Conformity and approval of smart home products

26th May 2021
Alex Lynn

The market for smart home products, AV/IT products, lights and other devices for everyday use has changed dramatically in recent years. For example, there are now many robots that do the work for their owners and take care of numerous household chores, even at affordable prices. And the market is growing. Robotic hoovers have long been part of the range.

They are joined by intelligent mops, lawnmowers and window cleaners. Lamps, washing machines and refrigerators have also become smart appliances that can be controlled via app.

"To be successful in the market from a manufacturer's point of view, smart home products must be easy for consumers to connect and operate. Because users want intuitive operation. In addition, the devices should not only function in a special smart home system, but should be able to communicate with each other in different ecosystems," said Sajid Mohammed, Department Manager Europe for Wireless and IoT at TÜV Rheinland.

“Topics such as data protection and data security are also the focus of product development and product use when it comes to smart home products. With regard to the market approval of smart home products, complex regulations and standards apply - depending on the respective target country. Different regulatory, interoperability, performance, safety and security standards are not infrequently a challenge on the part of manufacturers and can cause not inconsiderable delays in market introduction.”

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