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The battle of the smart home


16 Jan, 2017 12:26 pm

GAFA, telecom operators, home automation and industrial stakeholders, energy operators, insurers... the list goes on. All of them are seeking to fill our homes with connected objects to make them safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient environments. But who is winning this battle and what are the services on offer?



- A large number of stakeholders are positioning themselves on the connected home market. The most notable companies are digital giants like Apple (Home Kit), Amazon (echo) and Samsung (SmartThings). Google is both judge and defendant in this sector, offering a web platform (Home) and its own connected objects since it took over Nest in 2014.

- Telecom operators (Orange, SFR etc.), home automation specialists (Delta Dore) and other automation experts (Somfy), electrical installation companies (Legrand), energy providers (Engie and EDF) and insurance companies (Axa, Allianz, Cardif and BNP Paribas) are also all on the scene, each working to build bridges with new partners.

- Each stakeholder has their own pitch. For example, insurance companies point to the role they can play in prevention, as connected objects lower incident rates (theft, fire, water damage, household accidents etc.). Multi-risk home insurance premiums and health insurance could be lowered for homeowners who are ready to equip their homes with such technology.
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