Flat-share-housing of tomorrow
The partnership on Markgrafenstrasse between Deutsche Wohnen, the Institute of Electronic Business and iHaus AG has been up and running for some time now. Alexa, the web-based smart personal assistant, controls the lighting, coffee machine and entertainment technology on schedule and on demand. But the full smart package covers much more: controllable light bulbs, smart smoke alarms, Wi-Fi sockets, an energy-efficient heating control system and window sensors.
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The tenants no longer have to worry whether the windows are closed when it starts raining. What about switching the heating on before you get home? No problem. Everything is easy to control via app, even if you’re in a packed underground carriage. The system also has health covered: ceiling sensors send a warning if the carbon dioxide content in the air is too high. Then it’s time to get some fresh air going. And as for the usual discussions about tiresome housework between flatmates: these are also no longer an issue with the ‘smart flat-share’, as there is also an app that shares the tasks between the flatmates and awards points for completion.
Incidentally, if you’d like to see just what a ‘smart home’ looks like, you can visit the flat-share website: diesmartwg.com.