Smart homes, let the transformation begin! Smart homes, let the transformation begin!

Smart homes, let the transformation begin!

Energy@home makes your home smart

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Have you ever wondered how it’s possible to turn on your heating while you’re still at the office? Have you ever thought about how much time you could save if you got a text telling you which refrigerated items you’ve run out of? Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be to have a hoover that cleans by itself?

These are just some of the things that are possible inside a Smart Home. Over recent years a transformation has been underway to make our homes really smart, enabling our home appliances to communicate with our electronic devices. But how is all this possible?

We asked Fabio Bellifemine, head of Energy@home for Telecom Italia.

Telecom Italia is working together with 23 other businesses on the Energy@home project. Let’s find out what it’s all about. 

In a few words, Energy@home is helping define the technological standards and business rules which will enable a new market of value added services for smart homes to be launched. This involves interoperating products and systems that may come from different sectors.

We started from use cases relating to the smart management of electricity consumption in our homes, a market which is worth almost 10 billion euros in Italy. From the very start, our ambition has been to focus on the home in a broader sense, the smart home, looking for operational synergies that will improve the range of services available in our homes. Smart homes are based on an open service infrastructure capable to integrating different products and services via the economies of scope to offer the consumer broadband, efficient electricity and heating management, electric cars, smart home appliances, entertainment, security and new assistance services for the elderly. The aim is to improve final value for the customer with regards to in the roles of market players and to create a user experience that is simple and consistent across all services in the home. This is certainly an ambitious goal and we are faced with many difficult challenges, but we mustn’t let these market opportunities and the benefits of an eco-system of connected products for customers slip through our fingers. We need to develop solutions that are international, interoperable and “open”. Products and services differ in terms of design, performance and advanced features. However, the proliferation of different standards and application languages fragments the market, increases costs, creates confusion and makes it difficult for the consumer to know which product to choose. Last but not least, it slows down the market.