homes, we can see reduction in costs and environmental impact. The project aims to demonstrate that homes and buildings with multiple IT services can share infrastructure, and that an open service platform has the potential to make it much easier for third parties to develop new services.

The project’s partners: Bostadsbolaget i Göteborg, Mimer, Skebo, Riksbyggen, Förvaltaren, Micasa, SABO, Stockholms stad, Skellefteå kommun, Sundbybergs Stadsnät, Alleato, Inteno, There Corporation, Telia, KTC, Weevio, Manodo, Clayster, Verisure, Mälarenergi Elnät, Skellefteå Kraft, Swedish ICT (koordinator) with the institutes: Acreo Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT.

Read more: https://www.acreo.se/projects/smarta-hem

This is the first major project in Swedish ICT’s new business and innovation area that will focus on the sustainable smart home, city and region - Smart Cities.

Expertise: Broadband Technology; Home and access Networks

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