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The future of smart homes –
improving indoor climate through technology

Today, more and more products in the home are online and inter-connected. As large technology companies such as Apple launch their own platforms for smart home functionality, homes of the future will become more automated, providing greater energy efficiency, convenience, comfort and well-being.

In August 2016, VELUX announced a collaboration with Apple to develop products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform. VELUX is one of a small number of companies that is currently working with Apple to develop products for this platform, and this collaboration is part of our ongoing innovation strategy. More information on the Apple collaboration can be found here.

Also, in January 2017, VELUX announced a partnership agreement with innovative consumer technology company NETATMO, to develop a range of smart home products under the name VELUX ACTIVE. These products, available in July 2018, will provide WiFi connectivity and smart controls for VELUX Integra roof windows and sunscreening products, along with a control app for iOS and Android devices. Based on a range of indoor climate parameters, such as temperature, sunlight levels, humidity and CO2 levels, users will be able to automate window and sunscreen operation – thereby ensuring the optimum indoor climate at home at all times. If you want to be among the first to know when the product is available, please sign up via this link. More information on the partnership with NETATMO can be found here.

For many decades now, books and films have been imagining a future where your home would become computerized and automated, taking care of itself and of you at the same time. For some time, though, home automation has really been limited to an electric garage with infrared remote, or perhaps electrically operated shutters and curtains. In the last few years, however, we have seen this science-“fiction” become a science-“reality” with more and more products created to connect and communicate with each other. The catalyst for all of this is a high level of high-speed internet penetration in the developed world, meaning that products can be designed to continually update their own software, and be “aware” of the status of other enabled devices.

Very soon, your home will be able to help look after your health, by ensuring you get plenty of daylight and fresh air exactly when you need it

Keith Riddle, Senior Vice President, Sales & Management, The VELUX Group
In practice, this means that in future we will be able to rely more and more on our own homes to regulate our environments for us, based on our own desires and the ability of the appliances we use to “learn” about our habits and preferences. Smart homes and home automation are predicted to be one of the next big consumer trends, with smart home revenue set to quadruple to almost 65m USD by 2020 [Statista, 2016].

Smart home appliances and applications should not just be designed to make our lives easier and safer – they should also make our living environments healthier and more efficient. The VELUX Group sees huge potential here. We’ve been working to provide better indoor environments with plenty of natural light and fresh air for more than 75 years, so we see smart homes as an important avenue for development, and 2018 will see exciting deployments in the smart home arena. Watch this space!

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