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30.05.2012

Smart Home – Intuitive, efficient networking at home

Intelligent networking at home is no longer a dream of the future. With corresponding infrastructure, more and more devices and technical components can be integrated into an intelligent network and controlled centrally.

The possibility of integrating consumer electronics, domestic appliances, building and light controls, energy management, information technology, telecommunications, security systems and telemedicine into a network generates an enormous additional value for the user. New possibilities for accessing content, services and data, and the increase in housing security simplify and enrich the user's life through comfort and user-friendliness. A Smart Home can make it possible for elderly people to live independently for a longer period of time.
 
For the CE Division of the ZVEI, Consumer Electronics devices are at the center of intelligent home networking. Whether networked televisions (Connected TVs), tablet PCs or smartphones – they are all perfectly adapted as control centres for the entire networked household. Apps for all these appliances and types of devices with easy-to-use user interfaces that invite intuitive operation have therefore replaced manufacturer-specific, expensive special hardware – a trend that has contributed decisively to the positive market development of "Smart Home" products. The intuitive, convenient and easy use of the network is essential in order to facilitate unhindered access to the home network for all population and age groups.
 
There is also another important reason why home-network solutions are developing ever more quickly from a niche market to broad consumer markets: Modern, network-capable products are compatible with the established, open industry standards. Manufacturer-specific isolated applications are therefore becoming less important. In addition: Intelligent home networking can make a considerable contribution to energy efficiency. This aspect already has a noticeable impact on the market development.
 
In order to highlight all the topics related to home networking for the users, the ZVEI has had a joint stand with the associations VDE and ZVEH at IFA for several years. The IFA is the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. This cooperation promotes technological innovation and drives forward the implementation in industry retail and trade.

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