European Smart Home Players Join Forces

Associations in UK, Germany and France will share knowledge and drive sales

Three smart home associations in the UK, Germany and France have teamed up to drive deployments and meet growing consumer demand across Europe. The partnership agreement was announced in the IFA Smart Home pavilion yesterday.

The Smart Home M2M market in Western Europe has been predicted to grow at a CAGR of nearly 50% between 2015-2019, according to Orbis Research.

In response, the UK’s Smart Homes & Buildings Association (SH&BA), Germany’s SmartHome Initiative Deutschland e.V. (SHID) and the Fédération Française de Domotique (FFD) have formed a European committee to better co-ordinate joint activities.

The three bodies have successfully developed smart home ecosystems in their respective countries for over a decade, representing over 600 professional members, including OEMs, retailers, distributors, ISVs, integrators, telcos, and energy suppliers.

“Membership in each national organisation will automatically open up new sources of information as we establish mutual membership of each other’s associations,” Günther Ohland, President of Smart Home Initiative Germany said. “In this way, we will provide an injection of new ideas and start a pan- European exchange”.

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Photo: Adam Simon, Chair of SH&BA ; Günther Ohland, President SmartHome Association Germany ; Benoît Van den Bulcke, Consultant Expert SmartHome/Building/IoT (l. t r.)