IoT interview series P.2 – Joakim Ceder

At Scionova, we strive to make the world a little bit better. But what does that mean in practice? To give you an insight into our daily work, we have performed an interview series asking our consultants about their experiences within IoT. 

Find out below what Joakim Ceder, senior consultant and co-founder of Scionova, has to say about his current role and assignment:

Joakim, tell us about your current role and what tasks you work with.

My role is called “Requirement Specialist”. I work with a customer who produces smart home devices and my task is to help them ensure that their products follow prevailing requirements in each market they want to work in. This means that I work towards authorized certification companies and authorities around the whole world. 

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What value is created to the customer or end user through your work?

– For the customer, the main value is that their products are legal so that they can in fact be sold. And that this process, of certifying products, is as efficient as possible.  

The higher value is that the products are safe for the end user, so that they’re not hazardous in any way or disturb other devices. My work also ensures that the end user’s expectations of the products are being met, which is important in protecting the brand.

 

What is the overall problem within smart home products that engineers and developers try to solve?

The overall problem that companies try to solve with smart home products, is to make people’s lives easier. But in order to do so, the products have to tick off the safety and security boxes! With privacy being a big part of it. So I would say that’s the fundamental problem that engineers and developers work with. 

I believe that, in the future, we are going to work a lot with intelligent actuation of our smart home devices. Instead of controlling our devices manually, they will start automatically when we need them to. Improving the intelligence of our smart home products will also enable them to let us know when they need to be maintained, before they might break. That will cause people less problems in their homes, and yet again make their lives easier.

 

How does this development benefit companies?

For the companies that sell smart devices, data can help them develop their existing and future products. By analyzing data from sold products, they can learn about how they are being used. In that way, they can choose to develop the most used features, and remove others. With data it’s also possible for companies to predict when the products will break. With this information, they will be able to enhance the quality of their products where it’s needed.

 

Why is it important to optimize products in this way? 

It’s mainly about making the end user as satisfied as possible. In a bigger perspective, if we are able to make sure that products last longer, by fixing them before they break, the impact on the environment will be less. Same thing with the possibility to update their software, the products will stay modern for a longer amount of time.

Have you missed part 1 of this series? Click here to get to it! 

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