The initiative started last October and still involves some of the main players in the smart home market, including device manufacturers and system integrators (such as Bticino, Dice, Edison, Ezviz, Beeta by Tera and Vimar) and six months of distance, the time has come to put the achieved results on the table.
The hackaton “Open Lab Smart Home: Time to Hack!” wanted and promoted by the IoT Lab of the Politecnico di Milano, it brought together several teams of university students and home automation enthusiasts who had the opportunity to work with the technologies and solutions made available by the partner companies to create an intelligent and connected, develop new use cases and demonstrate that interoperability between the various ecosystems of individual vendors is achievable.
The connected home scenario
«The pandemic – explained Giovanni Miragliotta, one of the scientific managers of the IoT Lab – has brought us closer to our homes than ever before, transforming them into multifunctional spaces where work, school and private life of its inhabitants must coexist. The smart home evolves in response to the new needs of those who live there, demonstrating that it has the potential to offer solutions to these problems: on a technical level, this is made possible by integration technologies at the field, cloud and voice assistants level “.
According to experts, integration is still the key point for building smart ecosystems that can offer more functionality than single devices and it is no coincidence that the improvement of the user experience given by the greater interoperability between smart devices (coupled with growing consumer interest in home functionality automation) will result in a dramatic increase in home functionality sales over the next few years.
According to IDC, from the more than 801 million smart home devices sold in 2020, an increase of 4.5% compared to the previous year, it will increase to 1.4 billion by 2025 thanks to double-digit growth year-on-year. year.