Imagine that you have an application that connects to broadly-understood smart devices of everyday use in your home in a general sense: a washing machine, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, lighting, smoke sensors or a vacuum cleaner. Are we already in the future inspired by Stanisław Lem’s works and should we be afraid that our toaster will offer to make supper for us?

It may still be too early for this, but the awareness that we can program our apartment or house so that it would be perfectly prepared for our return from work or from a longer journey may bring much pleasure to many persons and make their life more comfortable. Example? When the sun rises, roller blinds open automatically and we wake up to delicate music. After a while, the coffee machine informs us that our freshly ground coffee is already brewed. A fairy tale? Not necessarily. It is already happening.

The Internet of Things is a lasting trend focusing on solutions that may independently or indirectly collect, process and exchange data online between themselves and users. The IoT area is handled by many start-ups or companies from the modern technology and homeware area. What new quality could a company specialising in business transformation contribute to this field?

What language does the washing machine speak?

Before starting the development project for a smart home management application, it is very important to gather all information about the given solution and to try to find out what we can “talk” about with our home devices and which programming language is best for doing this. In this case: what we can expect from specific household appliances, audio/video devices or other smart electronic devices in our home (alarm systems, cameras, roller blinds, smoke sensors, air purifiers, etc.). In this way, we learn what a given device is able to do and how it can be programmed to operate in accordance with the user’s expectations.

Proven quality and safety

In the course of development of its Digital Software Services, Hicron entered into co-operation with a German start-up designing an application that supports smart home management. The first project within this co-operation is the pilot version of the development of the customer’s application towards management of smoke sensors in a given residential unit. ‘The project team is small, but our people do believe that the mobile world will continue to develop and improve. On the basis of its long-term experience in co-operation with diversified enterprises, Hicron ensures the proven quality and safety of this type of products to its customers. We like using our experience gained from co-operation with global business leaders in our work on unconventional projects covering IoT and other areas,’ says Marcin Połulich, Head of Digital Software Services.