VELUX Seals 'Smart Home' Partnership with Netatmo
Roof windows of the future allow homeowners to control their indoor climate from a phone
Leading window manufacturer VELUX® has announced a partnership with revolutionary smart home company Netatmo to create the windows of the future.
VELUX is working with Netatmo to develop a new range of smart windows with integrated indoor climate solutions to meet a growing consumer demand for connected devices in the home.
Smart homes and home automation are predicted to be one of the next big trends, with smart home revenue set to quadruple to almost 65 billion USD by 2020 [Statista, 2016] as consumers look to upgrade their homes through smart gadgets and home appliances.
The new range of windows, called VELUX Active, will comprise WiFi gateway and smart controls for VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows and sunscreening products, along with a control app for iOS and Android. Based on a range of indoor climate parameters, such as temperature, sunlight levels, humidity, and CO2 levels, users will be able to automate roof window and sunscreen operation, by ensuring the optimum indoor climate in a home at all times.
Both the partnership and the product concept are being announced today, in the context of CES Unveiled – the preview to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.
The first VELUX Active products are expected to launch in autumn 2017.
“Very soon your home will be able to help look after your health, by ensuring you get plenty of daylight and fresh air exactly when you need it. VELUX has been creating better living environments for our customers for more than 75 years, and this collaboration with Netatmo represents an important step forward in providing greater comfort, well-being, energy efficiency and security.”
“We’re very pleased to develop the VELUX Active solution with VELUX, leader in the roof windows industry. With this partnership, we demonstrate our ability to create solutions that fit into the house infrastructure and to directly address the B2B market. Through this collaboration, we bring our skills in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, product software integration, electronics and user experience”
The product concept for VELUX Active has also been awarded two prestigious CES 2017 awards in the Smart Home and Eco-design & Sustainable Technologies categories.
As part of its strategy on smart homes and the Internet of Things, VELUX has also collaborated with Apple, to develop products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform.
About the VELUX GroupFor 75 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights as well as a range of decoration and sun screenings, roller shutters, installation solutions and intelligent home controls. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 40 countries and around 9,500 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more information, visit www.velux.com.
Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Truly smart, Netatmo’s innovative products provide a seamless experience that helps users create a safer, healthier and more comfortable home.
Netatmo carefully designs the mechanics, electronics and embedded software of all its products to the highest standards. Netatmo also creates the mobile and web applications that fully realise their potential.
Since 2012 Netatmo has released thirteen devices and accessories, divided into four categories:
- Weather - The Personal Weather Station and its accessories, the Additional Module, the Rain Gauge and the Wind Gauge.
- Energy - The Smart Thermostat and the Smart Radiator Valves, both designed by Philippe Starck.
- Security - The security cameras Welcome, for indoor, and Presence, for outdoor, and their accessories, the Tags and the Indoor Security Siren, and the Smart Smoke Alarm
- Air care - Healthy Home Coach, the smart indoor climate monitor
Netatmo is a key player in the smart home industry, with products available through various distribution networks worldwide, from both major retailers and B2B channels.
Through its program “with Netatmo”, Netatmo develops with building industry companies new, connected solutions integrated into residential home infrastructure, whether new-build or renovation.
In November 2015 Netatmo completed a series B funding round of €30 million. The company previously raised €4.5 million in 2013.