Smart and Affordable
Schneider Electric held the third series of Smartment round table in Delhi to talk about how SmartTouch is the right solution at the right time.
After Mumbai and Bengaluru, it was time to move to the Capital. Schneider Electric along with Construction Week continued its Smartment series where the company is keen to educate developers on SmartTouch, the new solution from Schneider Electric to make home control effortless.
Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director, ITP Media Group (India), welcomed the panellists and other guests.
Held on November 15 at Hotel Shangri-La, the round table was moderated by Hari Easwaran, head, contracts & procurement, L&T Realty, and co-moderated by Hariharan Balasubramanian of Schneider Electric. The panellists comprised Deepak Uppal, head projects, Vatika Group; Manpreet Saluja, DGM – R&D (MEP), Tata Housing & Development; Sumit Virmani, CTO, ATS Infrastructure; Ashok Rastogi, sr. VP, projects, Adani Realty; Vishal Ahuja, director and head, client solutions & platforms, project management, CBRE; Brij Nandan Yadava, executive director, DLF; Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, purchase head, Signature Group; and Rahul Bhargava, GM Architecture, BPTP.
Throwing the first question to the panellists, Easwaran asked their capabilities in terms of adopting smart solutions in the homes they build. Uppal said that his company has numerous apps to make the apartments smart. Much advanced technologies are used to monitor vehicles and install plenty of apps for residents. RFID tags are issued to all residents and regular visitors for safety purposes. Speaking of perception, Saluja said that the market has several solutions to offer. “But knowing the right one, managing it and then educating others is a hurdle often faced by buyers. Developers are too burdened with development to conduct due diligence on products available in the market. If one can be assured of constant Wi-Fi, then it would make sense to scout for such solutions,” he added.
Virmani added that ATS has ensured that water and power may fluctuate, but not the internet. The first company to provide FTTH (fibre to the home) since they build mainly super luxury homes, the company has invested in technology so as to offer best quality to buyers. Rastogi elucidated that it is necessary to draw a balance between choosing smart solutions and selling homes at competitive prices. These solutions would be apt for uber luxury homes, but not in mi-level houses.
Highlighting how technology has seeped into lives, Ahuja said that every car has technologies that were not present a decade ago. Similarly, it’s with homes. Soon these smart solutions will become common and everyone will want them. Bhargava pointed out that offering necessities is what one must look after first. Smart solutions can be add-ons, but provide only is needed.
Yadava and Sharma spoke about having more cost-effective solutions that will enable them to offer these add-ons to buyers. The market is flooded with solutions, but they find a need to install these in luxury homes and not in mid-range homes. It works well with developers who have gained a reputation in the market for luxury homes.
Subramanian said that Schneider Electric brings in domain expertise that can be immensely valuable to customers. Though the market is mature in certain places, it is yet to comprehend the kind of solutions Schneider Electric has that can not only make homes smart, but bring all this at a reasonable price considering the benefits.
Ratnesh Pandey, sr. manager, marcom, and Anupam Srivastava, ecobuilding division, Schneider Electric, gave out details and advantages of SmartTouch solutions to the delegates and also held a demo in the hall to prove its capabilities. Srivastava said that installing such devices are beneficial in the short and long term as they assure safety and a quality life.
The evening ended with cocktails, dinner and much