Activate the gate to your home from your car with just a word, turn on your living room lights without leaving the couch, return from work to a perfectly heated home, or close meeting room windows with a click to protect against a storm. When it comes to energy efficiency, air quality, shared space management, predictive maintenance, and dependent care, the connected home and building revolution is underway! Use cases—half of which didn’t even exist five years ago—are expanding and bringing occupants increasingly more convenience, well-being, and security.

The automotive sector has also transformed thanks to innovations developed in the past few years, making cars a “connected object” as well. With ever larger onboard and mobile screens and with sensors capable of tracking users’ slightest information, gestures, and moods, connected cars are also expected to become a digital interface in their own right. Technology can now measure comfort, provide entertainment, and manage a car’s external environment using multisensory interactions (voice, gestures, and gaze) and sensors placed inside the car.


Interconnection of vehicle and home uses

Through its innovative Natural Interaction, the car manufacturer BMW offers a system that combines gaze recognition, gesture controls, and voice commands. The system was presented at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will be available in vehicles in 2021. With gesture recognition and a high level of connectivity for the car, interactions are no longer confined to the interior of the vehicle. They can also include its exterior. Occupants can now interact with their direct environment, including buildings and parking lots, for improved access control and parking, for example. Find out when a restaurant is open, locate the nearest post office, or learn about a cultural site. Even better, it will soon be possible to ask more complex questions, such as “Can I park in this lot, and how much does it cost?”

Also within this niche, TomTom, through its TomTom Parking services, offers an efficient, stress-free parking experience, informing the driver of available parking spaces along the route and close to their destination.

As with homes and buildings, user–vehicle relationships are sure to evolve through the emergence of new connected services promoted by increasingly more accessible networks, the possibility of getting more and more useful real-time data, and the growing number of vehicles on the road. All this will be accompanied by a significant increase in the volume of data that is collected, requiring network connections and data streaming to and from the vehicle, as well as high levels of security.

Through its IoT solutions for connected homes and buildings, the French company Overkiz is positioned as the official partner–supplier of these “enhanced digital interactions.” From the basement to the attic, the front gate to the utility room, and even including the intercom system, Overkiz (a member of the Somfy Group) presents a market offering that is increasingly popular among home equipment suppliers. Combining its home automation solutions with sensory-based technological innovations, Overkiz makes it possible to control the home’s devices by voice, from behind the wheel of their connected vehicle. Just say “Ok Google, I’m home“, and your home entrance gate opens automatically. It is also possible to associate a scenario—for example, “winter evening“—to a group of simultaneous actions: closing the shutters, turning on ambient lighting, and automatically setting the thermostat to 21°C.

By building technological partnerships with trusted businesses, Overkiz promotes and ensures equipment interoperability and maximum security, fostering the emergence of connected services for single-family residential homes and collective homes and expanding interconnections in vehicle/home use.


number of connected vehicles in the world by 2020 (source: Gartner research firm)

number of connected vehicles on the road in France in 2021 (source: Statista online portal)

connected services and technology market for automobiles in 2020 (source: PwC audit firm)

This article was proposed by Overkizthe IoT platform for smart homes and buildings.

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