The famous refrigerator, which orders food on the Internet independently, is as old as ISDN – and that was before the World Wide Web, that is, in the distant past. Yet the numerous attempts to realize this obvious business process between private household and trade have failed mercilessly. Why does “replenishment” work, as it is called in the language of logistics, i.e. the automatic replenishment of stocks, in the warehouse but not in the household?
The reason: nobody always buys the same thing, unlike in industrial warehouses, where a clearly defined quantity of articles has to be replenished according to material requirements planning within specified periods. The refrigerator is simply not smart enough to analyse consumer habits. If you want to build smart homes, you have to start with simple processes that don’t have as many variants as a shopping basket full of food. That’s why classic smart home offerings focus on processes relating to light, heat and entertainment.
We at actesy have now extended this approach with the help of the actesy metadata framework. For Aderal AG, we are currently planning an integrated smart home concept that supports practically all activities of a hotel guest with apps on the smartphone: from booking the room and events, check-in and check-out including payment process to room temperature control, lighting, entertainment offers, room service and, of course, Internet use. At the same time there is information about surrounding offers from car sharing to sailing trips.