Smart home has entered the vocabulary in recent years as a term for different technologies used in homes and buildings, in which networked devices and systems improve the quality of living, safety levels and the efficient use of energy. For years now, the technical and technological prerequisites have evidently been in place for mass-marketable smart home solutions. Nevertheless, the smart home is still only at the beginning of the roll-out phase. New smart home technologies, platforms, and global alliances have been formed. Without a doubt, Germany is an important and growing market for smart home solutions, and German companies are leaders in many segments. Increasing competitive pressure at the international level and the formation of a variety of initiatives for various integration platforms and eco-systems characterize this trend.
Anyone taking a closer look at smart home applications will inevitably come across the concept of AAL (Active Assisted Living). This generally involves assistive technologies interacting with technology which allows users to perform tasks in a simplified way, or autonomously, which would not be possible without such technical support. Sensors installed In the home environment can record activities and request support as needed. There are clearly large areas of overlap in the smart home and AAL infrastructure. The use of integrated health and smart home technologies offers needs-based assistance and support to people and helps them retain their independence in the home environment.
The second version of the "Smart Home + Building" Standardization Roadmap examines these topics and describes existing systems. In most cases these are only optimized for individual applications and do not permit an integrated solution. Here, the standardization roadmap helps pave the way for integrated smart home solutions, and thus help Germany in its quest to become the leading Smart Home market.