Bosch Is Making the Smart Home Even More User-Friendly
More and more people in Germany are opting for connected appliances that interact intelligently. A study by Statista predicts that by 2025, nearly half of all households in Germany will be smart homes.
Sales of smart-home appliances are also rising steadily in Germany, growing more than 30 percent last year. By 2025, sales are expected to be worth nearly 10 billion euros. Bosch is now expanding and adding to its existing activities in the smart-home market. The new Home Connect Plus app, provided by the Bosch subsidiary Residential IoT Services, will make it much easier to control all the appliances in a smart home. Now it takes just one app, Home Connect Plus, to control the connected devices of 35 manufacturers. This way, Bosch is clearing away the obstacles to the acceptance of smart-home appliances.
According to a McKinsey study, 67 percent of smart-home users want to be able to control all their connected products without any hassle, and regardless of brand, using just one app. “With our Home Connect Plus smartphone app, we are setting new standards when it comes to smart homes’ user-friendliness and interoperability. Adding the new app to our portfolio makes sense, and puts us in pole position when it comes to connected appliances,” says Michael Bolle, the Chief Digital Officer at Bosch. Since mid-May 2021, the app has been be available free of charge in all the usual app stores in Germany and Austria. Other European countries are to be added in the years ahead.
The Home Connect Plus app follows a platform-agnostic approach. This allows the smart-home appliances and entire systems offered by 35 leading brands, including Bosch, Philips Hue, Sonos, tado, Bose, Busch-Jaeger, and Homematic IP, to be connected with each other and adapted flexibly to individual requirements. “Thanks to our strong partner network, our vision of simple, manufacturer-agnostic usability of smart-home appliances is becoming reality. In the shape of Home Connect Plus, we are giving smart-home users an app that lets the connection and use of smart appliances and systems become part of their everyday lives,” says Lauri Pesonen, the CEO of Residential IoT Services.
The Bosch subsidiary Residential IoT Services plans to continuously expand its partner network and enhance it with further services and features. Instead of having to switch between different proprietary apps, users will be able to control their smart home from just one. In addition, Home Connect Plus will make it easier to set up personal smart-home automation scenarios, such as when leaving home and day/night settings. When developing the app, special attention was devoted to making it intuitive to use and easy to personalize. The idea was that all target groups should be able to easily find their way around. For users needing to do a more complicated setup, there is a direct link to the respective product app. This way, users have a permanent overview of all their settings and remain in complete control of their smart home.