Missing Smart Home Standards – Why Did No One Else See the Solution Already a Long Time Ago?

August 16, 2017

The simple answer to a question, which is bothering a whole industry.



Current hot topic: Smart homes – Hyped in one breath as the role example for IoT and highlighted at every fair. However, how many of our friends actually have a smart home? Some might have a thermostat to always feel comfortable at home, some might have a cylindrically electronic conversation partner and some might have a smart lock, which opens with the smart app on your phone. Having all these solutions, are making your house smarter in a way, but the actual downside: Just because some things in your house got a little smarter, your whole home is not a “smart home”. Why is that?


The answer is simple and also often described as the biggest challenge for smart homes solutions worldwide, no matter if the solution is provided by a small start-up company or a huge enterprise, which is based in Korea or the US. All these solutions are missing one important fact: Missing interoperability, or in other words, when a home has many solutions, but they all speak different languages, we cannot really speak of a smart home.


Biggest challenge for smart homes solutions: Missing interoperability



“When there is a problem, there is an opportunity” – Maybe it is because of the competition, maybe it is because of blindness, but the solution to this problem has been available for decades. Because what most people do not see is that every problem can be minimised with a strong common basis. Best example is a PC – Although not every software is compatible with one another, you still can use them all to satisfy your need. They all have in common that they are all compatible with the OS, which is installed on the computer.


To get to the point: The common basis for all various smart home solutions is a “system”. This system is the common ground all the smart home solutions are standing on. Figuratively speaking, once a proper system has been implemented, all solutions can plant their seeds on the common ground and create something nice all together, which makes the house smart in the end. How to choose the right system? Also for this we have a simple answer: The system should be open, allowing all solutions to interact with it and providing a huge range of further solutions by various manufacturers. Described in 3 letters: KNX