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The digitalisation of applications for use in private households is gaining momentum. And it’s not just about more convenience – this new technology can also anticipate people’s energy needs and allow the elderly to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Thanks to a wide range of networked household devices and remote-controlled appliances, the market for smart living technologies is becoming more and more important.
Companies such as Hager Group are developing innovative solutions that are increasingly tailored to consumers’ needs. But we, as well as and other businesses, still face considerable practical challenges. For example, tradespeople who install our products and solutions are having to work together with other trades to a growing extent. We also have to ensure that users can operate the new solutions safely and with a minimum of fuss. And some people will still need convincing before they’re prepared to give this new technology a try.
The Smart Living Business Initiative (German: Wirtschaftsinitiative Smart Living) was launched in March 2017 so that companies and organisations could work together to overcome these obstacles.
As well as Hager Group, over seventy German businesses, professional associations and other organisations are now involved. The Smart Living office coordinates and supports the group’s activities on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The aim of the project is to get German companies working together to bring innovations to market more quickly, overcome existing hurdles and develop future-proof market strategies.
For this to happen, we need an ongoing dialogue with politics. At an evening event for parliamentary representatives in October 2018, our very own Johannes Hauck, deputy head of the steering committee of the Initiative and Director of New Business & Regulatory Environment at Hager Group, talked to political decision-makers. His verdict? “It was a great way to kick off the dialogue with politicians. We plan to go into much greater depth at future events with individual committees.” You can find out more about the initiative here.