Customer stories: Skellefteå first with smart home
Skellefteå was the first city to present an internationally unique solution for a practical open smart home – a shared platform for digital services in comfort, security and energy. The platform has been developed under the Smart Homes project headed by Swedish ICT.
The idea of a smart home is not new, and there are a number of different solutions on the market. Project Manager Claus Popp Larsen, Acreo Swedish ICT, explains:
“The problem is that they are often based on the providers' proprietary platforms, which means that property owners are often forced to sign an exclusive contract with a particular provider. Here we have created a platform that allows other service providers to access data and offer services. Moreover, we are working on new business models that fulfill the needs of all involved.”
Municipal power company Skellefteå Kraft now offers broadband Internet to most homes in Skellefteå, including municipal housing company Skebo's apartments. Today, home broadband is mostly used for entertainment purposes, such as TV and computers, but there is great potential to use broadband networks for other purposes, such as welfare services. This is exactly what the new solution does, based on a universal and open platform for services in energy use, comfort and property automation.
“I'm proud that Skebo is the first housing company in Sweden to be able to offer tenants the opportunity to participate in testing smart homes on a larger scale. Within a reasonable time, I believe that we will be able to offer these services to everyone,” says Patrik Sundberg, Skebo.
The aim is to offer residents increased security, greater functionality and sustainable energy use while also providing property owners with the flexibility of inviting third parties to offer their services.
The open platform has been developed in a collaboration between Skebo, Skellefteå Kraft, There Corporation, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Alleato under the direction of Acreo Swedish ICT.
The UDI project “Sustainable Open Solutions for the Smart Home” gathers 24 partners that include municipalities, housing companies, broadband providers and small and large technology companies. The project, which is funded in part by the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova, aims to create an open universal technical platform for services, as well as common business models.