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"The number of smart and connected devices for end consumers is exploding. But the more devices people own, the more obvious are two fundamental issues the industry has created: Firstly, the lack of interoperability between devices of different vendors. Secondly, the need to create accounts at the vendor's cloud services for registering the devices there. Both issues prevent the broad acceptance of smart home technology beyond the early adopters. Since many vendors still prefer silo offerings, walled gardens and business-driven alliances, the wishes from the users remain mostly unheard. Over the past 6 years, the open source project openHAB has become one of the most popular solutions that connects to a multitude of different systems, comes with powerful automation rules and provides a single user interface for all devices to address such interoperability needs. This webinar introduces common use cases, wide-spread technologies and regular problems of home automation and it shows how the open and flexible architecture of openHAB helps addressing them."
Speaker: Kai Kreuzer

Short Bio:
Kai Kreuzer is a Java and OSGi expert based in Darmstadt, Germany. He holds a diploma in Mathematics from the Technical University of Darmstadt and spent part of his studies at the Imperial College London, UK. Being a Home Automation enthusiast since childhood, he is now founder of openHAB, president of the openHAB Foundation, project lead of Eclipse SmartHome and co-lead of the Eclipse IoT top-level project. He works as a Developer Evangelist in the Connected Home department of Deutsche Telekom AG and is a regular speaker at international conferences. He runs a blog athttp://www.kaikreuzer.de and tweets as @kaikreuzer.