This past week, I had a great meeting with Powercom, a company offering Smart Grid and smart metering implementation. Powercom is one of ECI’s partners for smart grid, as we complement each other when we offer smart solutions for operators and utilities around the world. I met with Powercom in ecity, our unique demo facility, addressing the residential and business end-user experience. In ecity, ECI showcases all our platforms and solutions, and demonstrates how they translate into real services and applications to the end user. To this end, we are implementing the whole concept of smart homes and businesses, and Powercom is one of the companies supporting this effort. But what made the meeting “great” is what I learned:
The bottom line is that the connected and extended home comes in many formats. Yes, I would like to get my content in my home and work computers, tablet and cell phones, etc. But for me, the connected home goes beyond entertainment and convenience – it means increasing my quality of life. With the technology available to us today – smart home – I can control more, faster and farther way. Sure, the entertainment is nice. But I am not losing sleep over it. My pain point relates to my family’s safety and comfort, and my ability not only to afford it, but to understand it and make it work for me. It cannot be something out of science fiction. It needs to be real.
A dream? Not for long. If you build it they will come.