Life is too short for complicated manuals

The State of the Art of today’s smart home solutions often looks like this: Device-driven, app-based and silo’ed solutions. Furthermore, they are predominantly monolithic, hardwired and complicated to use when it comes to customizing settings and configuring commands. How should we make this compatible with our busy and constantly-changing lifestyles?

Together with partners such as DVM IoT Solutions or Bougyues E&S InTec AG we have worked on what we call smart orchestration, a new home orchestration experience founded on a needs-driven platform. Have a look at the video or meet John and his hearing impaired son in the below text and see for yourself:

The need to pivot from Home Automation to Intelligent Living

Take the example of John. John is a businessman, working part-time to be able to spend time with his deaf teenager son. As a notorious early adopter when it comes to the latest tech gadgets, John takes advantage of what technology has to offer to create his work/life balance as efficient, flexible and safe as possible. What really drives him is peace of mind. With a busy lifestyle in which time is scarce, John wants to devote as much of his time to being with his family and is loathe to spend a single minute on a manual or YouTube tutorial about how to set up your Smart Home systems. Any home should come “Day 1 intelligent”.

Smart Orchestration

Let’s look at an average day of John’s. It’s Tuesday evening. The next day, John has an appointment at 8am. To get an idea of his commute, he visually connects his calendar to the map and it shows him the best route with the least traffic. He then sets the alarm clock by docking it to the map as well, and the clock is now enabled to take into account the commute time.The meaningful outcome that John is looking for is the following: were traffic conditions to change during the night, the alarm clock will automatically update itself and ring earlier to make sure John will still arrive on time. It is outcomes that are meaningful to the human that really make a house “smart”.

Unexpected events are managed by the Digital Butler

In the middle of the night, a storm hits. A bot detects the storm and an automatic “storm event” sequence is triggered. The “storm event” makes sure the blinds are lowered down and the sprinklers are turned off. These control options are not hardwired – the platform is simply like a Digital Butler who understands the needs and harmonises the orchestration accordingly while John is asleep.

John’s Digital Butler also intelligently orchestrates lights, blinds, music, coffee machine and heating system as John wakes up and gets prepared. The digital butler intuitively maps human-level needs, breaks them down into commands and harmonises them over all connected devices or specific devices in selected locations. A geo-aware layout enables easy orchestration and click-efficient configuration.

Safety first

John has opted-in for smart orchestration and his house being equipped sensors and other IoT devices not only for the sake of convenience but also for safety reasons. In case of a fire, the sensors would be quick to detect it and make the alarm bell go off. To make sure that when his hard-of-hearing teenage son is hanging out with friends at home, they become aware of the smoke detector going off and the alarm is transmitted through alternative ways. Connecting the smoke detector to the scene “hearing impaired” enables the alarm signal to be transmitted as flashlight, message or through vibration.

If you want to know more about smart orchestration and its various use cases give us a shout!

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