The Bosch smart home system enriches life in three ways: it increases convenience, enhances safety, and improves energy efficiency. For example, if Stefan decides to open a window once he’s done with his shower, the window contact will tell the thermostat that the room is being ventilated. As a result, the system will automatically turn down the heat. That saves money and conserves resources. Generally speaking, temperature settings can be adjusted with the touch of a finger on a smartphone or tablet – even from outside the home. If Stefan forgets to close the window or to turn off the light, he gets a push notification about it on his cell phone as he leaves the house. Similarly, the washing machine informs him once it has completed its cycle, saving him unnecessary trips to the laundry room.
And thanks to the security function, he can rest easy knowing that his home is protected without needing to install an extra alarm system. For example, if a burglar tried to break in through a window, the window contact would alert the smoke alarm and the lighting control system: the former would sound an alarm while the lights would flash red. At the same time, Stefan would receive a warning notification and, with just the touch of a fingertip, could alert the police or a neighbor he has set as his contact for such an event. Smart connectivity par excellence. Stefan can even go off on vacation without any worries. He just activates his “away” settings on his smartphone: lights off, heating turned down, occupancy simulated by turning on lights and, say, radio – all automatically.
To give him a warm welcome upon his return, the heating is programmed to increase room temperature to 23 degrees Celsius. The lights are set to give off a pleasant red-orange glow, and the stereo plays “Coming Home” by the U.S. singer Leon Bridges.