Five for Friday: Smart home solutions
Your home is your castle, and it can be smarter, safer and more comfortable thanks to these practical Finnish innovations.
In this era of modern technology, everything can be done in a smart way – from having your home cleaned to optimising its energy efficiency.
These five Finnish companies aim to improve people’s quality of life with their innovative home solutions.
What began as a product design company in 2006 has now grown into a leader in kitchen fire prevention. Headquartered in Espoo, Safera offers smart devices that can be effortlessly installed in any kitchen to ensure a safe and enjoyable cooking process.
Its latest product, Safera Sense, is the first smart cooking sensor that assists in cooking, monitors air quality and prevents home fires. In other words, it does everything that modern (and often distracted) home cooks need.
Built on Safera’s proprietary sensor technology and data analytics, Safera Sense is the perfect example of state-of-the-art smart home technology that is super practical and easy to use.
“There is no other product like this,” declared CEO Mikko Reinikainen.“It combines a stove guard, an air quality meter and a cooking application.”
Can there be anything more annoying for homeowners than enormous electricity bills? OptiWatti, a smart system that offers an easy way to adjust temperatures separately for each room, can save up to 40 per cent on heating and cooling costs without compromises on comfort.
Used through a single interface, OptiWatti monitors room temperature around the clock and adjusts it for different times of the day based on the user’s preferences. Moreover, the system learns how each individual room reacts to temperature changes and takes into account outside temperature, weather forecast and even electricity price fluctuations.
As a great bonus, installing this award-winning solution doesn’t require any major renovation work. OptiWatti promises to pay itself back in two to three years on average.
“Most people don’t know that heating can be automated like this, and often the first reaction when people hear about us is that it can’t be possible,” said co-founder Juha Marjeta. “This is typically followed by: How come no one has come up with the idea before!”
This joint venture of Finland’s Uponor and Belkin International from the US is focused on intelligent water solutions that help people to protect their homes from leakage, conserve water and save money.
Now, it’s taking water usage in homes across the US and Europe to the next level with Phyn Plus, a smart water assistant and shut-off system. Phyn Plus measures fluctuations in water pressure and alerts homeowners, via a mobile app, of abnormal water usage. It then automatically turns off the water in case of a major leak.
What makes this solution even more appealing is the fact that you don’t need to place multiple sensors around the home. One Phyn Plus in a single location will enable you to monitor your entire water system.
“Phyn’s intelligent water solution, Phyn Plus, is a great addition to Uponor’s product offering and fully in line with our strategic goals in terms of digitalisation and sustainability,” stressed Jyri Luomakoski, CEO of Uponor. “Phyn Plus protects house owners from leaks, conserves water and enhances our way of using water.”
If growing your own greens at home sounds like a smart idea, then growing them with the help of Plantui’s smart gardens is a double win. With no gardening skills needed, this unique all-in-one indoor garden device helps you to grow more than 40 different plants year-round.
“Our advantages are ease of use, optimised growth conditions and lights, superior technology and low energy consumption,” explained designer and co-founder Janne Loiske.
Plantui’s innovative technology and stylish design have sparked global interest. The company’s retail network has already expanded to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and North America.
“Plantui is responding to global megatrends: environmental awareness, urbanisation and interest in food integrity and quality,” said René Österman, the CEO at the time.
Any home, even the smartest one, needs some regular cleaning. This online platform connects customers with cleaning professionals and makes the entire process of home cleaning easier and smoother than ever before.
Targeted at younger generations who are used to buying services online, Moppi allows you to find a suitable cleaner, schedule the cleaning and pay the bill in just a couple of minutes.
Moppi’s business model is designed in such a smart way that cleaners earn more than their peers in traditional cleaning companies while customers pay significantly less.
“We wanted to create a marketplace for professional cleaners so that they can find customers, do the bookings and really focus on the cleaning,” said co-founder Matti Tiainen. “Our customers benefit from this as well.”
Text: Zhanna Koiviola
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