Japan has witnessed a constantly rising demand for a safe and secure living environment. That is owing to the growing rising number of senior citizens in the country. Also, the physical location of the island country makes it severely prone to natural calamities.
The smart home market in Japan has seen massive growth in the past couple of years. It was pegged to be about 3 Billion USD in the year 2018, and it is expected to evolve into a 12-15 Billion USD range market by 2025.
Let's take a look at some of the brands and companies which have firmly established themselves as the leader in the Japanese smart home segment.
Japan is a global leader in the field of development and innovation of smart housing mechanisms. Panasonic realizes the potential of the Japanese smart home market, which is propelled by the development of cutting-edge technology and ideas.
Panasonic has established itself as the brand to look up to for a country that has the most thickly spread and technologically advanced population in the world.
Mr. Kazuhiro Tsuga, the President of Panasonic Corporation, states, "Outside Japan, Panasonic is treated as a consumer electronics maker or say, a TV manufacturer, in some sense, but the reality is we are trying to change ourselves. Our mission is to provide a better life, a better world."
Panasonic has invested its resources and capabilities heavily in the smart home segment. One example of this is the incorporation of PanaHome Corporation. This company is responsible for developing Japan's first-ever zero-energy town. The residential project will be capable of producing energy in the surplus in comparison to the total consumption.
The dedication of Panasonic in the PanaHome project is well reflected by the fact that all PanHome houses have been accredited with an "A" ranking in the environmental efficiency assessment carried out by the CASBEE Certification System.
Sony Corporation joined forces with the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings to develop and build smart home services for households in the year 2016. It has enabled the technology giant to produce devices and equipment which can be primarily used to monitor children and seniors at home while you are on the go.
The smart products and devices by Sony Network Communications, a subsidiary of
Sony Corporation, are based on the principle of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
It’s products and services were launched in August 2017 in collaboration with Tokyo
Electric Power Co. Holdings, which owns a huge customer base nearly 20 million
household within Kanto area in Japan.
Sony has made excellent use of its mobile communications technology along with the energy technology by TEPCO to deliver world-class products and services to its customers.
It could signify that the occupant is in danger or trouble and needs urgent assistance. Sony has truly set a benchmark in developing technology for smart homes.
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
Toyota Corporation came up with a plan to create a smart city by the name of Woven City. It has been envisioned to be the home of both permanent residents as well as researchers. The idea is to create an environment where human-technology interaction happens in a smooth and uninterrupted manner.
Mr. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, stated, "...with people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology… in both the virtual and the physical realms … maximizing its potential.”
This city has been planned in a manner to be completely self-sustainable. The buildings would be majorly made of wood to decrease the impact of carbon footprint. Further, smart homes will be fitted with the latest in-human support technology, like robots. Similarly, artificial intelligence is being used to keep a check on the health of the residents. All these factors are believed to enhance the quality of life by several notches.
Secual, Inc. grew out as an extension business from the strategy and IT consultations firm, IgnitionPoint, Inc. in the year 2015.
The devices from Secual come installed with acceleration sensors that allow you to keep a check on your home from anywhere in the world. The sensors are connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which enables the devices to send messages and notifications directly to your smartphone.
The software used for sensors allows you to connect multiple gateway devices to your account. This technique allows every individual gateway to control up to a maximum of 10 sensors at a time. Further, machine learning technology enables the system algorithm of the device to improve calibration continuously.
Secual has a wide range of convenient and affordable home security systems. One of the most preferred models is priced at about ¥10,000, i.e., about 95 USD.
The resolution and objective of the company are well reflected in the words of Secual's Chief Operations Officer Mr. Naoki Nishida, “We wanted to make a business out of finding innovative technology that ties in with solving social problems."
CONNECTED DESIGN, INC.
Connected Design Inc. started in the year 2015 as a joint venture between Tokyu Corporation, iTSCOM (Tokyu Group) and the Fujitsu Cloud Technologies Limited (Fujitsu Group).
Connected Design has worked considerably in the field of creating devices that use the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and artificial intelligence for excellent and satisfying customer experience.
The three-fold network of IoT analysis, Mnubo's data analytics, and iTSCOM's artificial intelligence has put Connected Design on a high pedestal in the smart home solutions market.
Connected Design is credited with introducing in the Japanese markets the concept of 'first-to-market' smart home service known as 'Intelligent Home.'.
According to iTSCOM Intelligent Home's Executive General Manager Mr. Koji Takeda, “We are embarking on a transformational journey in the Japanese market by becoming the trusted brand that is putting the power of a smart home in the hands of homeowners.”
More than 90% of the entire population of Japan lives in the cities. That has provided companies such as Connected Design with opportunities in the areas of housing security and equipment.
The development of smart home devices and buildings is all about the creation of an invisible yet responsible technology that helps to facilitate human knowledge and efforts in producing newer technology and solutions. We hope this article helped you know more about the top Japanese smart home companies.