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06/08/2021

New app brings the entire Smart Home together

Stuttgart, Germany

According to a McKinsey study, 67 percent of smart-home users want to be able to control all their connected products using just one app

The new Home Connect Plus app provided by the Bosch subsidiary Residential IoT Services GmbH will make it much easier to control all the appliances in a smart home. This app alone offers the ability to control the connected devices of 35 different manufacturers. In this way, Bosch aims to clear away the obstacles to the acceptance of smart-home appliances.

According to a McKinsey study, 67 percent of smart-home users want to be able to control all their connected products without any hassle, and regardless of brand, using just one app. “With our Home Connect Plus smartphone app, we are setting new standards when it comes to smart homes’ user-friendliness and interoperability. Adding the new app to our portfolio makes sense, and puts us in pole position when it comes to connected appliances,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, the Chief Digital Officer at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Since mid-May 2021, the app has been be available free of charge in all the usual app stores in Germany and Austria. The company plans to add other European countries in the years ahead.

One app for the entire smart home

The Home Connect Plus app follows a platform-agnostic approach. This allows the smart-home appliances and entire systems offered by 35 leading brands, including Bosch, Philips Hue, Sonos, Tado, Bose, Busch-Jaeger, and Homematic IP, to be connected with each other and adapted flexibly to individual requirements. “Thanks to our strong partner network, our vision of simple, manufacturer-agnostic usability of smart-home appliances is becoming reality. In the shape of Home Connect Plus, we are giving smart-home users an app that lets the connection and use of smart appliances and systems become part of their everyday lives,” says Lauri Pesonen, the CEO of Residential IoT Services GmbH.

The Bosch subsidiary Residential IoT Services GmbH plans to continuously expand its partner network and enhance it with further services and features. Instead of having to switch between different proprietary apps, users will be able to control their smart home from just one. In addition, Home Connect Plus will make it easier to set up personal smart-home automation scenarios, such as when leaving home and day/night settings. 

10 million devices connected

Bosch proclaims that the company is a driver of the internet of things in the smart home. In 2020, 10 million products – power tools, home appliances, and heating systems – were already connected. At the end of 2021, that number will be almost twice as high. In recent years, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH and its smart products have established a strong position in the market for connected security and climate-control solutions. And with Home Connect, BSH Hausgeräte has been offering an “experience world” featuring connected home appliances since 2014. Home Connect Plus is now complementing this existing portfolio with an app for all features of the home.


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