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What innovations does our country need in order to make the smart home concept a success nationwide? What technologies must be developed so that we can design buildings that are efficient and intelligent? What factors can increase the attractiveness, popularity and acceptance of these buildings vis-à-vis users? How can politics contribute, and what must research and business do to help?
These were some of the questions discussed by representatives of the German government and Hager Group at the trade fair Light + Building 2016 in Frankfurt am Main. During a tour of the ‘e-house’ set up by the Central Association of German Electrical and IT Trades (ZVEH), Dr. Andreas Goerdeler from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Johannes Hauck, Director Corporate Business Environment at Hager Group, talked about strategies and success factors for smart homes.
“Smart homes will be a central component of our comprehensively networked digital world,” explained Johannes Hauck, who chairs the smart home working group within the German government’s Hightech-Forum. “If we want them to be successful, we must learn to understand the technological challenges that users face.” In future, smart homes must be so intuitive to manage that they could be controlled without difficulty by all different kinds of user groups with varying levels of prior knowledge, he added. An autonomous and intelligent living space must be created within the building that assists users in their day-to-day life by means of automated processes and systems that are capable of adjusting and ‘learning’ independently to a large extent.
The Hightech-Forum is an initiative started by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It has been part of the government’s high-tech strategy since early 2015.
As an advisory committee on innovation policy the Forum develops proposals for strengthening innovation in Germany and further developing research and innovation policy. The relevant working group will present an interim report on the topic of smart homes – with initial recommendations for action – at the industrial technology trade fair Hannover Messe from 25th to 29th April 2016. In addition, the SmartHome2Market conference organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which takes place on 14th June 2016, will present specific measures for cooperation between companies in order to develop interoperable and user-friendly smart home solutions.
“A joint think tank such as the Hightech-Forum is an incredibly valuable tool for joining forces, sharing knowledge and leveraging the enormous potential offered by smart homes,” said Mr. Hauck. “For that reason we really welcome this government initiative – and we look forward to Hager Group being able to make a contribution.”
On Friday 18th March, the State Secretary of Saarland, Jürgen Barke, will visit Hager Group at Light + Building.
Already before his visit Mr. Barke points out how important the presence of the company at this outstanding fair is for himself and the region as a business location. “Thanks to its forward-looking energy concepts, Hager Group is making a significant contribution to increasing our country’s competitiveness and securing our future. This company stands for innovation in the Saarland economy and beyond. I am delighted that Hager Group is presenting its innovative ideas and latest technological solutions to a wide audience at Light + Building 2016 trade fair, showing just what is possible here, in this Land of Ideas.”
About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its 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 family-run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry’s innovation leaders. 11,650 employees generate sales of around 1.9 billion Euro. Components and solutions are produced at 28 locations around the globe and customers in 129 countries all over the world trust in them.
Visitors at Light + Building during their guided tour of the ZVEH ‘e-house’.