Smart Home Associations in UK, Germany and France establish an accord in order to improve deployment of Smart Home across Europe

The Smart Homes & Buildings Association in the UK (SH&BA”), SmartHome Initiative Deutschland e.V. in Germany (“SHID”) and Fédération Française de Domotique in France (“FFD”) are three successful associations that have been able to develop a Smart Home ecosystem in their respective countries for over 10 years. Each of them has leaders and members who are well recognized in their markets.

As there are common topics across countries, the three associations have decided to leverage their efforts. The three associations will form a European committee to coordinate joint activities. Altogether, they represent more than six hundred professional members (OEMs, retailers, distributors, ISVs, integrators, telcos, and energy suppliers).

“We have been working together for the last 2 years, and this is the next step of coordinating the growth of the smart home. The concerns of the industry are not limited by national borders – our first priority is to set up a pan-European forum for our members to learn from each other, bring in common standards, and find ways of expanding the sales of their products and services,” said Adam Simon, Chair of the SH&BA.

“We look forward to working on key smart home challenges: saving energy costs while maintaining comfort in the home, optimising homecare of the elderly, anticipating the transformation of energy consumption - smart meters, green initiatives, and integrating a home into a Smart City - are examples,” said François-Xavier Jeuland, President of the FFD.

“Membership in each national organisation will automatically open up new sources of information as we establish mutual membership of each other’s associations. In this way we will provide an injection of new ideas and start a pan-European exchange,” said Günther Ohland, President of Smart Home Initiative Germany.

SH&BA                            SmartHome Initiative                                   FFD

Adam Simon                   Günther Ohland                                           Francois Xavier Jeuland

Chair                               President                                                     Président

SH&BA is based in London and was founded in 2000 – its mission is to grow the market for smart home technology products and services for people at home, in buildings and communities through the exchange of knowledge and by involvement in new business opportunities and projects. For further details please contact marketing@shaba.eu or go to shabawebsite.wordpress.com

FFD is based in Paris and was founded in 2012 – it has currently 320 professional members through a dozen industry sectors (OEMs, ISPs, distributors, retailers, Integrators, Consultants, Architects, ...). Its Mission is to promote smart home through marketing activities and to facilitate synergies between different players of the ecosystem. Moreover its role is to be the smart home representative to other professional and official organisations. For further details, please contact dlesouder@ffdomotique.org or go to www.ffdomotique.org

The “SmartHome Initiative Deutschland e.V.” is an interdisciplinary independent non-profit association. Its task is networking and exchange of experience across all participants of the value chain "SmartHome" from research, development, industry, wholesale trade, trade, crafts, utilities, housing and social economy, planners and architects www.smarthome-deutschland.de