November 28, 2022

Panasonic's smart home technology is built in India

Panasonic has been in India for near 50 years now, and you’ll maybe understand it largely as a client home equipment firm, with merchandise like TVs, washing machines, and rice cookers. However truly, it’s additionally into sensible manufacturing unit options, industrial IoT and battery options, show options, safety, surveillance and promoting options. “Go to any PVR theatre in India and you might be most likely watching the film on a Panasonic projector,” says Manish Sharma, CEO of Panasonic India and South Asia.

Armed with all this knowledge and expertise, the corporate arrange an innovation centre in Bengaluru in 2017 with the thought of growing sensible houses. And it got here up with MirAIe. MirAIe is a platform that may join a variety of merchandise within the house – air-conditioners, doorbell, fridge, washer, followers, plugs and switches. “Now we have developed plenty of merchandise within the innovation centre, however MirAIe is the flagship product. Among the tech produced round MirAIe right here has been successful for the corporate worldwide,” Sharma says.

MirAIe has been in-built a means that different {hardware} corporations can also join their gadgets to the platform. “We needed MirAIe to be a one-stop-shop for all of your sensible house home equipment – to keep away from the trouble of downloading a brand new app for every model each time. We’ve already collaborated with two very giant corporations in India and are engaged on bringing extra corporations into the fold,” Sharma says.

To construct a sensible house platform like MirAIe from scratch, you want software program engineers who’re proficient in cloud computing, knowledge lakes, knowledge evaluation, machine studying and AI. You additionally want folks with the flexibility to design, develop and combine firmware with {hardware}.

For the R&D staff, one of many massive challenges was to offer a single open interface that may join with an entire host of merchandise. “It needed to be agnostic of protocol and platform, be it an Amazon or Google platform. The thought was to deliver down the shopping for price as a lot as doable. We needed to do lots of worth engineering and construct fashions that had been scalable. We even partnered with a bunch of startups to allow this,” Sharma says.

MirAIe-enabled ACs manufactured in Haryana are at the moment being exported to South Asia, the Center East and international locations in Africa. “The info being collected from customers now and sooner or later will show to be recreation changers within the business,” Sharma says.


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