IZ Connected

Innovation Center "Vernetztes Leben - Connected Living"

Competenzzence CenterNext Generation Services
ContactProf. Dr. Sahin AlbayrakDr.-Ing. Andreas Rieger
Website: www.connected-living.org/
Partners: aizo agAOK BITKOM Deutsche Messe AGDeutsche Telekom Laboratories digitalSTROM.orgEnBW AGLoewe AGMSR-Office GmbH Orga Systems GmbHProSyst Software GmbHDr. Riedel Automatisierungstechnik GmbHSieMatic Möbelwerke GmbH & Co. KG T+Aelektroakustik GmbH & Co. KgUbisense AGVattenfall Europe AG 


Current developments in the field of consumer electronics show a strong tendency towards IT-technology and network-based products. This enables a new flexibility and new functionalities while using these devices which are based on their ability to communicate with each other and have a connection to a network-based backend system. But competitive and proprietary strategies lead to heterogenous and non-interoperable systems. As a consequence, many devices offer various features which lack usability and are not cooperating with additional systems.

Within the last years standards and open interfaces have been evolving for the creation of network-based convergent systems but these standards need to be established and implemented. Furthermore, they do not solve all of the currently detected problems, e.g. a unique operational concept.


The Innovation Center „Vernetztes Leben - Connected Living" contributes to the distribution of fundamental technologies for successful rollouts of convergent systems in order to boost innovations in the domestic area. Four major issues were identified to enable our vision of a networked home:

  1. Enhancements and promotion of open, cross-platform standards and interfaces to receive a higher interoperability of multiple manufactures. Furthermore, interbranch business developments need to be established which also include smaller market participants that had no access to this domain.
  2. Promotion of innovation through cooperation, dialogue, knowledge-transfer, advanced training and guidance.
  3. Development of a market for network-based services in the domestic area in order to promote small and medium-sized business for network-based systems.
  4. Technological integration of current and future devices for the creation of cross-device services through horizontal and vertical integration.


The assertion of our goals is based on three pillars:

  • Development of innovation
  • Distribution of innovation
  • Enhancement of innovation

The development of innovation is being pushed by addressing the potential of innovation for network-based convergent systems and promoting the development of fundamental technologies. To further evolve the potential of innovation the Innovation Center offers cooperation between market participants and researchers, as well as training and guidance opportunities. By helping our participants with new innovative business models and considering their constraints the Innovation Center helps to let the vision of a networked domestic area become a reality.

Under the label „Future Life" world-wide exhibitions are organized and carried out to distribute innovation. A manifold technical infrastructure is offered for the evaluation and integration of diverse solutions, e.g. a usability room and end-to-end platforms. With the help of this infrastructure our partners can develop and evaluate their components in direct contact with other market partners in order to offer highly modular and integrable solutions for the consumer.

The aid offered by the Innovation Center will stimulate the cooperation of market participants and scientific institutions with the goal to promote new business models. Therefore current and potential actors in the sector of home-networking, e.g. access and service providers and device manufacturers are being brought together. Three different types of corporations have been targeted so far:

  1. "Horizontal systemic integration" of different service providers from the sector of small and medium-sized businesses.
  2. "Vertical integration" across the chain of economic value added with cooperating manufacturers and service providers.
  3. "Manufacturer-User-Cooperation" with the help of intermediate-market participants, e.g. architects, and end users.