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Ideas rewarded for the intelligent use of energy

Blieskastel, 27th March 2013

Ideas rewarded for the intelligent use of energy

Hager Group presents awards to three energy-efficient innovations at the CeBIT trade fair.

tado°, Homee and LightDim were the winners of the first "Recognition for E_nnovation @ Hager Group" awards at the beginning of March, with pioneering solutions for energy-efficient living and working. All three innovations were among the finalists of the CODE_n event, held as part of the Hanover CeBIT trade fair, which was supported by Hager Group as a sponsor and active participant. CODE_n is an important platform in Europe for young companies and fresh ideas from information technology. Founded last year by the entrepreneur Ulrich Dietz (CEO of software company GFT Technologies), this year CODE_n was dedicated to the themes of smart energy and energy efficiency. 250 start-ups from Algeria, the United States, Brazil and 32 other countries applied to participate with their solutions; the top 50 of these were guests in Hannover. The three very best were distinguished by Hager Group with the "Recognition for E_nnovation @ Hager Group" award.

The Gold recognition went to tado°, a system from the Baden-Württemberg software start-up, "Code Atelier". At the heart of their system is the tado° box, which is connected with both the Internet and the heating system, and replaces the thermostat. Via a Smartphone app, tado° gets to know the lifestyle and habits of the residents, analyses these in parallel with local weather data and adjusts the heating power appropriately. According to the calculations of the young team of inventors, a typical family could save almost 300 euros on their annual heating costs using this device.

Homee, in its turn, addresses a problem that currently afflicts many intelligent houses: Namely, the different standards used to control the heating, lighting, air conditioning and security systems. With Homee, platforms such as KNX, Zigbee, EnOcean and Z-wave can now, for the first time, be easily united and coordinated on a single device. An example: If the television is switched on at 20:00 on a Sunday, the heating warms the living room to 20 degrees while radiators in the other rooms allow the temperature to drop. This approach, developed by four former students of the University of Esslingen, was presented the "Recognition for E_nnovation @ Hager Group" silver.

We were led away from the four walls of home and far into the future of Smart Cities by LightDim, an innovation from the Spanish Lightbee Corporation and winner of the "Recognition for E_nnovation @ Hager Group" bronze award. With their control technology for LED-lights, not only street lights but also traffic signs are controlled and dimmed as required. In this way, LightDim reduces not only power consumption and heat generation of the temperature sensitive LEDs, but also extends the lifespan of this high-efficiency lighting.

All three winning teams have been invited to develop their solutions further in the coming months, with innovation teams from Hager Group. In this way the young entrepreneurs will benefit from the experience and market expertise of Hager Group - and the company will benefit from their fresh ideas and approaches. "These days, energy efficiency is very much a question of intelligent IT", says Daniel Hager, Chief Executive Officer of Hager Group. "Hence, a platform such as CODE_n offers us the possibility to find new approaches for more energy-efficient building technology. The three winners of our award are the very best examples of this."


About Hager Group
Hager Group is a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Our range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.6 billion euros (2012). Our components and applications are produced in 22 locations around the globe and customers in more than 80 countries all over the world trust in them.