Sowee

Connected station for the smart home

A few months project from prototype to production

Find out how

Sowee uses MicroEJ to power its connected station for the smart home

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EDF, the leading producer and provider of electricity in the world with more than 35 million customers, wanted to enter the smart home market and offer innovative products and services to its customers. They chose to create Sowee, a dedicated subsidiary that would operate in an agile and independent startup mode. Sowee develops and sells a new connected product which provides services for the connected home with the ambition to improve the comfort of people and energy efficiency with innovative, yet simple digital solutions.

The Sowee connected station for the smart home allows subscribers to better manage their heating system and monitor their consumption of electricity or gas. For that purpose, Sowee is connected over the cloud to the home’s heating system and also to the data collected from the home’s energy meter. Sowee also provides additional services such as : air quality, away mode, weather forecast, traffic conditions, and remote monitoring and management from a mobile app.

Sowee chose MicroEJ OS as a software platform for its connected station.

MicroEJ covers all software needs for connectivity, secure firmware upgrade, data sensing, storing, processing, security, user interface, and secure connection to the cloud.

phone_section6_picThe major challenge Sowee had to face was time-to-market, as they wanted to follow a very aggressive delivery plan.

The extremely short project schedule was even more challenging considering that the company was starting from scratch. Sowee connected station is a true IoT device: it has multiple sensors that collect, store and process data, it provides rich GUI features to the user, it runs on battery, it is capable of firmware upgrades, it connects over Wi-Fi. It also establishes connections to several platforms in the cloud: MicroEJ Store for hosting and deploying apps and firmware images, LogMeIn Xively for data collection and firmware upgrade, Salesforce.com for managing customer accounts and aggregating clouds from ecosystem partners.

Sowee could use MicroEJ SDK’s fast prototyping capabilities, by developing hardware with low-level software and high-level software independently and in parallel. The resulting agility in software development enabled short iterative cycles with close interactions between all stakeholders: marketing, engineering, customer service, production, management.

A few months project from prototype to production

MicroEJ technology helped Sowee to deliver its connected station from prototype to production within a few months.
MicroEJ allowed to offer new services to users and new uses in the connected home. MicroEJ will also allow to develop and deploy easily new apps to devices. Sowee expects its station to become the missing link that will make the smart home a reality, by aggregating all players, devices and technologies around its platform.

“MicroEJ solution is integrated to Sowee connected station. Its ease of use and quick implementation allowed to achieve a major challenge as we, with the help and expertise of our partners, developed successfully a robust and modular product, which can evolve in time for an always-improving user experience. MicroEJ was a key partner of our innovation.”

Eric Mevellec, IOT Director of Sowee.

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