Connected home for everyone – The smart home in the age of the Internet of Things

The idea behind Shareconomy, the CeBIT motto in 2020, is now being implemented by Aizo AG with Microsoft Windows Azure: Service providers such as care services and security companies or manufacturers of electrical appliances are thus being given a platform for smart home technology.

The German-Swiss company has set an open standard for smart living with its invention digitalSTROM. Thanks to decentralized intelligence, the digitalSTROM components virtually invisibly connect all the electrical devices in the house via existing power lines and can be retrofitted and expanded anywhere – even retrospectively. The basis of the open smart home system is a miniaturized terminal block with integrated chip. Innumerable functions such as light, safety or energy efficiency can now be operated intuitively using a light sensor, internet and smartphone.

New business ideas for the local economy

Based on Microsoft Windows Azure, digitalSTROM is now building an open cloud marketplace for new services for intelligent living. The Linux switching unit in the fuse box of a smart home is networked with the Microsoft cloud . In particular, facilities for assisted living, online shops and security companies will find a marketplace on the digitalSTROM platform that connects them directly to the residents and their needs via apps . At the same time, the Microsoft Cloud for the digitalSTROM ecosystem and the local app partners can be used internationally, with high performance and scalable.

Until recently, the smart home with intelligent services was a future scenario for technology-savvy builders and investment-loving individualists. This has changed with digitalSTROM: the chip-based luster terminals, which visually resemble a Lego module, connect to the existing Linux switching unit in the fuse boxes – whether in condominiums, old or new buildings.

Connecting to the Microsoft Cloud platform , residents now have access to a smart home technology services market that they can access from anywhere. The cloud opens up new possibilities for care services, energy portals or security companies : Via an app on the Windows Azure- based digitalSTROM platform, you can offer additional services such as panic buttons, energy management and fire alarms for residents who can be controlled via various mobile devices.

The global data volume multiplied by 5 by 2025

If we talk today about Big Data, we’ll have to talk about “Huge” Data tomorrow. According to a new IDC study, the total volume of data stored on our planet reach 175 Zo in 2025 or 5.3 times more than today.

At present, in 2020, the total amount of information stored in computer systems around the world reaches 33 zettabytes. According to the Data Age 2025 study of IDC analysts, however, this volume will be multiplied by 5.3 by 2025 to reach 175 Zo or 175 billion terabytes.

As IDC Senior Vice President David Reisel illustrates, if 175 Zettaoctects were stored on Blu-ray discs the stack of records would be high enough to reach the moon … 23 times .

Still according to this study, the data are less and less concentrated in the United States. In 2018, the country of Uncle Sam was overtaken by China at the rank of first “datasphere”  world. The country of Asia alone is expected to overtake the entire EMEA zone in 2025.