IFA 2016 Focus to Include Smart Home Development
More than 70 startups and 100 companies, research institutes, universities, and industry associations will be present at this year’s IFA in Berlin.
Slated for 2 -7 September at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds (ExpoCenter City) and spread across 3,000 square meters of floor space, IFA will feature IFA TecWatch, noted as “the central hub of ideas of the markets of tomorrow”, where a lineup of lectures, panel discussions and presentations are aimed at young entrepreneurs. The German Startups Association is working closely with the IFA organizers to put together five exciting days following different themes: the Start-Up Days.
The unique program of exhibits, lectures, pitching competitions and presentations is as follows:
Friday, 2 September: Smart Home
Saturday, 3 September: Virtual Reality
Sunday, 4 September: Digital Health
Monday, 5 September: Future Mobility
Tuesday 6 September: Internet of Things
Of note to custom integrators is the smart home session, which will feature ZVEH’s e-home as a reference installation for the connected life. It presents smart home solutions for intelligent energy and atmosphere management, comfortable communication, media distribution, and security. How can different systems work together seamlessly? The e-home shows a host of successful examples in action. Many small and medium-sized companies will also present detailed solutions for life in connected homes, where the Internet of Things plays an increasingly dominant role in everyday life. Electromobility will also be discussed in relation to smart homes: The home energy management system of the future will include a charging station in the garage. The e-home presents such an example with a Tesla.
Also in the lineup is a focus on good sound, particularly 3D audio and the new MPEG-H audio codec which can pack multiple audio objects into a single sound data stream, such as different language options that can be selected via the remote control.
LED lighting is also in the spotlight in Hall 11.1. with attention paid to applications including a compact electronic component that is screwed into a socket just like a traditional bulb that can be used either as a lamp or video projector to show YouTube clips or Netflix videos on the wall.