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Published on November 6th, 2019 | by The GC Team


Industry group launches smart home guide for beginners

The Smart Technology Product Safety Stakeholder group, led by Electrical Safety First and law firm DLA Piper and comprising businesses and organisations involved in the production and sale of smart devices, has published a smart home guide for the “absolute beginner” which provides consumers with the basic information to make their homes smart or smarter.

The publication covers what households need to know about the smart home, from the initial planning, to buying, installing and using smart devices.

“Many people would welcome the benefits from making their home ‘smarter’ but they don’t know where to begin”, explains Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First (pictured).

“Although you can find lots of information available about smart products easily, much of it is not written for the absolute beginner. And it usually doesn’t give a joined-up approach.

“There are immense benefits to be had from a smart home, and we want to see people making informed and safe decisions about how they use smart technology. But this also needs the collaboration of the industry supply chain – as our stakeholder group has shown – to ensure a fully integrated approach to home safety in the 21st Century.”

Michiko Jo, Senior Associate at DLA Piper and joint Chair of the stakeholder group, commented: “The smart home environment is becoming increasingly prevalent. Proper and safe functioning of smart devices not only requires businesses delivering high quality products and services but also promotion of consumers’ understanding of these devices and their use.

“This industry-led guide promotes good practice in this space and is an important first initiative by the stakeholder group, which we established with Electrical Safety First.”

The Smart Technology Stakeholder group membership comprises BEKO plc; Bosch; British Retail Consortium; British Toy and Hobby Association; CEDIA; Dixons Carphone Plc; DLA Piper (UK) LLP; Electrical Safety First; John Lewis & Partners; Lightwaver Technology Ltd; Tech UK and Tesco Plc. The guide, which is free to download, can be found here.

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