Home Safety Solution

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Description
The worldwide market for home safety and security systems is growing. The Internet of Things has made it easier to automate and control your home, whether you are there or not. With a smartphone, users can receive alerts and information from sensors at home: like temperature changes, fire alarms, or be notified of unwanted visitors. Our client - a Norwegian company focused on safe and smart homes in multi dwelling properties chose Agilie as a reliable partner to help in developing a cloud-based, white-label solution. This includes support for backend components, web portals, iOS and Android app development, communication with hardware devices and a web-based support tool.
Problem

Most MDUs in Europe have simple, old-fashioned smoke detectors installed in each apartment. Though they realize that a system that alerts everyone in the building is superior to this, they find the traditional cabled solutions both expensive to install and complex in use. Though good, reasonably priced solutions had started to appear for single smart home – there was nothing on the market that took the collective concern of an MDU into consideration.

Solution

Our client set out to disrupt this market with easy-to-install sensors, a local radio mesh and cloud reporting that would enable collection of sensor data and logic for notifications and alarms to all residents. The owners or administrators of the buildings should be able to easily check that everything was working – and to be notified if something required their attention (both through a simple smartphone). The system should be as easy to install as their current setup but deliver the value of a smart and modern alarm system for the building. Connection to 24/7 alarm central should be available, but optional.

To engage and show day-to-day value for the residents, they should be able to access their own sensor data and extra features like temperature notifications, motion alarms and the ability to add people they trust to their home by using their home automation app on the smartphone. For the same reason, they also chose to add personal safety features for the resident smart home app, which included both an emergency alarm triggered by the phone and the ability to share their movements with their family and friends when they walked home in the evening.

As the client had interest from strong brands within insurance and telecom, the solution was also built for whitelabeling (apps, messaging and web).

The solution would require extensive technical R&D, development and Quality Assurance from a partner that could support the range of expertise needed – and that had a great cultural fit for an innovative company based in Norway (where developers are not only an important part of delivery and execution but are also vital in product development and producing the roadmap).

Technology used:
iOS
Objective-C,
Realm database
Android
Java
Backend
Ruby on Rails,
AWS
Frontend
AngularJS
Results
10 000
10 000
The first sales-kickoff with a distributor was done near the end of 2016 – and by the end of 2017, 10.000 devices were sold and installed, mainly in Norway.
CES 2017
CES 2017
During CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the client was awarded the CES Innovation Honoree award for the solution as a whole.
Apartment example

By working with Agilie, the client got a fully-brandable iOS and Android app that allows residents to install their multidetector by connecting it to their own WiFi-network. The smart home app also supports an installer role that can handle installation for the whole building. Residents can view temperature and humidity data from their apartment, and receive alarms for low battery level, fire, temperature, humidity, or motion.
The cloud solution handles hourly status reports from all devices and utilizes machine learning to automate diagnostics and communication with residents/admins/distributor support.

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Every single month, Agilie deploys new features for all parts of the solution, which has to date not experienced any downtime or critical errors.
So far, the biggest achievement was the first (well documented) saved life. A resident had fallen asleep and did not wake up from the sound of his smoke detector while smoke was building up in the apartment. After debriefing with both the connected 24/7 alarm central as well as the local fire department that arrived at the scene of the incident, it became clear that in this situation; a regular smoke detector would not have prevented the loss of life. The fact that our client solution as in place to alarm others in the building as well as the 24/7 alarm central was what gave this dangerous situation a happy outcome.

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